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  • Dogs eating manure

    Does anyone else have an issue with dogs giving themselves an extra "snack" down at the barn? We live with six horses here and my dogs are addicted to the poo. It's disgusting and I try to work with them on it but its hard to remove all temptation. They've gotten better about it, they will no longer sneak into a stall while a horse is in the ring or outside to eat, but we use the manure to fill in holes on the property and they will find the holes and gorge themselves. I don't really care THAT much about the nasty factor, but my younger dog has started developing sores on his chin, from the ammonia I think. Has anyone ever had a similar problem? I don't know whether its serious enough to call the vet about, but it looks painful and gross so I'd like to help it clear up.
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    Just don't worry about it. Dogs were designed to eat really disgusting things.

    I have read somewhere that they need green grass or the nutrients in green grass, but they lack the digestive juices to break grass down. That's why they will eat grass and promptly throw it back up. That's also why the first thing they eat from vegetarian critters that they kill, ie rabbits, etc., is the stomach and its contents because the green stuff is already partially digested for them and they can utilize it.

    I just figure that manure is full of partially digested grass and/or hay, and that the dogs wouldn't eat it if they didn't need/like it.
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    • #3
      As VR said, don't worry about the eating.

      For digging up the holes, top dress the horse manure w/ dog poop and they will (or should) leave it alone.

      I don't know about the sores.... I've not seen that happen...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by millerra View Post
        As VR said, don't worry about the eating.

        For digging up the holes, top dress the horse manure w/ dog poop and they will (or should) leave it alone.

        I don't know about the sores.... I've not seen that happen...
        Unless you have my dog. That would be like cherries on top of the sunday for him
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Big_Grey_hunter View Post
          Unless you have my dog. That would be like cherries on top of the sunday for him
          EEWWWW! That's worse than cat poop!

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          • #6
            I don't care if they dine on fresh horse poop in the barn. When they bring a fresh, green, stenchy turd into the house to snack on--I draw the LINE! Gag!

            With 6 dogs, I figure it is simple repurposing of nutrients. And dog poop full of horse poop composts much better
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            • #7
              I too have multiple dogs and although we have moved from the farm, thus removing them from the Horse Turd Candy Store, they will still sneak a snack of each other's turds now and then. They eat lots of vegetables and fruit, so maybe it tastes good the second time too. Grosses me out but I can't seem to totally stop it!
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              • #8
                Yep, dogs.......they are quite disgusting aren't they! Besides horse poop, mine also snuffles for rabbit poop like she's digging for truffles! Should see her, that lab nose wiggling away in the grass and then a look of pure joy as she chomps down on the berry layden rabbit turd......blech.....
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                • #9
                  I'd prefer them to eat it over rolling in it.

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                  • #10
                    My dog isn't interested in the fresh stuff...what she loves is the frozen "poopcycles" that are abundant in the winter! That seems less gross to me. My vet says it is fiber... but to be careful after deworming or if a horse is on certain medications that are dangerous to dogs and can be passed through poo.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ponies123 View Post
                      Does anyone else have an issue with dogs giving themselves an extra "snack" down at the barn? We live with six horses here and my dogs are addicted to the poo. It's disgusting and I try to work with them on it but its hard to remove all temptation. They've gotten better about it, they will no longer sneak into a stall while a horse is in the ring or outside to eat, but we use the manure to fill in holes on the property and they will find the holes and gorge themselves. I don't really care THAT much about the nasty factor, but my younger dog has started developing sores on his chin, from the ammonia I think. Has anyone ever had a similar problem? I don't know whether its serious enough to call the vet about, but it looks painful and gross so I'd like to help it clear up.
                      Could be that the sores aren't related to the poo-eating. Does your younger guy eat (regular food, that is) from a plastic bowl? Young dogs get a bacterial infection like acne-one cause is contact w/plastic. Does he have any other sores on his head or neck, or in his groin?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wendy View Post
                        I'd prefer them to eat it over rolling in it.
                        Yes ma'am!!!!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wendy View Post
                          I'd prefer them to eat it over rolling in it.
                          LOL! So true

                          My puppy seems to like horse poo, cow poo, chicken poo and of course.....kitty roca!
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                            KITTY ROCA!!!! EXCELLENT!!!

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                            • #15
                              I had heard somewhere that the Navajo word for dog literally translates into manure eater . My little dogs are worse than my big dogs in the poo eating category. I used to have a little yorkie poo that was a dedicated poo eater. Her most favorite poo belonged to my male yorkie. When he was out in the yard and "assumed the postion" she would get right behind him and literally wait for the the turd to fall out of his butt. Grrrosssss! She loved chicken poop too. Things got really gross when she would over indulge and then come in the house and vomit it all back up . I have a couple of large dogs now that I have to keep a close eye on because they love fresh horse poop. One of them will gleefully roll in it too which does nothing to amuse my daughter who's bed he sleeps in at night.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by foggybok View Post
                                LOL! So true

                                My puppy seems to like horse poo, cow poo, chicken poo and of course.....kitty roca!
                                Originally posted by PRS View Post
                                I had heard somewhere that the Navajo word for dog literally translates into manure eater . My little dogs are worse than my big dogs in the poo eating category. I used to have a little yorkie poo that was a dedicated poo eater. Her most favorite poo belonged to my male yorkie. When he was out in the yard and "assumed the postion" she would get right behind him and literally wait for the the turd to fall out of his butt. Grrrosssss! She loved chicken poop too. Things got really gross when she would over indulge and then come in the house and vomit it all back up . I have a couple of large dogs now that I have to keep a close eye on because they love fresh horse poop. One of them will gleefully roll in it too which does nothing to amuse my daughter who's bed he sleeps in at night.
                                BLECKK!! I knew one who did the same-she positioned herself at the poo fountain, and especially loved the diarrhea dogs--she'd follow them around the field, just waiting for them to assume the position....I could never quite forgive her for putting that sight into my memory.

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