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      Update on Lacy. Interesting connection for the question I posted 4 weeks ago

      After Lacy first came up with that "lick" sore spot that grew to a half dollar size, it has been 2 months of staying inside, crating, cone collar, trips to vet, antibotics, steroid dose pack, another ound of antibotics for another sore, etc.

      Two months later she is now almost ready to be outside everyday with Abby. The connection I found between Lacy not having access to Abby's stool, and with all of the above treatmemt, it must have killed an infection. I knew there was more to it ( health wise) than Lacy just getting a sore. She got another after sneaking at a potty break, then another 2 weeks of cone and antibiotics. I appreciate the kind posts, but I knew I had to find an answer. I commend those that are accustomed to picking up after your dog, however that is just something I have ever been used to.

      All in all, picking up after a dog is not something rural folks are accustomed to, at least not this one. So.. maybe we find a bigger property, seperate fences, both outside, problem solved. Only thing is, I've got to wait until my current suburb experiment sells. I told my friends it's hard to live rural, then come into a "city atmosphere" it's just a tough transition. So, the hope is to move forward, for the dogs and for the future.

      Sure it's a behavioral issue, that is tough to break with out supervision and sometimes seperation. Run a few trials every now and then to see if she's made progress. However, the long term solution is in a bigger property.

      I guess Lacy will just have to stay inside during the day for a while, so far it's working for her health issues, but she misses her pal Abby. BTW: Rescue Lab turned 9, still getting up and moving, thankful.

      Can't keep them happy all the time, but I do my best. Will post again when things have situated.

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      I appreciate what you're saying. I'm the last person to lecture on cleaning up poop as a rule. I keep goats and chickens for just that purpose. They fertilize my property. However, I have a poop eating dog and when two of my other dogs went on chemo, I absolutely have to clean up after them because it is toxic. I doubt that getting a bigger property will help. She'll find it no matter what.

      Best of luck.

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      I hope this works for you. Our rescue started eating her own, only her own, after we'd had her a few years. Diligently picking them up for about a year got her over it. I guess she just got out of the habit. She didn't eat her own while out on a walk, she was too busy hunting. It is easier if it's only their own that they eat.

      I understand what you're saying. When Oban re-infected himself with roundworms last winter I had to pick up his poop. The Vet said one sniff and he could inhale the eggs. We walk in areas where I don't have to pick up poop. ONe trail brochure even asks people to please flick it into the bush, off the trail. It's a pain in the neck to carry filled poop bags for most of the walk. At least it was winter so I could follow his tracks and find them. In non snow, since Oban usually goes many feet off the trail anyway, and poops are the same colour of old leaves and such, they are often impossible to find.

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      Interesting. I wonder if you added some probiotics and other immune supplements to her diet if that'd help. Honestly, w/ 8 dogs here and 5 acres, there is no way I can clean up behind my dogs. Only if they happen to be "naughty" and poop in the lawn (almost 1 acre) will I scoop poop. The field is a hay field, and so be it. I've not had a parasite issue w/ my adults and only have had a handful of mild cases in litters of pups at their 8 wk vet fecal check.

      But, I do give quite a lot of supplements and do not have allergies or other immune issues in the lines, so have to think that may be the difference?
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      Thanks for the replies

      The pro-biotics is something I have not considered, will do that. She is on prednisone, and Tri-fexus for flees/heartworm. Trying to rule out all I can, but it seems to come down to the stool eating.
      Lacy is doing ok now, but that is under some real close supervision. Which I won't be able to give her all the time, it has been a real adventure just getting her back healthy again.

      The plan is to fence off a " potty area ", then they can go to a play area that will be fenced off. An acre is plenty for that, and another acre for running and hanging out during the day. They are on a routine after eating, but when it's cold and dark outside hard to search around for poop. The fenced off area won't stop every occasion, but will definitely make a huge difference. Then every so often plow up the potty area, and plant grass, then do it over again. I've seen it work before.

      Other animals ( chickens, etc ) won't be accessible to them, so the potty area might just work, along with some tilling and seeding. Natures fertilizer, at least high in Nitrogen, will need to add phosphate to that area, but have a plan to make it work.

      Will check back in later. Thanks!

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