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    G'Day Guys .

    We have a beautiful Labrador who under went some major surgery 12 months ago, since then he wasn't allowed to eat bones or dry food due to part of his stomach and intestine being removed. so he has been on a strict rice and soft food ie tin food and dinner scraps diet.

    Recently we have noticed he has been eating his own poo . We think it may be something missing in his diet ,
    any ideas ?

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    Default Dog eating his own poo !

    G'Day Guys .

    We have a beautiful Labrador who under went some major surgery 12 months ago, since then he wasn't allowed to eat bones or dry food due to part of his stomach and intestine being removed. so he has been on a strict rice and soft food ie tin food and dinner scraps diet.

    Recently we have noticed he has been eating his own poo . We think it may be something missing in his diet ,
    any ideas ?

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    I recall another member here had the same issue. Believe it or not but pineapple was what they where told to feed thier dog and it worked.

    Somthing to do with enzymes or somthing ???

    Heres a link to his blog...you could try sending him a message....he seems like a nice bloke.
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    Yes, Sean is right. Pineapple and Pawpaw with some natural yogurt (make sure no sugar!) read the label.

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    All my dogs have the same diet and only one eats her poo. Doesnt bother me too much any more, she has been doin it for years and is fit, healty and shiny. Plenty of exercise and interaction, so no real reason behind it. She obviously found it pleasurable and it became a habit. I think it started after I was feeding her a diet high in meat and rice after surgery.

    Most dogs are partial to cat poo becuase they can smell the high level of protein in it.

    I must say it doesnt bother me any more. I would have to feed all my dogs pineapple etc as she will nibble on their poo too.

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    If my memory serves me right, poop-snacking can be a symptom of pancreatitis... and whilst your dogs snacking could be nothing, it could be something, and given his medical history, I think it would be wise to at least call your vet to discuss.

    Good luck, and I hope it turns out to be nothing more than undigested food that's too appealing to let pass... (pardon the pun!)

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    I would take a guess and say it's the change in diet.

    Canned food has a high smell and raw food easy digested by dogs, so it comes out the other end still inviting to many dogs.

    Also diets high in fat can entice poop eating.

    You would need to see if it's OK with your vet but some pineapple put into your dogs food may help deter it, apparently it's not very enticing once it's passed thru.

    Thing with poop eating is that it can become a habit.

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    yeah MAC is right, it's most likely the change in diet and your dog thinks it can re-eat the poop and gain more nutrients from it, like dirt eating it can develop into an obsession and he may start eating other dogs' poop as well. You'll want to make him associate eating poop with something strongly negative, perhaps use a cap gun to make a loud bang every time he does it. After about 3 times he should have got the message that he's not allowed to eat poop any more.

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    Im with Mac too
    Especially in regards to the pineapple. Chuck it in with the food, and it makes the poos taste yucky

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    Merged threads. It's more of a health nutrition problem than a general one so it's here. Most of us read by new posts or todays posts, so making the same post in many places is not necessary.

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