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lkcheertex 12-08-2013 09:21 PM

Eating poop
Baron is ten weeks. When he has a poop accident in his crate or xpen he eats it. I'm assuming this is an instinct to keep his den clean. However, why doesn't this same instinct keep him from soiling in the first place. He is ALWAYS taken out before being put up and he's never in there longer than two to three hours.

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doggiedad 12-08-2013 09:56 PM

rule out anything medical. take him out more often. i think being in a crate
2 to 3 hours at 10 weeks old is to long without a break. at 10 weeks old
my pup was out every 15 minutes or so.

lkcheertex 12-08-2013 09:59 PM

When possible i take him out that often but even though I work at home I do have to work and I do have to leave the house.

He was just at vet Thursday and is fine.

Any other thoughts?

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doggiedad 12-08-2013 10:09 PM

keep him tethered to you. place the crate where you can see it.
get someone to come in and let him out when you're gone for
2 to 3 hours. when you were at the Vet's did the Vet check
a stool sample, urine sample or do any blood work?

Momto2GSDs 12-08-2013 10:17 PM

Agree with DoggieDad.

Here are some other thoughts:

Per PetMD: "For some dogs, eating feces is a behavior learned from the litter-mates and/or mother. But, dogs that are fed a low-quality food (or an insufficient amount of food) may also resort to eating feces in an instinctual attempt to balance out a dietary deficiency. This may be further exacerbated if your dog has a digestive enzyme deficiency, because it prevents any of the food’s nutrients to be properly absorbed by the body. Basically, your dog is attempting to eat feces in the hopes to forgo starving to death."

Dr. Karen Becker: "Dogs on entirely processed, dry food diets, who eat no living foods at all, will intentionally seek out other sources of digestive enzymes to make up for their own lifelong enzyme deficiency. Feeding your pet a diet containing human-grade protein, probiotics and supplemental digestive enzymes can sometimes curb the urge to find gross sources of free enzymes around the yard or in the cats litter box."

Coprophagia can also be caused by a Vitamin-B1 (Thiamine) deficiency. “B-1 deficiency can be caused by feeding your dog a low-quality or a nutritionally incomplete diet (Dogspire).”


Also, she may need some Vitamin K-1. You can supply this naturally to her diet by adding 1 Tablespoon of chopped parsley every other day (never use synthetic Vitamin K-3, also called Menadione Sodium Bisulfate, as prolonged use can possibly damage organs and have a carcinogenic effect). Additionally, “the flavonoids in parsley—especially luteolin—have been shown to function as antioxidants that combine with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules (called oxygen radicals) and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. In addition, extracts from parsley have been used in animal studies to help increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.”

Adding animal based enzymes and fresh foods that contain Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine) could curb this habit.

BileX is an animal based digestive enzyme and very cost effective. It contains Pancreatin, Ox Bile Extract and Papin (Papaya). Crush 1 or 1 ½ tablets between 2 spoons and mix into the dogs food. Bilex 90 Tablets by Douglas Laboratories Pro-Biotics also aides the gut: For Pets Probiotic Pet Probiotics | Optimal Digestive Health for Pets -

Here are some fresh foods that you can add to your dogs’ diet.
Pork is high in B-1. 1/3rd cup served raw several times per week may help. Pork must be frozen for at least one week before it is given to your dog. Choose very lean pork such as diced “taco meat” without any seasonings added or purchase pork chops on sale, take off most of the fat and cut in smaller pieces before freezing. Introduce slowly in small amounts at first.
Liver from Beef, Pork, and Chicken contain Thiamine. Asparagus (pureed), green peas (pureed), flax seed and tuna (cooked) also have high quantities of B-1 that can be added to the diet.

If you look for a commercially prepared deterrent make sure that it doesn't contain MSG (Mono-sodium Glutamate) which can be toxic.

If considering changing foods, I would suggest The Honest Kitchen, or Acana or Fromm's products.;)


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