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Poop eating

OK, twice now Mucho has eaten his own poop. Sorry for the gross post!

The first time I caught him in the act - he was nibbling on a fresh piece in the balcony. He got yelled at and removed from the scene, and given a thorough mouth washing.

The second time he finished his snack uninterrupted. He was unsupervised on the balcony where he does his business, and there was no evidence left apart from a stinky tell-tale mouth. He got a mouth washing and a bit of fresh apple to eat to take the bad breath away. It's been ~10 hours since he ate so frankly I was surprised he actually had any poop in him. I never actually watched him a) poop or b) eat it but that kind of stink couldn't come from anywhere else. Unless there was a leftover piece we didn't pick up from the morning jobbie. This is a 4th floor balcony so there's nothing else there.

Apart from obviously being a very gross habit, should we be worried? I've read that poop eating sometimes means a dietary deficiency, but we really the trust the feed we give him. He eats twice a day (morning/evening) and weighs almost 5kg now at 4months + 1 week old.
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Unfortunately, it's a very common (if gross!!!) habit in dogs of all breeds. It CAN be from a nutrient deficiency… more often it is just because they like it. Because I knew that was always a possibility, Kodi NEVER was unsupervised when pottying until he was well over a year old. I didn't want to take a chance on him developing a taste for it.

There are things you can add to their food that supposedly make it taste bad, though I'm not sure how well it works. I've also heard some people will leave poop available, but coat it with very hot hot sauce, so that after one taste, they decide that's not such a good idea. Not sure how well these methods work, because it's problem I haven't had personally. But I know there are several people on the forum who have battled this… Hopefully they will weigh in!


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Zelda is a proud poop eater. It started one random day out of the blue a few weeks after we brought her home. She would rush for it the second it was available... So gross. We had to supervise very closely and worked a lot on "leave it." She eventually got less obsessed. Our vet said we shouldn't worry and said the supplements were ok to try but don't always help much. She still gets into it pretty often but her obsession has died down. I'm hoping her interest phases out completely as she grows up. Gross animal...


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Mucho isn't that obsessed - he will immediately turn around to sniff his product, but generally leave it alone.
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Tyler was also one of those gross poop eaters. I tried everything on the market and nothing worked. His habit went on for years and years. The only thing that worked was my getting it before he did. A little over a year ago, I changed his kibble and, voila! He has never looked back since. Pun intended.


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I am hopeful with this thread, Mason started a month or more ago, Dixie more recently. It is so hard to get to it quickly enough. UGH. I tell everyone, "dont let them lick you! they eat poop" I brush their teeth and tongues daily. I am disgusted by this habit. They are nearly perfect otherwise I think they play with it sometimes too, when they use their pee pad at night, sometimes i find little hard pieces in weird places. HELP! please. Mary, what kibble do you use????

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I am hopeful with this thread, Mason started a month or more ago, Dixie more recently. It is so hard to get to it quickly enough. UGH. I tell everyone, "dont let them lick you! they eat poop" I brush their teeth and tongues daily. I am disgusted by this habit. They are nearly perfect otherwise I think they play with it sometimes too, when they use their pee pad at night, sometimes i find little hard pieces in weird places. HELP! please. Mary, what kibble do you use????
Natural Balance LID Sweet Potato and Fish broke the habit for him. Recently, I began to add Honest Kitchen Zeal as a topper and so far so good with that one too. It doesn't mean that it will work for you, but it worked wonders here. It only took about 14 years. Lol


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I've heard that adding a little yogurt to their food can help, but I haven't tried it myself.
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Added yogurt and pumpkin a few weeks ago... nice solid poops now, better for playing with I plan to try some fishy kibble or treats next. thanks for advice!

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Oooh the shame.... Jack is a poop eater. His, Nessie, rabbit, whatever he can get. I put pumpkin in his and Nessie's food. It helps a little but I still saw him the other day merrily flipping a frozen poopiscle into the air and running happily around the yard with his treasure.

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