Dog eating own feces

9 1/2 yr old Lab (service dog) is eating his own pooh.was told 1/2 t. Adolph’s meat tenderizer on kibble with bit of water would make his pooh smell repugnant to him and he would stop. Worked for a couple days -now he’s back at it. Don’t want to use it long term because it’s so salty. I am confined to wheelchair;husband had serious eye surgery ;must lie down on belly at least 2 more weeks. He used to clean it up immediately. Have to depend on kind neighbors to do it, so it accumulates a day or so.What can I do to help him, why is he doing it, could it be emotional or dietary?

 

Answer from Dr. Gaylord Brown:
This is a common problem! There is no research to indicate there is any nutritional problem with dogs that do this. There are some commercial products that help. Forbid is available over the counter in major pet stores and in some veterinary offices. It is sprinkled on the food. It is designed to be used for a week then stop. Some dogs will require occasional reinforcement to prevent the behavior. Of course, the best remedy is immediately picking up the stool. Good luck with your husband’s recovery!

 

 

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