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.