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Tag Archives: poo

Debate: How should we tackle the problem of dog fouling?


Although most owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs, a small minority are still failing to do so. So what’s the best way of dealing with foulers? Sophie Mackenzie looks at various tactics that have been used, from shocking and shaming owners, to rewarding those who clean up.

It was on a normal early morning walk when my eye was caught by what I first thought was graffiti on the road in front of me.

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What to do about pet toileting problems


You never know when your pet might become a toilet rebel. But what’s behind it, and what can you do? Deirdre Vine investigates.

‘Inappropriate elimination’ – two sinister words that strike fear into every pet owner – can happen out of the blue, even with the most domesticated, well-trained animals. It’s certainly not uncommon, but it’s vital at the onset to rule out any underlying medical reason for the toileting dysfunction.

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What do you wish you’d known before you got a pet? Part 2

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Earlier this year, we devoted a blog post to the things you wish you’d known before you got your pet. We had a fantastic response, so we decided to ask 10 of our favourite mummy and pet travel bloggers, too. Their responses express the joys and challenges of juggling a family and pet.

‘I wish I’d known about the early morning rubbish clearances. Even though we feed our pet a healthy diet, she still cannot refuse the allure of bins.

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Weight gain and upset tummies – what to do

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Eating unusual foods or too many treats can be harmful to your pet. Vet and writer Alison Logan explains what to do if your pet has gained weight or is suffering from an upset tummy.

NEW FOOD If vomiting and diarrhoea occurs when you introduce a new food, then the food may not suit your pet. Dietary changes should be avoided for small animals in particular.

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Debate: should we use DNA testing to tackle dog fouling? Part 2


Last week, Councillor Robert Coghill told us how he supports registering dogs’ DNA in the battle against dog fouling. On the other side of the debate is Councillor Phil Scott, who believes that the answer is education, not enforcement

We recently ran a hard-hitting campaign to tackle the issue of dog fouling and the response was fantastic. We gathered enough intelligence to deal with the perpetrators by way of fixed-penalty notices.

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Debate: should we use DNA testing to tackle dog fouling? Part 1


Over in the US, one company is pioneering a hi-tech but politically charged solution to the global dog mess headache – “ but is it ethical and could it work over here? In the first of two posts on each side of the debate, Councillor Robert Coghill says why he’s in favour of dog DNA registers and the testing of dog poo to trace culprits and their irresponsible owners

The biggest issue I’ve faced since being elected is the problem of dog fouling. People ring me and stop me in the street to discuss the matter.

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Could compulsory DNA ‘poo-profiling’ banish dog mess from our parks and streets? And should it?

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There’s no doubt about it, dog mess is an everyday feature of urban life, with a small minority of dog owners making a health hazard of our streets, gutters and children’s playgrounds. But how do you solve a problem like this? Over in the USA, one company is pioneering a hi-tech but politically charged solution: compulsory DNA poo-profiling.

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Does your dog eat poo? Here’s what to do!

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Q: I have a two-year-old Labrador that eats other dogs’ poo! He searches for it as soon as he is off the lead and ends up throwing up at home. What can I do?

A: The habit you describe is quite common and is called coprophagia. In addition, you have a Labrador – and Labs tend to eat anything! To stop him from doing it, keep him occupied

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