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Dear Daisy Dog

Hershey, our chocolate Lab, has sewer breath. Our veterinarian examined her thoroughly but could find nothing wrong.

I suspect she is eating rabbit droppings. I try to clean the stuff up before she finds it, but I am rarely successful. Is there any way to stop this awful behavior?


Daisy Responds

Sorry, but no. We dogs consider rabbit droppings and cat poop to be delicacies.

In fact, I helped myself to the tasty leavings in our cats’ litter boxes several times. Mom figured it out when I ate a litter box snack and then kissed her.

She recoiled, and minutes later, she barricaded the litter boxes.

Hershey will continue to dine on rabbit droppings as long as she can get them. So you’ll need to discourage the rabbits from coming into your yard.

To do that, install an infrared motion-activated sprinkler, such as a ScareCrow. When a rabbit comes into range, the sprinkler will blast water for three seconds.

One sprinkler covers up to 1000 square feet and can fire 5000 times on one 9-volt battery. Only two to three cups of water are used per activation.

Until the rabbits move out for good, improve Hershey’s breath by brushing her teeth with mint-scented pet toothpaste.

By the way, eating rabbit droppings exposes Hershey to intestinal parasites, so have your veterinarian check her fecal sample regularly.

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