how does spicy food cause the shits?
My Shihtzu has a habit of picking her poop up off her poopy pad and carrying it somewhere else in the house and hiding it. The vet told me this is some sort of protective maternal thing that spayed female dogs do. But the real problem is my toddler now copies the pooch and is carrying his turds in his mouth and hiding them under his bed. Should I be worried about this behavior, or do you think it's just a phase?
Dr. Adams responds:
I am actually horrified that someone could be stupid enough to ask me this question!
Let me make sure I am clear here. You are asking me if I think you should be worried about your toddler carrying dog feces in his mouth???
First off, the fact that you could ask this question indicates to me that you are not fit to be a parent and pose a danger to the health and well being of your toddler. If you came to me in person and actually asked me this question, I would call the police and have you arrested for child abuse.
So obviously, the answer to your question is that your toddler should not be anywhere NEAR the dog feces. Dog feces are dangerous to all humans, especially little ones who do not have fully developed immune systems.
-- Dr. Adams
Dr. Adams is a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hopsital in Manhasset, NY. Got a question for him?