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my puppy is 10 months old - this am i caught him eating his feces - why is he do...

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Question: 
my puppy is 10 months old - this am i caught him eating his feces - why is he doing this - what do i need to do to get him to stop .
Answer: 

Believe it or not, dogs eating their own stool is actually quite common. Although, it is not usually a sign of illness, it is not healthy for the dog and can lead to transmission of disease, digestive problems and as you could probably guess, bad breath! To get your pet to quit this bad habit, it will likely take a combination of both physical deterrents as well as some good training. As a physical deterrent, I recommend a product called For-bid (sold by most veterinarians) that when added to the pet's diet, will make the stool have a bitter flavor that most pets do not like. In addition, I highly recommend that the pet's stool be picked up as soon after defecation as possible to minimize exposure to the pet. When walking your pet, it is best during training to have them on a leash where you can better control what they may want to get in to! If they attempt to eat their stool or another dog's stool, which is also quite common, a verbal command of "Leave it" as well as firm control of the leash will help teach them that this is unacceptable.

Comments

16 Jan 2011 11:10 am

pegs13 said:

I was told he ate his feces because he was lacking in nutrients from the food he was eating. He isn't eating other dogs feces but his own. I have tried a number of things to try and deter this habit but nothing is working. The person I spoke to told me to change his food to one higher in nutrients, like nutro, blue buffalo or wellness. which is better for his specific problem

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