My puppies (9 and 10 months old) are mostly trained to go on pee pads. They occasionally have accidents. Specifically the little Maltese who has fecal urgency-likely due to colitis.
Problem is, the little boy Chihuahua has been eating the girl's poop. If he doesn't eat it, he moves it off the pad to their bed. He has been doing it for a few months now, and although it upset me, I felt I couldn't do anything about it, since I never caught him in the act. Plus, I felt I preferred he left it on his bed, then ate it ;)
NOW, the boy started a new thing by bringing the poop up the ramp on to MY bed *eek*
Is there a way to stop this without removing the ramp, so they can't access my bed when I'm at work?? they like hanging out there during the day.
Also, since the girl has such irregular bowel movements, it's impossible to clean up after her before I go to work. She might go 3-4 hours after she eats, and sometimes doesn't go at all.
This is called coprophagia, and the fact that your little maltese has colitis, means she is probably pooping out half digested food. The other thing is, your little Chi, may have worms, or a mineral or protein deficiency, making him all the more likely to eat poo. I would get them both checked out for worms, and then seperate them with a baby gate during the day. I certainly would'nt let them anywhere near my bed! The other question I have is what brand of dog food are you feeding?
The colitis-or whatever it is (never officially diagnosed) has been completely under control since being very strict with her diet.
She only eats ultra allergen free z/d hill's prescription-mixed with low fat plain yogurt. Plus I give her pepcid AC for acid reflux/spitting up. That combo has cleared things up- except she still poops in little pieces, and if she runs a lot after eating, will poop while running. otherwise, no mucus or blood.
They have both been checked many times for worms, especially when we were working up the bloody mucus bowel movements of the Maltese, so I don't think they have worms.
The Chihuahua eats a mix of Caesar puppy wet food/and hills science puppy small bites plus ANYTHING he manages to get in his mouth ie. wood from my chair he stripped, lint...
I have been giving him a little more food, just in case he is hungry- but he is a good weight- so it's not like he's deprived (unless it's some vitamin deficiency/malabsorbtion problem)
I can't separate them during the day-since their whole life is about playing with each other. They are now used to their freedom of moving around my studio apartment when I'm not home. The go in their playpen to sleep, us the pee pads, and drink water. or then run up to my bed to sleep/play.
They are used to this, and would be traumatized if I separated them. They are a little duo-lol.
If there is noise in the hall, they run together to the door to investigate. little buddies. *squeezes my babies*
I'm sorry, but the food you're feeding, is not a good one, in my opinion. Yes your Chi could be having malabsorption problems. The only way to stop it, is by being there, or sprinkling a product on the food to make the feces unpalatable, the name of which escapes me, at the moment. Perhaps someone else on the site will remember it.
If youre not willing to separate them, then there's not really anything anyone here is going to be able to tell you to do to improve matters. Separating them for a few hours a day isn't going to traumatize them, especially not if they are within sight/hearing/touching distance through the gate. Certainly unless you like finding dog poop in your bed, take down the ramp. There's just not a way to fix it without separating the dogs and/or taking down the ramp, your dogs will adjust.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/9/2008 9:33:24 PM*** Reason: add
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My question is the ZD working otherwise for the dog? Maybe this is a case of irritable bowel case? And did the Veterinarian recommend the yogurt? The forbid powder should be given to the one that is pooping alot, the powder will make the the poop less then desirable. Stick with the ZD if its working(Ultra) Maybe you should start feeding the other dog the same food?? Most dogs really love the ZD, and it looks and smells good. Get rid of the ceasars, and stick with the Hills and prescription diets. What is your feeding schedule like, do they have access to food all day long?
When I look up into the sky, I think to myself, Wheres the ceiling?
the z/d diet worked like a miracle on her *keeps fingers crossed*
She had bloody/mucus episodes through all other diet attempts. Even when she was eating only a few pieces of dry food not from the z/d diet, she had episodes.
Now I don't know if she is better since it is low allergen and helping prevent irritating the intestine, or if she is allergic to something, and we just never pinpointed what it was exactly.
I added the yogurt on my own. I was trying to find something she could eat as a snack that was quick and easy for me. The cottage cheese and yogurt worked. peanut butter gave her an episode. So now i just stick to the yogurt, I mix it in with the z/d so it's not so "pasty"
The pups only eat twice a day now. I cut out lunch. So they eat every 12 hours, about. they have water available to them during the day.
I don't like feeding the boy the z/d diet since it's so EXPENSIVE. Unfortunately I have cases of his food, since I bought it in bulk when I first got the pups.
I'll probably change his food to something else once I finish the last 2 cases.
My concern about adding powder to the girl's food, is I don't know what will cause her to have a bloody/mucusy episode.
I bought toothpaste for them, but even that I'm afraid to use on her.
It's just a constant fear, not to cause her to get sick, since she was SO sick before the z/d- and no vet was able to help her.