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Question: 
How do I get my dog to stop eating his own feces? He started when he was a puppy and is still doing it. I pick up his stool regularly, have tried using meat tenderizer on his food and even changed his food but he continues. I am feeding him Eukanuba chicken formula for large breed. Another person suggested either Nutro, Wellness or Blue Buffalo. He had Blue buffalo as a puppy and had horrible gas. What should I do?
Answer: 

Believe it or not, dogs eating their own stool is actually quite common. Although, it is not usually a sign of illness, it is not healthy for the dog and can lead to transmission of disease, digestive problems and as you could probably guess, bad breath! To get your pet to quit this bad habit, it will likely take a combination of both physical deterrents as well as some good training. As a physical deterrent, I recommend a product called For-bid (sold by most veterinarians) that when added to the pet's diet, will make the stool have a bitter flavor that most pets do not like. In addition, I highly recommend that the pet's stool be picked up as soon after defecation as possible to minimize exposure to the pet. When walking your pet, it is best during training to have them on a leash where you can better control what they may want to get in to! If they attempt to eat their stool or another dog's stool, which is also quite common, a verbal command of "Leave it" as well as firm control of the leash will help teach them that this is unacceptable.
Your PetSmart Pet Trainer can also assist with additional training ideas.

Comments

23 Jan 2011 3:46 pm

BeavisMom62 said:

Great answer above. Good suggestions. Another food additive to make poo distasteful to dogs is using MSG (in Accent - a people food seasoning, found in the spice section in supermarkets). I've never used it personally as thankfully my dogs outgrew this habit, but I've heard if you can't find For-Bid, it is a good substitue.

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