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Old 08-17-2018, 09:06 AM
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Sudden coprophagia?


My Pomeranian is incredibly sensitive and apparently peanut butter wrecks her world so for the past week she has been experiencing very loose stools with blood and the vet sent me home with some flagell that has gotten rid of the blood but she's still getting the runs. I expected that as she still has roughly 4 days of doses left so it's a given that she's not 100% yet.

However, I feel like she may be hindering herself, in a way. For whatever reason she has suddenly developed coprophagia and has NEVER wanted to eat her own poop before. She does it in her crate or in the yard. I can't help but feel like her doing this while she's sick is going to slow down her recovery because she's just recycling the bacteria?

I'm honestly not sure why she's doing this; I'm doing my best to prevent it but the past work week has been absolutely awful (We're talkin' 12 hour shifts because of training and I can only come by 1x during work shift to check on her) and I've resorted to putting diapers on her - it helps a little, if any runs out she eats it but it keeps most of it contained. I'm just clueless and I don't know what to do. I am putting pumpkin in her food to firm things up and I know it's supposed to make her poop unappealing to her but she does it anyways.

Anyone ever experienced this? At first I thought it was crate-cleaning behavior but now I'm less convinced that's the case since she tries to do it outside also. Like as soon as she poops she'll whip around and try to eat some and I have to forcibly pull her away.

For reference, I had to fast her 2x during this period, once for 24hr and once for 36hr (No food while blood was present to let gut recover and again to let the flagell get settled). She's now getting 2 meals a day with chicken and rice with pumpkin puree. Is it possible that she's doing this for a nutrient-related reason like she feels like she HAS to eat it for food? Because she has eaten very little this week (Prior to yesterday) due to how sick she has been. She's more or less fine now except for the runs, appetite and water consumption are great and poop is gettin' back to normal.

Basically I'm just confused! I've never dealt with this before and any insight would be so appreciated! I'm really worried she's going to keep herself sick if she keeps eating it.
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Old 08-17-2018, 08:04 PM
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maybe dont put pumkin in, keep her food consistent, type & times. Changing food too much can cause runny poop. Also dry food-dry poo. Wet food & lots of water- wet poo. Have you tried a probiotic mineral powder? I was given it in a free puppy pack & my pups tums always been good. I read that dogs can see poo as food, this is to prevent starvation in the wild. A survival strategy. Your dog might want to eat more to make up for the days of fasting. is offline   Reply With Quote
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My dog is allergic to chicken so chicken gives him diarrhea. Hamburger or any beef or salmon or limited protein diets work better for him, if he'll eat them. He loves red meat and salmon. Chicken is a messy disaster for him.
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It's not pumpkin that's supposed to make poo unappealing, it's pineapple that does. Whether the pineapple will work is hit or miss and I'm not sure if you want to try it while her tummy is still slightly upset.

I'm guessing that something that you're feeding her is making her poo more appealing then normal but what that could be I'm not sure. By now the peanut butter should be out of her system, and if that is what caused the diarrhea in the first place then eating her poo should not cause any real problems except to disgust you. No one wants to be licked by a dog who's been snacking on poo.

Have you taught her the Leave It cue? If you have what I'd do is tell her Leave It as soon as she whips her head around to get to the poo, give her a very high value treat for obeying, lead her away, and then clean it up. If she doesn't know the cue then it might be time to start treating her like you were housetraining her. Right when she finishes pooing start feeding her tiny pieces of really high value treats and lead her away. Hopefully after a day or two of that she'll start going to you for a treat rather then trying to snack on the poo, and you'll have time to clean up.

The reason for the high value treats is that what you give her needs to be of greater value to her then the poo, if it isn't you run the risk of her deciding that she'd rather eat the poo rather then choose the lower (to her) value treats and loose the terrific tasting poo.
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