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    Exclamation My Dog Is Eating His Poop!

    Someone help me, PLEASE! My 7 month old, 3 1/2 lb poodle is eating his poop and then vomiting. It happens usually overnight. The vet gave me For-bid. He still eats it and throws up. Someone suggested Deter from a pet store, another was told Accent (from the kitchen) worked. They seemed to help for only two days. Today most of the poop was left in his Purina litter pan, but he ate some of it and started vomitting...so much so I had to rush him to the hospital. The Vet now says to wire muzzle him at night and when we're not home. My hubby won't hear of it. WHAT CAN I DO? Does anything work?

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    Is the dog in a crate at night? Can you remove the feces before he eats it?

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    He's not crated at night because we thought he was potty trained at least to use the dog litter pan. He usually will ONLY urinate in the pan. But about once a week for the last month he has started pooping overnight and then eating it. Today was the first time he pooped during the day in the pan and ate only some of it (since I has treated it with Deter and Accent).

    If I'm home he will not poop inside. I'm away from home 5 hours three days during the week.

    Should I start the 3 hour crating cycle again? For how long?
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    I'm almost tempted to say you could leave him in there the whole 5 hours, as that would be convienient for you, but I personally don't like to use a crate for longer than 4 hours (except at night). Some dogs have a preferred tolerance to the crate, and that's awesome, but it doesn't change my stance on puppies and confinement. Yes, I would use the crate again, for a few weeks, if not longer, along with teaching "off".

    Now I've heard of spinich being another option. Placing a teaspoon into his meal, and something about the end product detering the dog, but I've never personally had to try it. Good luck, and let us know how things come out (no pun intended).

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    my vet said its because theirs a certain mineral their not getting in their food. I forgot what it was called, but you can prevent it by changing to a higher quility food or I've even heard people say to put pinapple in their dog food mix

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    Question What is a good food choice?

    He eats the Nutro brand, the Natural Choice selection which is the best for digestion according the company. Any suggestions on something better?

    Regarding the spinich, should it be fresh or dried, or does it matter? The vet suggested no soft food, only dry right now. How will I mix that?

    I guess I will try the crating again and see if I can come home in 3 hours. I do a volunteer work, so I will have to make a way to get home to take him out. My hubby will not like that too much, but I'll have to explain the benefit.

    Does anyone know of a product I could use just in case he still potties before I get home. I hate him vomiting.

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    I'm not getting this. Put him in the crate with nothing but a towel for comfort at night and when you are not home. A 7 month old dog should be able to go 5 hours during the day and 7-8 ours at night without an accident.
    If he messes the crate, you just change the towel and clean the crate with Natures miracle or other enzyme cleaner.
    If you have trained him to a litter box when he is out and about in the house then you will have to clean it immediately after he uses it. And I think that a food change is in order. I would go with something higher in protein. Our pound pup ate poop when we fed him the shelter Purina stuff. I changed to Kirkland chicken, rice, and vegt and she hasn't done it since. There are many other premium brands to choose from. Go to the local private pet food store with premium brands, explain your problem, suggest and see their reaction to possibly higher protein food, and they will send you home with gobs of free samples to see which he prefers.

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    Thanx Briteday for the advice. I will start crating him again at night and when I'm not home.

    When my hubby and I ARE home, he actually will not use the doggie litter pan, though. He goes outside. We were only using the litter pan for nights and when he was home alone. Up until about four weeks ago, he would not even poop in the pan, only urinate if he needed before we got up or got home. But now he's starting to poop in it and since we're not here to get it up, he eats it.

    We thought we were being kind by allowing him an option for bladder/bowel relief when we were not available to take him out. He's only 3 1/2 lbs and not expected to grow anymore although we are trying to fatten him up.

    All your advice is much appreciated!

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    Morning,

    I also had a dog that was a poo eater. I tried everything until my daughter told me that she has this with her horses too. A young colt will eat his mothers poo in order to give himself the proper digestive enzymes to prepare him for eating grasses. I never knew that so I thought why not try a probiotic enzyme and see what happens (nothing ventured nothing gained) I went to walmart and bought a bottle of Acidophilus (about $5.00 for 120 caplets) and crushed one pill a day and sprinkled it on her food for about 14 days. She stopped eating poo and never went back to it as long as I fed her the Acidophilus.
    Brandi Kadin and Mom

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    Thanx Brandismom! I will give it a try. He is the sweetest thing and he ONLY does it when we're not home. Will let you know how it works out.

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    Thumbs up Pooch eating poop

    I'm no expert, but I have owned two dogs, an Akita and a Doberman.Neither have ever eaten their feces or any other dogs' feces. They rarely even sniff at poop that we pass by on our walks. I attribute this to their diet. My Akita ate Solid Gold Millenium and my Doberman now eats EVO (which has no grain in it). Most recently I have noticed one of my client's dogs (who I walk everyday) will eat my Doberman's poop if she has the chance. She is fed Science Diet. I truly believe that dogs who eat their own or others' feces are lacking something in their diet.

    Should anyone have another theory, I would be glad to hear it.

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    You can determine when your dog will have to potty based on when he was fed and watered last. Restrict his food intake after a certain time. Good luck! (Poodle hugs and kisses to your little guy!)

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