Q. My dog has been eating its own stools. Is this normal? What should I do?

A. Unfortunately dogs can be quite disgusting and eat their own faeces it can be for varying reasons. Maybe just because they like it, or due to boredom, hunger, stress or anxiety or sometimes due to not having a balanced diet and they have a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Firstly ensure your dog has a balanced and complete diet and feed it twice a day to alleviate boredom, hunger or deficiencies.

Secondly always try to clean up after your dog.

There are products available from your local pet store to add to your dogs food to eliminate the problem or you can try adding some chopped pineapple to your dogs food. Most dogs love the taste of it as it is sweet but apparently once it has been digested it tastes awful and should put your dog off eating its faeces. Another technique you can try is putting small amounts of chilli powder or Tabasco sauce on the faeces. Basic training such as 'leave it' can also help. If he is keen to eat other dogs faeces on walks etc you can purchase a Baskerville muzzle and put it on him for walks to prevent this.

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