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Does anyone have any fairly scholarly links I could show to my vet about using pineapple to help slow poop eating? All I can find (and my computer is on valium tonight) are really basic links with lots of spelling errors, etc.

Is it based on the idea that it's an enzyme thing-like a pancreatic enzyme?

And therefore you'd only give it to the poop eater and not the poop-eatees?


I should know better to bring something up without doing my research first.
 

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you said "and therfore you'd only give it to the poop eater and not the poop-eatees". what does this mean? i know what the poop eater is but i don't know what the poop-eatees is.
 

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I don't think that made sense, did it! I meant the dogs whose poop is eaten by the poop eater. Some of those sprinkle on things, I'd have to give to all the dogs in order for the one dog not to "like" poo anymore.

I do scoop almost as it drops, but I miss some, or two dogs go at once...

Bruno loves fruit, so I thought he might be a good one to try pineapple with. But wonder what the science is behind it.
 

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My puppy only tries to eat her own; she ignores the other dogs' poop. Jean, if you get an answer to your "digestive enzyme in pineppple, give it only to the eater" question, let me know.

~Kristin
 

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This is very interesting! Thanks, dd.

Some of the articles say it makes poop taste bad. Which I would imagine would be...easy? difficult? Not sure!

Some of the articles say it's the bromelain, like in Prozyme.
http://www.smartcart.com/prozyme/cgi/display.cgi?item_num=PROZYME0908

Nina gets Prozyme and still wants to eat poop, but not as much as she used to. I think I am going to try that on Bruno, and buy him some pineapple. Though some say the juice and some say only fresh. I like fresh, so that's what we'll go with!

I was thinking he has SIBO, so this is my okay I'll shut up and not do an expensive blood test option. I'll try Prozyme and some salmon oil and see if that improves his coat/decreases the poop eating. But Kristin,
I always think of SIBO with poop eating.

Weird that she only eats her own-the vet asked that yesterday, but Bruno checks the "other" column.
I wish I knew what difference it made!
 

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Jakob only eats his own, and only sometimes. My pet theory is that there is undigested material in it at times.

The other interesting thing is horsepoop - very popular - apparently horsepoop is full of enzymes that aid digestion.

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Hmm... not sure if I did this right or not. But, I actually tried this two months back with our BrightStar Banjo.. I gave all seven of the dogs pineapple and cottage cheese..... and it did not slow Banjo down one bit. I was told by a vet tech that it is supposed to make the poop taste horrible.. I would think poop taste horrible already, but evidently not. Anyway, Banjo seemed to like the pineapple and cottage cheese going in and coming out. Yuck!

I will have to read more of what dd posted.
 

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Chama has been a poop eater all of her life. She's only interested in other dog's poop and especially the other dog that she lives with (meaning she's less interested in the poop we encounter on walks).

It gets worse when she's on a diet because I think she feels hungry and gets desperate.

It doesn't seem to matter what is in my other dog's food (and Basu was on some really fowl smelling herbs at one point), if I don't remember to pick it up, she will do it for me.
 

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Originally Posted By: ddJakob only eats his own, and only sometimes. My pet theory is that there is undigested material in it at times.

The other interesting thing is horsepoop - very popular - apparently horsepoop is full of enzymes that aid digestion.

dd
YES! Kramer, who will break a leg to jump over where another dog has peed or pooped, went with me to see some horses. To my total shock, he attacked a pile of horse poop like I would a chocolate cheesecake (hmmm...that may stop me from wanting chocolate cheesecake). I had to haul him off of it-I was STUNNED. I think it's sweet and maybe makes their bellies feel good right away!

Bruno's been eating poop since I got him. At first I thought it was just because he was malnourished, but then I think it got to be a habit. The vet said that Northern breeds seem to be bigger poop eaters...

I'd just like him to want to do it less.
Darcy's story doesn't give me much hope in the pineapple-and I forgot to add the Prozyme tonight.
 

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I've been giving Prozyme for about a week now (still in the process of upping the dosage). I haven't seen any change yet in her level of desire to eat her poop.

Pineapple didn't work with the foster BC that I had (I gave it to all of the dogs), but that dog also had intestinal parasites that the rescue group hadn't treated for/I didn't know about and I think that she thought she was starving to death.

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Pineapple did nothing for my poo eater, darling little Havoc.

Havoc likes Max's poo only. Forbid is a great temporary measure. I discovered that giving Max digestive enzyme helped.

I believe as Max is aging his system is less efficient about digestion and there is more undigested material in his feces. Havoc is growing like a weed and has had absorption problems so Max's feces are more "food" for him. I started Havoc on digestive enzymes to help his absorption and decided to give it to Max too. It has helped - it has not stopped it entirely but it has decreased it substantially. Between that and scooping regurlarly Havoc has little opportunity to dine.
 
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