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As I reflect back on thirty two years as a practicing veterinarian I realize just how much our professional lives revolve around crap. Not to be taken in a bad way, I am referring to poop, feces, excrement, bm’s. We see patients for producing too much, too little, too soft, too hard, in the box, out of the box, and everywhere they are or aren’t supposed to go.
Half of our conversations with pet parents includes at least one crappy question. Our offices smell like it, our trash cans are filled with it and our floors cleaned of it. As disgusting as the thought may be, I am often asked why a dog chooses to eat it with the same mouth that then licks us in the face.
Their decision to seek out and consume cat poop has its basis in the fact that cats are very poor digesters. What goes in the front (mainly meat) comes out the back in neatly packaged bite sized morsels. A litter-box is a dog’s all you can eat carnivorous buffet.
Evolution: when times were lean and meals small and far between, dogs would survive by eating what they could find including the droppings of other animals. Mother dogs consume the feces of their puppies to keep the “house” clean. Puppies learn from this behavior.
As a learned behavior: they see you cleaning up the yard and are trying to please you by helping, or they have seen the reaction that their coprophagia (poop eating in geeky medical terms) gets from you and continue the behavior for attention.
Illness: while not scientifically proven through double blind studies in prestigious universities it may be an indication that your dog is missing something in its diet. Unless you feed a really crappy (and in this context I do mean really bad) diet nutritional deficiencies are hard to produce.
They’re dogs: and being dogs means we can’t always explain why they do something.
Whatever the reason may be, what has already come out should not go back in and the behavior should be discouraged. Regularly clean up after your pet and talk to your veterinarian about breaking this behavior.
Earle M. Rogoff, DVM
Johnnie and her cat Missy are inseparable. Johnnie rescued Missy from a shelter so that she has a forever home, they both live in a residential facility for low-income seniors in a small apartment, and their household is a One Health Family Member receiving donor-paid benefits to help afford veterinary care for Missy. Missy entertains Johnnie, prevents loneliness, and provides a source of unconditional love. Johnnie is grateful for the donor-paid vouchers she was able to receive from the generosity of people like you, donors of One Health Organization.
New One Health Family Member Tiffany cannot wait to get help for her beloved therapy dog-in-training; a veterinarian needs to examine his eyes and lumps on his belly. This is the story she wanted to share with our donors.
"Thank you so much for your help. Diesel helps me in so many ways. I have Aspergers Syndrome, depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. Diesel is in training to be my service dog. He will help me be able to be more independent and I hope someday I can even get a job where they will accommodate Diesel and myself. He has already learned "DPT" (deep pressure therapy) when I am on sensory overload or my anxiety is really bad he can lay on me which will help me relax. He is also learning to bring me my medications when I am having a meltdown."
One Health Family Member Vanessa left us the following message to share with our donors.
"I wanted to give you a quick update on my sweet Ellis. Dr. Brian was happy to see his ears were much better. He loaded up the ears with medication and we have a prescription. We go back in 3 weeks. I am hopeful that Ellis will be infection free then. I am so grateful to OneHealth Organization. Ellis' quality of life is so improved. He is playful again! I am so grateful. Thank you."
When Dr. Rogoff of Orange Village Animal Hospital learned of Lil' Girl's broken leg, he offered to help fix her leg for a reduced rate. This would not have been possible without the new Project Noah Fund, developed by Dr. Brian Forsgren of Gateway Animal Clinic. This is what Pauline had to say to donors who were able to help with this unexpected and expensive surgery:
“I really appreciate the help that everyone at One Health Organization provided to us. Everyone was so nice and treated Lil’Girl with great care. When I picked her up I could tell that she felt safe and comfortable. We are so grateful for all the help.”
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