This is So Gross.

Since moving to our new place, Scout has begun testing the boundaries. We have to tell her thing multiple times, with increasing sternness. She has to be reminded of rules and practices that used to be old hat (sit and wait for people to enter the door first, sit and wait for her food, etc.). We expected this from what we read: dogs will push the boundaries of their new home until they learn that the hierarchy hasn’t changed. But even with Scout’s bits of rebellion, nothing has had us more stooped than her new-found habit of eating poop.

All dogs love poop, it’s a known fact. For whatever reason, chowing down on some feces is just about the most enjoyable activity they could think of. Scout is no exception, as much as we wish it weren’t so. Our neighbor directly next door has about a bazillion cats, and they are accustomed to using the mulch in our yard as their litter box. They jump over the fence and use the bathroom, and Scout could not be more thrilled with this. She hates the cats, and chases them off without getting near them (she’s all talk, no bite), and then promptly enjoys the little gifts they leave behind. We’ve been trying to catch her eating it so that we can stop her, but this is impossible to do in every occurrence.

This morning when B let Scout out, he watched her. She went right over to the mulch and started eating the cats’ droppings. When he went over to stop her, he noticed something really revolting: the feces has worms.

This discovery has me completely disturbed. Is Scout going to get worms now? We didn’t even have to deal with worms as a puppy, and the idea has me freaked out. I’m going to call and talk with the vet once they’re open and see what they say. The few things that are assured from this are that a) the neighbors aren’t taking full care of their cats, not a good thing, and b) We’re going to do whatever we can to keep them out of our yard. B is going to get some “cat away” mulch today that his dad told him about. Apparently cats don’t like it, so it should discourage them from coming into the yard and at least discourage them from using it as their litter box, and c) We’re considering trying some Dis-Taste tablets to help discourage Scout from eating her own waste. Yep, she’s a fan of that, too. Gross. The things you  have to deal with as a pet-parent…

Update: Just spoke with the vet tech. Apparently Scout is at risk to get worms now. We have to keep a close eye on her stools and make sure we don’t see anything, and if we do, we’ll have to bring her in to get treated. Ugh!

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2 responses to “This is So Gross.

  1. Donna and the Dogs May 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Ohhhh noooo! Not you too! Our neighbor feeds a feral cat colony, and all three of our dogs indulge. :-(
    I am concerned about worms too, so I give HW meds that include wormers. I use Heartguard Plus for Meadow and Inteceptor for Toby and Leah. (Meadow was on Heartguard when we adopted her, and I didn’t feel the need to change it, since she was doing well on it.)

  2. puppymakes4 May 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Yikes! It’s amazing how people will care (or not) for their animals. We’ll have to see if Scout’s Heartgard covers worms. Fingers crossed!!

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