Poo eating

bria

New member
I'm not sure if this goes here but I have something interesting to report. My Sherman has been eating poo since just after he was neutered (at a year old). He would eat only his and Bria's but not my Chihauhua's. I don't know why. Well recently Bria was very sick from possibly eating squirrel or raccoon poo and the vet suggested I put her on special food. So the food is for sensitive stomachs and I thought that since Sherman has a very sensitive stomach I might as well put him on it too. Sherman often had loose poos. Within a day of putting him on the food his poos were finally normal and, believe it or not, he has not once eaten his nor Bria's poo. It has been over a week now. Now I'm wondering if the poo eating is a digestive thing. They are all on (including the Chihauhua) this food. It's ID prescription food. Hills makes it and I can only get if from my vet. It's definintely not cheap a 40lb. bag cost me $145.00 and will probably last a month. The Orijen cost me $80 and a bag and lasted 3 weeks which comes out to $160 for 6 weeks. Still it's worth it's weight in gold if finally after 1 1/2 years Sherman has stopped eating his poo.

Susan
 

Lori

New member
Glad you found something that helps everyone. Sydney is on the r/d prescription food mixed with Wellness CORE reduced fat. I was buying the r/d at the vets but they didn't have it one time I needed it. They told me I could buy it at Petsmart with a prescription. I don't know if you have Petsmarts in Canada, but if you did it could be another place to buy it. I just got a script from the vet, took it to Petsmart and they give you a card with the script info on it. I have to show the card when I buy it also.
 

R Taft

Active member
I have always thought it was something lacking in the diet, but many have disproved this....But you are lucky to have found a "cure"...........All be it an expensive one :)
 

SunnyD

New member
Recently saw a Caesar Milan episode about poop eating. He determined the dog was lacking something in its diet. Started adding banana and the dog is no longer eating poop.
 

NinaA

New member
I have often wondered if the dogs all eat the same food, what would happen if the food of the "other" dogs - the ones who don't eat poop - changed. Would that stop it? In our case, our poop eater learned to do it while she was being starved almost to death, and she will honestly eat anything. In fact, we have to watch that she doesn't try to eat things like plants and tree leaves, etc. She did this when we first got her. But, it might work for some.
 

sara722003

New member
This is really a disgusting thing to witness. Years ago I heard it was something lacking in their diets, but I've heard other opinions in recent years that say it's just something some dogs do, regardless of their diets. To my dismay, BossMan will eat poop IF and ONLY IF it's frozen. ??????!!! Which just means that in the winter I have to bundle up and keep the yard pristine, or I'm grossed out. What is it with frozen poop??
 

victoria1140

Active member
we found that since adding a raw meal into their feeding routine we dont get poop eating anymore. Nothing specific a bit of liver, oxtails,pigs ears etc.

Susan try the internet for the id food , you shouldnt need a prescription but it should definetly work out cheaper
 

bria

New member
Lori I had no idea that it could be got at PetSmart (yes we have it here). I hate the thought of only being able to get it at my vet as there have been times when I've gotten low and not realized how low and my vet could be closed. I shall have to ask my vet about that though I wonder if they want us being able to get it at PetSmart rather than at their clinic.

Nina I can understand your dog doing it from being starved. That's a survival thing. I had that with my Maltese where he would try to drink his urine. Poor baby.

Sara I had also heard that it was a dietary thing but then heard that it wasn't. Can it be possible that all these dogs have dietary problems? My Sherman didn't eat frozen ones, he likes his fresh (yuck). Also he would only eat his and Bria's not my Chihauhua's nor any of the boarding dogs so I don't know what was up with that. He and Bria have always eaten the same food whereas the Chihauhua was on Royal Canin Chihauhua food.

Vicky I shall check the internet also I have a client who's daughter is in vetrinary school and she said she would ask her daughter if she can get the ID food. The daughter gets bags of Iams cat food for free and gives them to me all the time.

Still I don't mind paying the price if Sherman has finally stopped eating poo and his poos are normal. I guess it can't be bad food that I've feeding them and have put all 3 dogs on it just to make things easier for me. The Chihauhua (Gershwin) loves this new food. It's so much easier to have them all on one food. As it is I have the cats on 2 different foods because one of my cats developed a gastro problem so he has to be on Medi Cal Gastro which also is only available at the vets.

Susan
 

victoria1140

Active member
the problem with some poop eaters is they learn it from other dogs as well. Jessie I know ate her poop as when we rescued her pregnant she was a walking bag of bones and as fast as you fed her and it went out the other end she would eat it . Obviously Merlin picked up the habit from his mum and it took us ages until we started feeding extra liver,etc for them to stop it. I know my friend here buys the id food and it works out approx £10 per bag cheaper to buy online than at the vets. She also gets free shipping with it. Never had to have a presription for it though
 

bria

New member
Vicky here all the d foods (there are so many YD, WD, XD, ID etc...) are labelled prescription diet and we can only get this food at a vet. The thing is that I'm ordering a 40lb. bag which none of the vets seem to carry so they have to order it first for me to pick it up. It would be great to cut out the middle man and get it directly. I shall check this online.

I'm lucky that Bria didn't start eating poo from Sherman but she will try to eat cat poo outside. Also Sherman didn't start doing it til right after he was neutered. I wonder if there's a connection there as well. He was neutered at a year old and started to eat poo about 5 weeks after. He never ate it before as so often puppies do. Again tonight he was outside in the yard and had pood and left it there. This is wonderful unfortunately I know it doesn't work for everyone but I wish it did.

Susan
 
Top