My dog, Belle, gives new meaning to the term "s*&%head". She's been a poop muncher since she was a puppy. Eating her own has curbed off, but she still loves to go snacking in the kitty box. One night not too long ago she crawled into bed with me and I smelled something nasty. Turns out it was the side of her face and breath that smelled, well....you know. At 1:00 am I was forced to get out of bed, scoop up Belle (she's a chihuahua) and take her into the bathroom to wash her face and, yes, brush her teeth! Ewww!
We tried "forbid" when she was a puppy. The vet said to put 1/8 of a tsp in her food. Yeah, right. I dosed her with a whole packet and it still didn't work! I cracked up when the vet told me "put this in her food, it will make her poop taste nasty." I looked at her and with a straight face replied, "As opposed to how delicious it must taste now?"
She thought a moment and we both burst out laughing.
I don't feel so bad though. Dr. Rose said her own dog very often comes running into a room with her nose covered in kitty litter. She looks at her own dog and asks her "What have you been doing?". If she can't get her own dog to stop, oh well with trying to get Belle to give it up.
Bottom line....it's gross but it won't kill them.