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careyana
Mar 20, 2011 11:40 AM CST
Name: Carey
Austin, TX
Today I noticed a new issue never experienced with any of our dogs before. Our old lady (who came from a BYB home until she no longer produced) has been with us for a little over a year. I was outside with the three of them. Brooklyn (the old lady) and Gracie (the young spazz) are both mowers - when not running around the yard, they'll stop and graze. Same thing this morning; they chased each other around and tired after a few minutes. However, instead of grass, Brooklyn had a piece of poop hanging out of her mouth. I scolded her and she moved away. I'm pretty sure it was not accidental, as a few seconds later, she was at a different area that had no grass, and she was definitely chewing. I stepped over by her, and there was more (older) poop at her feet.

I looked up the reasons why a dog would do that, but none would seem to fit the profile. They've been eating California Natural Lamb and Rice (Brooklyn has chicken allergies so I'm very conscientious of label reading) and they all receive plenty of attention from DH and I. They are fed twice daily 9am and 7:30pm. I don't think the poop was her own, so I'm really not sure what may be the problem? The only variation was just yesterday. Cassia (our middle child) went to the farmer's market in the morning, and Gracie went to Lowe's and the pet food store in the afternoon. (Brooklyn normally goes to the pet store, but Gracie hadn't been on a car ride in months where she actually got to get out of the vehicle).
careyana
Mar 20, 2011 5:50 PM CST
Name: Carey
Austin, TX
Just a quick update - apparently there was something going on in her head at that point. She ate so much grass in the past ten minutes she emptied her stomach. I guess she didn't like it in her stomach any more than we did and got rid of it. She seems perfectly fine other than that out-of-character maneuver so we'll just see if anything else occurs.
ImageLance
Apr 12, 2011 12:41 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Somehow I seem to have missed this post! I have no idea how, but I do apologize for not responding sooner.
Coprophagy is not that uncommon in dogs, and often can mean something is missing from their diet. It can also mean they are bored, or there is something not fully digested that the dog is trying to eat again. Although disgusting to us, it does not always cause problems for the dogs. However, it can cause problems, so it should be stopped. There are food additives that you can get to make the stools less appetizing found in many pet stores and online. You may also want to try some supplements, such as kelp, to ensure their nutritive needs are being met. You can also make sure the poo is not available to the dogs by removing it from their area.
It sounds like this particular episode cured itself, but keep an eye out and let us know what happens.
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careyana
Apr 12, 2011 1:15 PM CST
Name: Carey
Austin, TX
Well Lance, I also read over the food review here and elsewhere. I had fed them Canidae just as a trial at that time as well after reading the labels (I always do because of allergies). That is gone and they are now back to Taste of the Wild. No sign of this happening again in the past few days so I'm guessing it was nutritional. Poor Brooklyn. They ALL seem much happier now.

ImageLance
Apr 12, 2011 1:22 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
That sounds good. You may want to consider varying the food they receive between brands, companies, and formulations. That way, if there is a deficiency in one type of food, it will hopefully be made up by another type. It also helps to prevent food allergies.
I am currently going between Solid Gold Wolf, Acana, and Infinia salmon. I also supplement with kelp and fresh eggs straight from our own chickens. I don't think any of these foods have chicken in them.
If you are looking for a source of these, check out Pet Flow. I have just started using it, and so far it is working out fine - much easier than going to a store, and very low shipping costs. I have link at the end of the food discussion.
I hope it works out well for you.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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careyana
Apr 12, 2011 11:19 PM CST
Name: Carey
Austin, TX
Lance, thankfully I already do that. Before the Canidae, they have eaten Solid Gold, California Natural, Wellness, Fromms, etc. I try to keep different proteins when I pick up their foods (ie, one bag of lamb, one of beef, one of pork, one of fish - we have excellent food stores very close by with very hard to beat pricing). DH gives them egg yolks almost every day from organic chicken eggs as well as supplementing with helpings of high quality canned food on occasion. They are also given glucosamine/chondroiton and fish oil tablets. We spend more on their health than our own. :)
ImageLance
Apr 13, 2011 7:39 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
That all sounds good, although I had a vet once that did not care for raw egg yolks as he thought it interfered with some sort of digestive process - I forget which. I have not had any other confirmation of this, though.

We spend more on their health than our own. :) Is there any other way to do it? Hilarious!
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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