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my older dog (77) is eating dog when I take him outside

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my older dog (77) is eating dog poop when I take him outside for his walk; I feed him healthy snacks & dog food why is he eating poop?

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Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.

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Is he eating his own feces or another dogs?

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This is called copraphagia, CLICK HERE for more information

Dr. Altman :

In an older dog it can mean they are not metabolizing/ digesting their food well or it can mean they have issues with anemia or other organ function

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If Dewey is eating his own feces you can put things like meat tenderizer in his food to deter the behavior

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You can also purchase something to put in the food such as a product called deter

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If he is eating other dog's feces this is much more difficult because you cannot treat their food!

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In this case leashing on a walk temporarily to stop the behavior but if it continues I would definitely recommend having some bloodwork done and an examination to ensure there is nothing else going on that is causing this new behavior

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Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance or clarify anything today

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Hi Renee,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Dewey. How is everything going?

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