Why Does My American Cocker Eat Poo?
by Angela Johnson
American Cocker Spaniel - He Likes To Eat Poo!
Hi, My American cocker spaniel is 15 months old and he loves to eat poo, and it doesn't matter whose it is!! If we take him for a walk, we usually let him off the lead, and if he finds a bit of poo, he'll eat it! He'll eat his own too!
I also have another American cocker, but thankfully he doesn't do it.
I have read all the reasons and he's not bored, he's on pedigree tinned food, he's been wormed, we pick it straight up as soon as he has done it in the garden...so I am stuck?
Does anyone have any ideas please?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
If you're picking up after him as soon as he's done his 'toilet' then he must be eating poo when he's out on his walk - I'm assuming off lead.
If you keep him on a lead until this problem has been resolved, he won't be able to eat poo.
If your Cocker Spaniel is otherwise healthy and is not underweight (your vet can confirm this for you) there are one or two things you can do for him.
You could try adding pineapple to his food, or pineapple juice to his water, because it's said that it makes their poo taste less palatable (?).
You could also split his meal allowance into two and feed him morning and evening to help keep that little tummy feeling full.
I also recommend you read the following articles on coprophagia (this is the term for dogs eating poop) and how to stop your dog doing it for much more advice.
Best of luck!
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