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Why does my Cav eat her brother's poop if it is fresh ??

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Why does my King Charles Cav eat her brother's poop if it is fresh ??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

So sorry your Cavi is doing this! I understand how difficult it is to see them eat others stools!

Why Elsa prefers the fresh stool unfortunately is a matter of taste (I know, that is really unbearable to think about) as my little dogs prefer the older stool to fresh ones if given the opportunity

Over the counter solutions don't always work but include:

- Meat tenderizer mixed in each meal
- Ground pineapple has been used effectively in some pets
- Deter is a product available at your local petstore, also mixed in food to make the stool unsavory
- Lastly a product through your veterinarian called forbid that is mixed in with the food daily for one week then intermittently thereafter

Please make sure she is being fed a high quality diet with no by products listed on the bag. This makes the food less digestible and often dogs will seek out nutrition from other sources.

Unfortunately sometimes this behavior called PICA is not solved by the solutions above and medication is necessary to treat this condition but most cases of dogs that eat their own stool are resolved by the above options. See more information below:

http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/stomach-intestine-liver-or-pancreas/pica-in-dogs

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.
Hi Bee,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Elsa. How is everything going?
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