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J.T.   Tempe, AZ

5/2/2010 4:59:08 PM

For Gary in
Re: your dog eating poop, it's called coprophagia, and there's 3 different types of it. There's a variety of reasons why your dog could be doing it. If your dog has been examined by a vet and has been given a clean bill of health, then probably the best thing to do is just keep the dog from having access to any poop (if it's in your yard). Sometimes they like to eat it because it's a game between them and you to see how much of it they can eat before you chase them away. If your dog is eating it's own poop, then make sure you're keeping it picked up and not letting it be available to "snack on". I had a coonhound that loved it (whether it was hers or some other pet's. I tried every thing available to put in their food, but the only thing I found that worked was to give her cooked zucchini about twice a week. When I first started giving it to her, I did it every other day for a couple of weeks. Then I went to every third day for several months. Eventually, I got to once a week. It must make their stool smell something awful because when I did feed it to her and then she'd smell her poop, she would pull her head away from it like it was the worst stuff she ever smelled. I even fed it to my cats, and it kept her away from their litterbox. It didn't stop her entirely from eating poop when we were out on a walk, but I'd say the zucchini cut that down to 50%. She ate about 1 cup of food a day, and I would only add about 1/4 cup zucchini to it. I tried raw zucchini and it seemed to work just as well, but she didn't care much for it. But she sure loved it cooked.

Hope this is some help.

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gary   victorville, CA

3/31/2010 4:37:12 AM

Why does, and what does it mean when my dog is eating dog poop.

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Kat   Saint Lucie West, FL

2/24/2010 11:26:40 PM

Again Thumbs UP!!!

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kimberly   jackson, AL

1/30/2010 8:37:36 AM

One way to kill bad breath is to get an ordinary toothbrush,with soft brissels,and brush there teeth with just waterand dog treats

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jami   Kansas City, KS

11/19/2009 2:08:50 PM

There is a wonderful new product on the market that does wonders with our dog's breath. It is called Rupert's Simply Smoochable Doggie and Kitty Mouth Spray(I think it available on line). It is really good stuff.


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Staci Heasley   Pulaski, PA

9/18/2009 4:46:20 PM

My shephard/husky mix has such horrible breath it actually smells like rotten garbage. I have tried yip yaps, greenies, brushing his teeth more often, and nothing works and I honestly don't think that him having bad breath, and that being the only symptom, means that there is in fact something wrong. He is in excellent shape and shows no sign of pain. If any of you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate them.

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Lonna   DeWitt, NY

9/12/2009 11:24:36 AM

I recommend trying the "greenies" regardless of what other people are saying about the dog treats. I have a 4 yr. old "psychiatric service dog" black lab/rottie mix name Dakota who just loves greenies. My dog has been eating greenies ever since he was 6 months old and I have NOT had any problems with the treats. Dakota gets 1 greenie per day...I supervise Dakota from start to finish and he is not allowed to leave the living room with his greenie...when he is completely done chewing and washing the greenie down...I give Dakota the "command" to kennel up (leaving door open)and that is where he rests for an hour or two. Dakota is never allowed to play until he has rested for those 1-2 hours. I hope this will helps

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

7/24/2009 6:11:56 PM

Wow!I didn't realize all of the things that can contribute to bad breath. Thanks for the info!

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sk   nh, DE

6/17/2009 11:21:07 PM

good info

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Courtney   Baltimore, MD

5/4/2009 6:02:23 AM

My Ginger has awful breath. From what I have read from other comments it seems most dogs have bad breath. What to do...what to do... Any suggestions? Please! My dog also gives me a hard time letting me brush her teeth. Been doing it since she was a pup and she still doesn't like it. Grr!


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janet   bethlehem, PA

4/27/2009 3:36:37 AM

good article thanks

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Louise   Tupelo, MS

4/21/2009 10:14:10 AM

Agnes has killer breath. We took her to see her doc and there was nothing there. I started to use those freshies, but she won't eat them and refuses to brush her teeth. Any one have thoughts?

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irene   fishlill, NY

3/8/2009 5:47:43 PM

i have 3 pugs and there breath is unbearable. they have phy. yearly and are up to date with all vacines. whay can i do. also what could i use to clean there creases?

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becka   here, MN

2/23/2009 10:06:10 AM

how is periodontal disease infectious? my dog can get it from other dogs? how is this possible.

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Ted   odessa, MO

12/22/2008 9:18:36 AM

I am impressed with the thorough answer.

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Lulu   Maui, HI

12/10/2008 4:08:33 PM

Good info!

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mason   arrat, VA

10/19/2008 5:22:09 AM

I'm glad I read this

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Mona   Perris, CA

9/18/2008 12:02:49 PM

WOW! I thought they just needed their teeth brushed!

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