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Ok so a re-cap of the last 2 ish weeks. Noticed George has started diggin little holes in the backyard which he has never done before. Started eating poop again which he hasn't done since he was about 4-5 months old. He was dewormed a few months ago with ivermectin and when we went to the vet for our checkup his labs said his eosinophils were up- vet said likely due to a parasite. I pick up the heartworm and dronsil tomorrow and hopin that fixes the problem. Beyond all of that tho, he's been spending more time in the kennel because I can't trust him in the yard and inside he just wrestles with Lacey and i need to restrict her movement still because of her leg. Anyhow- he pottied 3x in his kennel last night not ling after a potty break outside and then once more this morning at the top of the stairs before excercise. Last nigt I figured he was just doing it to get out of the kennel. The first 2x I just cleaned up and put new blankets down n put him back in there with his bones. The last time no more blankets which just made him more whiney. Last night I was thinkin behavioral. This morning I'm thinkin it might be more but there was no signs of infection in his labs tuesday... Any other thoughts? My mind always goes back to damage from early neuter... If it was an infection, bladder kid ey anything it would have showed up Tuesday, right??? Ugh. Dang naughty boy.
 

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Have you made any big changes in the household? If he's in his kennel a lot more, are you still letting him out to get as much exercise as he was?

I don't know ... I was thinking a UTI or something healthwise because these things are popping up so suddenly.
 

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No Changes really since we moved up here before thanksgiving. No food change. He's been getting more exercise and one on one time because I can't work lace out. Stairs and a little fetch here and there. Been a bit cold to do walks consistently but he is getting exercise. Like I said he had been out several times to go out potty n still went in his kennel right in front of me, and his labs were literally just drawn tuesday. If anything was goin on it shoulda popped up with red flags... I don't know. These little mystery happenings with my dogs are quite baffeling to me. Not loving it...
 

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How old is he and what type of lab work did they do? Sounds like a UTI if it was a neuter problem it would be all the time not just here and there. If you vet said eating poop is because of worms find a new vet! Eating poop has nothing to do with worms or parasites. It can be behavioral or food related. What type of food do you feed and how often?
 

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Lol. No the poop issue i'm pretty sure because he's still hungry and he's figured out he can eat the frozen poo in the ice. There was no other signs of infection I even asked about a uti when she mentioned the raised eosinophils and she said that wasn't the type of white blood cell that would be raised with an infection, but most common with internal parasites. He gets 4 cups a day and they're on Kirkland lamb n rice for another month and have been since we got home. And the urination issue goes back to bub not bein able to hold it for longer than a few hours. He has a doggy door now so goes in and out as he pleases and I would say every 2 hours at least he goes out and potties. In his crate he can stay dry about 4-5 hours but if I leave him a whole work shift I come home to a wet smelly dog and get to give a bath. My schedule worked out really well before where either my roomy or mike would be home within 6 hours of him gettin locked up n he could usually make it that long... I've just assumed it was just a boy thing until somebody the other day said their boy can hold his bladder much like my girl- once in the morning and once at night unless i tell her to go in between. Anyhow, he's 16 months old now, about 67 pounds and could stand to slim down but cutting down food now I fear would just result in him diggin more poo outta the ice...
 

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Poop eating is not out of hunger. If he is eating it because it still smells like food then he is either not digesting his food properly or the food is a low quality food. You can try digestive aids like yogurt or probiotics. Kirkland is a good food but you may want to try the grain free food they just started carrying. I would lower the amount of food, being over weight is not good for any dog and being obese can cause bladder issues. (I doubt he is obese) Or it could be behavioral and in that case is hard to stop, some dogs just like to eat poop and I have about 6-8 of them here at my kennel! They learned from one another and is a dirty habit. You can try giving him a tsp of MSG meat tenderizer that you can pick up at any store and sometimes that helps. You can also try a spoon full of crushed pineapple but I have found many times nothing works but picking it up right away or not watching. ;)
 

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Poop eating is so gross. I thot he was over that :( he like the pineapple before and after he ate it last time so I just watched him close and brouht him inside til the poo was picked up. It's a little harder now cuz it's so cold and the whole yard is ice. The poo just ends up freezing into the ice overnight. Montana please warm up!!! Ugh. Ok well I'm worming em both n got em all up to date on HW. Glad for my job n bein able to get em into the vet but not enjoyin the loops they keep throwing me. Guess I gotta find some MSG n stay on my boy more. Ty Lisa ur wonderful at problem solving :)
 
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