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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Eating own poop

Our almost 4mo old eats his poop. It's only when he poops inside but not when he goes outside. The Vet gave us something called For-Bid. I used it this AM and now he has diarrhea. Anyone else ever use this?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 07:58 PM
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I have never used it. Good luck though.... very icky habit for them to get into.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 10:03 PM
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what do you mean he eats his poop when he poops inside?
i take it he's not house trained? how often are you taking
your dog outside? where are you when he's poop eating?
he can only eat his poop when he's inside when you aren't
watching him. if you take him out more often maybe he wouldn't
poop inside.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 01:14 AM
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This is very common amongst dogs.. I have read quite a bit & Kaiser does it too.. So I try to clear the poop as soon as possible.. Keep a paper under him when he's pooping & quickly pick it up once he's done.. He's only 7.5 weeks old now hence I can't take him out on the road to poop so he does it on the terrace of my bldg.. He doesn't do it at home though.. I don't know about For-Bid but I think u can try adding pineapple to his meal.. I heard that makes it taste bad.. Don't know, haven't tried.. I just clear the poop away asap!
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review the entire diet

got up to do some reading -- must be "silly" because on reading this I laughed out loud

"Thank you for choosing For-Bid™ Coprophagia Deterrent. For-Bid™ is a purified protein feed for animals that is intended to stop stool eating. When ingested, For-Bid™ travels through the gastrointestinal tract and imparts an unappetizing taste to stool. Upon tasting the stool, the animal will notice the unpleasantness and should discard it. As this association is reinforced, the stool eating should cease.

For-Bid™ is not an enzyme mixture and does not alter the normal digestive process of the animal. For-Bid™ is made with high quality ingredients that have been shown to be generally recognized as safe by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration"

sodium glutamate is your basic MSG -- a food taste enhancer .

maybe the dog is missing something in the diet -
in any case a 4 month old should be gong outside



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All you can do is be there when your dog poops and be ready to pick it up immediately. Raina will try to eat hers if she gets a chance. She got in the habit of looking for cat poop in the yard so in the morning I scan the entire back yard area and scoop up any cat poop from the previous night before she goes out. I stay outside with her and follow her around to pick up her poop before she gets a chance to eat it. I tried the pineapple route but then she wouldn't eat her food if it had the pineapple touching it. I thought eventually she would out grow the habit but now she is four years old and would still eat it if she had a chance. You should be working on housebreaking and training the pup to go outside all the time, not inside ever.


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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks...and for those thinking I'm not taking him out enough I am...about every 2 hours. He is close to being housetrained however we have only had him for 2 weeks. It is a rare occasion that we do not catch him inside but when he does have an accident he likes to eat it. THank you for your suggestions....I will try the pineapple if this continues since his system doesn't seem to like the for-bid.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 11:23 AM
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I'm dealing the same thing, my Delilah ALWAYS do this. Yes, cleaning the poop immediately is only my this normal for them..?
I try to watch her secretly and wait for her to poop, and when I see her try to eat it I will go out quickly with a high voice NO..and come to her and again talk to her NO while I'm pointing in her poop.. But until now she keep doing it.

I read one time poor feeding cause this..but for me I keep her meals on time..
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 09:02 AM
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It doesn't have to do with time frame or regimen of feeding, but the food being offered. I had a pica dog, but once I changed his food to a high quality grain free food, he quit. You might review your food choices. it can be caused by some dietary need that isn't being met.

Also sometimes it's a habit they started as young puppies. More closely monitoring is probably called for.
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Over the years I've heard a spoonful of canned pumpkin recommended, but I've also heard mixed results on whether it works. I'd give it a try, as it's natural, nutritious and may already be in your pantry (dogs like the taste of it too). (By "canned pumpkin" I mean plain pumpkin as the only ingredient, not canned sweetened pie filling!)
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