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how can I stop my dog from eating her own feces


Asked by Member 259748 on Oct 5th 2007 in Coprophagy (Stool Eating)
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Chloe

There is a product called "For-Bid" that you can buy at Petsmart & other retailers:
www.drsfostersmith.com

You just follow the instructions to sprinkle some on his/her food & EW! Stool will actually taste yucky!:)


Chloe answered on Oct 5th.

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Jack

First, you need to address why she is eating her own feces (or anyone else's for that matter!)

Basically, the vast majority of dogs who eat their own feces are doing so because they are not being fed the proper food.

Good, high quality food is meant to break down over time in the stomach, while cheaper dog food can sometimes have an unbalanced combination of nutrients and pass through the stomach too quickly.

The result is that the feces that comes out, smells (and tastes) like the food the dog just ate (at least to her!) and so eating it seems perfectly natural to her.

Also, if the food is passing through her that quickly, she's probably still hungry and desperate for nutrients.

There are other reasons for this behavior, but this is the most common, by far.

Check with your vet to make sure she is healthy and transition her (over a week) to a quality food, split into several meals per day to see if there's an improvement in this behavior.


Jack answered on 10/5/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Guest

I saw a show recently that was dealing with this problem. Like the answer given previously she is probably eating too quickly and the food is not being digested. You can try giving smaller amounts more often; this will help with the digestion. Also give small chunks of pineapple when she’s done with her food, this will make her stool smell awful and she won’t be tempted to eat it. Of course it will take a few helpings of pineapple to do the trick. Hope this helps...


Member 503744 answered on 10/5/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Bleu

If you have already seen your Vet you may want to add pineapple and/or can real pumpkin to her/his food. It is healthy for them but they won't eat their own poop.


Bleu answered on 10/6/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer