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Q: Why did my puppy eat his poop?

June 18, 2009 | By Theresa L. | 9 answers | Expired: 1905 days ago

Theresa L.

Mr. B. is 4 months old, coming out of parvo, sensitive stomach, on a special diet, and I caught him this morning, eating his poop! We had caught him twice before in the last couple of months doing this, but since then we watch him when we take him out and pick up poop in the yard, but this morning, while I was brushing my teeth, he had an accident, on his puppy pad :) , but then I caught him eating it!! Yuck!! Should I worry? I can't get the stuff to give him to deter him from eating it, but the meds will make him have diarrhea.... ???? By the way - this is his diet per day :), so I don't think it's the protein??:

1 cup of canned perscription Purina EN
1 cup of boiled boneless chicken
1 cup of rice
1 cup of dry food (which is dry Purina EN)
Total of 4 cups of food per day (1 and 1/3 cups - 3 times per day) Plus he gets a packet of Fortiflora once a day to try and curb the parvo diarrhea.

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Ches21
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Jun 21, 2009

I would stop the behavior before it gets worse that is gross because then you don't want your puppy to lick your face or another person's face. Even if that other person is one of your worst enemies LOL. watch an episode of it's me or the dog on youtube that says it will talk about how to stop that and why dogs do that. I know I have seen an episode based on that before. Good Luck!

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tina :.
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Jun 20, 2009

my chihuahua puppy does this too... and not just his own but the cat's too. a friend told me that they do that when their tummys are upset... i dont really know but we are taking extra precautions to m,ake sure my little fur kid doesnt do this again...
bless you for taking such good care of your sick puppy :)
good luck!!!!!!!!

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Stevecat511
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Jun 18, 2009

This is pretty normal doggie behavior! He can be trained not to eat things. Just tell him no and be consistent when he is eating things he shouldn't. Your vet may also be able to give you a few pointers. Good luck!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jun 18, 2009

my maltese does the same just tell him/her "no" when he/she tries to eat it

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JerZgirl
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Jun 18, 2009

I think he's just being a dog...dogs eat gross things sometimes. In fact he might be getting too much protein...dogs love cat poop because cats eat a lot of protein in their diets...

Now is a good time to teach him "leave it".

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Vicki
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Jun 18, 2009

He sure is a cutie!

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Vicki
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Jun 18, 2009

One of my dog eats poop also. I was told, in her case, it could be because she was raised in a cage @ a puppy mill & the dominate dog in the cage ate all the food so, in turn, she had no choice but to eat the dominate dogs poop. She always has an upset stomach. So...i would have to say it due to lack of "something" in her daily diet.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jun 18, 2009

i am sorry to say this but stat waching UR dog poop but keep um on a leash ,if u see hes strating to it togh a little on the leash but not to hard. if he keeps on eating toug a little harder than b4. if he stops eating give him a treat or say good dog and pat his head.

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Marta G.
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Jun 18, 2009

Your dog might not be getting enough protien from his food. You should go to a vet before it starts effecting his health. hope it heled

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