January 28, 2021

5 Reasons Dogs Eat Dirt

Dogs are fascinated by weird things. Let’s see, there’s the garbage … And of course other dogs’ pee and poop … And for some dogs – DIRT! And like the garbage can raiders (looking for that discarded food) and pooh eaters, there is a reason for your dog’s dirt-eating madness, so it’s not something you want to ignore. “Some say that it reflects an underlying behavioral problem,” says W Jean Dodds DVM. “This could be due to obsessive-compulsive disorder, mental problems, which developed from painful past experiences, or due to a genetically inherited behavioral problem. More commonly, this behavior is thought to […]
January 28, 2021

Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It

Of all the repulsive habits our dogs have—drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, licking their butts— nothing tops the disgusting practice of dogs eating poop. Their motivation may not be to gross us humans out, but it certainly does. So much so, in fact, that poop eating is often a reason people try to rehome a dog or even opt for euthanasia. There’s a scientific name for this habit— coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh)—and also both behavioral and physiological reasons why some dogs view dung as a delicacy. If you have a poop eater, don’t despair. There are ways to discourage the […]
January 28, 2021

Is it safe for my dog to eat its own sick?

If you’ve owned dogs for any period of time, you’ll be well aware of their less pleasant habits… However, there are very few that are as disgusting to us as eating their own sick! That awful “retch… retch… heAVe… slurp slurp slurp” is something none of us enjoy hearing from behind the sofa, especially if the culprit then trots round to give us a friendly kiss! But why do they do it, and is it safe?   Why do dogs throw up? First, we need to distinguish between 2 separate conditions. While dogs do vomit, they also regurgitate, and these aren’t the […]

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