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Why does my dog roll in fox poo?

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Unfortunately the desire to roll in animal muck, urine, rotting carcasses and other strong smelling disgusting things is a natural instinct that stems back to your dog’s ancestry. In the wild, dogs did this to mask their own scent so that they could creep up on their prey more easily. It’s also believed that some do it to protect their young.

Although dogs no longer need to hunt, it’s still a basic instinct and stopping them is difficult. Some even do it after a bath because they naturally don’t like to smell clean!

Be vigilant and have a really good recall. Call them immediately if they are sniffing at something and start to drop their shoulder as if to roll.

If you are walking in an area where it is more likely to happen, keep them on a long lead, or walking close to you.

To get rid of the nasty smell, some people swear by tomato ketchup rubbed into the coat and rinsed off. Apparently it neutralises the smell. However, this is not something we’ve tried and we would recommend that you bath or shower your dog using a special dog shampoo. Animology produce a dog shampoo called Fox Poo which is formulated to remove the poo, deodorise and deep clean. There are also deodorising sprays for dogs – Pet Head sells a range.

Do not use human shampoo or washing up liquid, and don’t shampoo your dog too often, it could strip their coat of its natural oils. Your veterinary surgery will have a range of pet shampoos etc  to choose from.

If you would like some advice, don’t hesitate to contact your local surgery and ask to speak to a nurse.


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