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Old 11-23-2011, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my puppy (almost 7mths) has a super sensitive tummy. I found a food (acana lamb &apple) that she loves and is great for her (no more runny stools, and her coat is amazing) but she is having bowel movements about 5-6 times a day and has started eating them. ewwwww !!!!
Could it be as simple as I am over feeding? I am feeding a bit more then the recommened since she is still young.
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The Acana gets 5 stars here: Acana Dog Food | Review and Rating

That's a lot of pooping! LOL You could try adding a probiotic to her meals for a while and see if that helps. Your only other option is to pick up that poop the moment it hits the ground (beat her to it). I've never had a dog who ate his/her poop, and I'm not sure why they do it.

You might be over feeding. Maybe try cutting back to the recommended portion for her size/age and see if that helps.

Has she had a fecal check recently? If not, I'd take a sample to the vet just in case. I do remember reading somewhere that dogs will eat poop if they're lacking in some nutrient or not absorbing nutrients (worms).
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Thank you for the probiotic idea

Like I said I have been over feeding her a bit according to the "guide" since the food isn't for puppies.

She just had a fecal done a couple of months ago with her last set of shots. She hasn't shown anyother signs of worms though. Super energy, formed (though many lol ) stools and her coats is amazing.
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I agree with Rowan to get her checked for parasites. I've also heard that voluminous stool can be due to over feeding, and that eating stool can be due to the lack of some nutrient.

I also agree with adding a probiotic & maybe some digestive enzymes so your pup can get everything from the food.

I love the look of Acana and have thought of feeding it when I get my new girl.

Oh! And when it comes to how much to feed? I always take the recommendations on the food as a guide, but I usually start a bit lower & modify based on how my dog responds (stool volume, weight gain or loss, etc.) and adjust as needed.
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I'd cut back on the amount of food. The recommended amount on the food bags is usually too much for most dogs as it is. The company's trying to selll more food, of course! You also don't want your puppy to grow too fast - it can cause stress on the joints.

As for the poop eating, it's almost impossible to break this nasty habit! You'll need to pick up the poo as soon as it hits the ground. I once had a dog that would eat it as soon as she finished going - yuk!! I had to take her outside on a leash to prevent her from getting to it before I did...
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