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Coprophagia: Why Dogs Eat Poop and What To Do About It

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If your pit bull is in the habit of eating feces, chances are you want the behavior to stop--the sooner, the better. This is all the more true if your companion is fond of giving you kisses after indulging in poop eating.

The good news is that the most problematic types of coprophagia can usually be eliminated. The bad news is that--depending on the cause--it may take some commitment and work on your part.

Types of Coprophagia

There are three types of coprophagia:

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How to Cut Your Pit Bull's Nails

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The three most common responses American Pit Bull Terrier owners give when asked "how do you clip your dog's nails?" are as follows:

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Keep Your Pit Bull Healthy: Supplements for Disease Prevention

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Is your pit bull in good health and you want to make sure he stays that way? Or perhaps your companion is getting older and you're wondering if there is anything you can do to reduce the risk of illness during her senior years?

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Dog Immune System Boosters and Supplements

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A depressed immune response and the accumulation of toxins in organs and tissues are at the root of many chronic canine diseases. The following supplements support the immune system and aid the body in detoxification.

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Supplements for Your Pit Bull's Gastrointestinal Health

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Gastrointestinal issues are among the top five reasons dogs are taken to the vet. Problems can range from the mild--flatulence and the occasional bout of diarrhea--to the serious, including chronic gastrointestinal disorders such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI).

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Supplements for Pit Bull Skin and Coat Health

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Healthy, clear skin and a thick, glossy coat are about more than just looking good. The condition of your pit bull's skin and coat is a reflection of your dog's overall health.

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Herbs for Dogs and Pit Bulls: Holistic Pet Health

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If you enjoy hunting for natural cures and adjunct treatments for your pit bull, you know that there's no shortage of information recommending herbs for a myriad of conditions and ailments.

What's often missing, however, are the specifics: How much of the herb should you give your pit bull and how often? Which herbal preparations are best? How do you know you're using quality herbs? Should you buy a standardized extract? We talked to an herbalist who works primarily with dogs and cats to get the low-down.

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Natural Worm and Parasite Control for Dogs

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Intestinal parasites are a fact of life with dogs. Nearly all puppies are born with them, and most adult dogs have small amounts of worms. As long as the numbers remain small, most healthy dogs will be completely asymptomatic.

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Should You Buy Pet Health Insurance?

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The considerations for buying insurance for your pit bull are somewhat similar to the considerations for buying insurance for yourself. You want to be protected against sudden huge unexpected health care expenses, so you pay smaller premiums on a regular basis, whether your dog is sick or not.

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Supplements for Dog Cardiovascular Health

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It's estimated that one in ten dogs suffer from heart disease. But whether your pit bull has been diagnosed with a heart condition or you're trying to be preemptive because your companion is getting older, there are a number of supplements with proven effectiveness in promoting cardiovascular health.

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