I’m a very agreeable boy who loves to please and to learn new things, but there’s a few things I’d like to talk about. Learning should be fun. No self respecting Griff wants to do repetitious military style drills, way boring!
Some veterinary nutritionists have suggested that dogs eat stool to replenish enzymes so that they are better prepared to digest their food. There is also evidence that dogs that aren’t getting enough of certain nutrients will resort to eating poop. A lack of vitamin B is often said to be a cause of coprophagia.
In the wild, during lean times, a dog would eat it’s own feces to extract any traces of nutrients left. A mother dog is hardwired to keep the nest clean. She licks her puppies to encourage them to eliminate, then licks them to dispose of any sign and smell to avoid predators finding the nest. A submissive member of the pack may eat the feces of the dominant member. A dog harshly scolded for inappropriate elimination may try to clean the evidence. Dogs may eat poop out of boredom. Fresh cat poop is so stinky most dogs find it irresistible!
Chiari-like malformation (CM).
Chiari-like malformation is an inherited disorder characterized by a mismatch between brain and skull volume. It is mostly commonly seen in toy breeds, in particular the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, King Charles spaniel and Griffon Bruxellois
Syringomyelia (SM) is an extremely serious condition in which fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord near the brain. It is also known as “neck scratcher’s disease”, because one of its common signs is scratching in the air near the neck.
It is usually congenital but can be caused by trauma.