My 5 yo yellow female has recently started eating her own poop. That is gross enough but after a while, her gas is leathal and then she will throw up huge globs of the undigested-but-now-fermented poop. Has anyone heard of this? Any solutions?
We have been giving her some over the counter tablets that are supposed to make her poop not too tastey (I guess) but she gobbles them up like treats and it is not working.
Perhaps it is not bad, health wise, but I can't stand for her to have an upset stomach and I take it that bad gas and throwing up is a bad stomach. Other than that, she is happy.
Best way to combat this is to pick it right up. Those pills (in my personal experience) don't really work. I have heard anecdotes about pineapple working or fig newton cookies - both of which I did not try as my (former) poop eater is diabetic.
They do usually grow out of this.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Sharon - Thanks for the reply and thoughts. It seems my dog has "grown into" this nasty habit at 5 years old. Any idea if that is common?
I've never heard of any 5 year old ever outgrowing this habit. I've never heard of any cure for this actually, truly working. I have a poop eater and I've tried everything to no avail.
♣ Laura ♣
Murphy will eat poop! He likes his own, but isn't partial. Rabbit, other dogs, etc. It's all fair game. We have tried lots of stuff. The only thing that seems to do the trick is to immediately pick it up. Helps keep the yard picked up and helps his breath. Good luck. =) =)
Sharon I think we are wearing the same cheap glasses. I read 5 months too.
It seems common.
As everyone has said. Picking it up is the only way to go. I have feed all sorts and as Laura once said wave a sick over the poop yelling bad poop so they think the poop is bad and leave it. Didn't stop him and neighbours look at me sideways now.
Have you changed the food. I have read theories it is food, but doubt it for most dogs. Erns was a late starter too and I am sure some of it could be the food he is on isn't satisfying him, but as it is for his Crohns we can't change it. He will go months without touching it, then starts again. His seems worse when I increase his pred, so makes me wonder if it is hunger and habit.