Sunday, October 02, 2005

Problem with Poop Eating Pooch?

Google Answers: HELP FOR THE POOP-EATING DOG: "Coprophagia (the eating of feces) is indeed repulsive but it is a
natural canine behavior, especially with puppies. Normally, as the
pup�s desire to eat more solid and complex foods begins to mature the
behavior usually stops. If it doesn�t, have your dog checked for
parasites. It may also be that he is lacking a certain necessary
bacteria in his digestive system. Have him checked for this and also
have him placed him on a NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE medically approved (or
supervised) diet appropriate for his age. You want to make absolutely
sure that he is not vitamin or mineral deficient. There are some other
things you can do to help rid him of this urge to consume waste:

Keep his �bathroom� clean and feces free. Some time away from it may
help divert his attention from obsessing about it. Keep his break area
poop-free and make sure other dogs don�t soil it either.

Train your dog. Put him on a lease and introduce him to the word OFF.
The word NO is not a good word for this because NO can mean a lot of
things. Dogs can recognize a surprisingly large vocabulary. Get
yourself a dedicated word specifically for this purpose. Lead your dog
to some poop in a leash a couple times a day. When he struggles
forward to get a small or a taste, snatch the lease (gently for a
small dog of course) and firmly command �OFF� or even �NO! OFF�. [ I
have a friend who uses the word PHOOEY ]. A couple of weeks of this
and your dog will not need a lease anymore. You simply give the
command OFF and he will anticipate the snatch and will immediately
avoid contact. If he starts to go back to this behavior he might need
another week on the leash as a remedial lesson."

--I think diet is the key

Chronic Ear Infections

Google Answers: Golden Retreiver chronic ear infection: "Some dogs have chronic ear problems (the infection is not controlled by general medication or returns when general medication is discontinued). In these cases, the ear discharge should be cultured so that the precise organism can be pinpointed and treated specifically. Regular treatment at home with disinfecting ear washes should become part of the pet's grooming routine.
Further testing may be in order to determine why the infection
continues to recur. Allergy is the most common reason for recurrent ear problems.
Ask your vet if s/he thinks skipping an ear washing and ear drops the day of culturing, to allow a greater chance of collecting organisms, is a good idea."
--good advise