Q. When we're out hiking, my dog will eat cow pies. Is this dangerous?
A. It's not exactly something I'd recommend, but on our Almost Heaven Ranch here in Idaho, I have to admit that eating what fell out of the south end of a north-moving anything - horses, deer, elk - is practically a hobby for the Becker dogs.
Related: Why Does My Dog... Eat Poop?
Eating waste is normal and natural to dogs, even though the very thought of it makes us gag. While not that many dogs have access to piles of cow or horse manure regularly - it's more of a country dog thing than a city dog pursuit - almost all dogs seem to find whatever feces they can get to be quite appealing. Cat feces is near if not on top of the list, as we veterinarians hear constantly from disgusted and desperate pet lovers asking for a cure for litterbox cruising.
Dogs also, of course, eat their own feces and that of other dogs. Honestly, I have to laugh whenRead More »from Is it Dangerous for My Dog to Eat Cow Pies and Other Animal Poop?