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Kira not a poop eater, but licking poop may be the cause for concern.

I'm wondering if this is the cause for Kira's recent intestinal inflammation?

Kira has never been a poop eater. Even when our Maltese poops on her wee pad, Kira may occasionally sniff it, and walk away.

However, I just saw kira lick "animal poo" in my rear yard. It may have been from a cat, because we do have a couple strays in the neighborhood, and I have seen them on my property.

Yesterday, I took Kira for a walk around a local lake. It was a beautiful scenic trail, and there were no people or dogs. However, there were geese, and geese poop. And yep, in a flash, I caught kira licking it.

What's this attraction to cat and geese poop?

I'd also bet the farm that she had a little picnic in my backyard, and it was the cause of her intestinal infection.
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I think some dogs just like it. Unfortunate for us humans . My dogs love goose poop.

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I have never had critter poop cause any problems. I even asked the vet about it because mine are in the woods a lot and I have caught them snacking on deer poo before I say leave it. My observation is the dogs seen to like deer, rabbit, goat poo and avoid coyote and fox scat..........but they do sniff. Prolly figure those herbivores give them a nice dose of benefiical bacteria.

I was concerned about cross contamination (worms, bacteria) and the vet was not too concerned. Leptospirosis is shed in urine and she said most animal poo is actually pretty safe.........but that was one vet.............

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I almost wish I could use goose poop for training treats for Cheyenne. She is not food motivated, so training has always been a challenge trying to find a high value treat that works for her. But she LOVES goose poop! Hmmmm...

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I almost wish I could use goose poop for training treats for Cheyenne. She is not food motivated, so training has always been a challenge trying to find a high value treat that works for her. But she LOVES goose poop! Hmmmm...
Interesting.

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My friend actually DID use goat poop for training treats! It was the only thing her dog went crazy over. Ick is all I have to say on THAT matter. We just have not really had any exposure to goose poop with the current dogs.

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My friend actually DID use goat poop for training treats! It was the only thing her dog went crazy over.
At least goat poop is in nice, dry, hard little berries that are relatively inoffensive to handle!

My dogs love goat poop, goose poop, chicken poop, cat poop, horse poop... any kind of poop will do. Fortunately I haven't had one that eats its own poop. I just worm regularly and don't worry too much about it. It's gross, but not really harmful as far as I know.
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OMG I would do just about anything for my dogs, but training with poop is about ten steps over that line.

The only kind of wildlife poop I have hear that is dangerous is raccoon poop. It has some nasty stuff in it.

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