I moved to Pa. 6 months ago. we have a nice fenced in yard for Sage ( 7 ), her sister Shylo (2), and their cousin Jackson (3). Everything has been normal except for the last 2 weeks. For some reason, Sage has started to taste her poop . I stop her before it gets out of hand. Why would she be doing this all of a sudden?? I have had her since she was a baby. I have not changed their diet, they eat dry Wellness chicken kibbles. The only change that did take place was in September, when Shylo was diagnosed with Coccidia. All 3 were put on antibiotics as a precaution. I assumed the coccidia was from nibbling on rabbit poop pellets in the yard & have since used a product that I spread around the outside perimiter of the yard to deter the rabbits. Can anyone help me out? I know there are powders out there to add to their food, but not sure if they are safe. Thanks!!
Try putting crushed pineapple in her food. If you can manage to pick up her poop of course, that would be ideal. Since you say she had a bout of Coccidia, it could be that she was also stressed by the move, and since the meds for Coccidia kill all good bacteria, maybe she thinks she's lacking in some nutritional dept. I would start feeding her probiotics, and perhaps paying her more attention than usual, (not saying you don't already) There are so many reasons for coprophagia, but one of them is attention seeking behaviour.I may also slowly switch up her food to a high protein food, like Innova Evo, and see if that makes a difference. Has she been checked over by the vet ie: blood tests? It might be a good idea. I hope she stops soon, and good luck with her.
Thanks. I pick up the poop, but at night I cannot see, so those wait until morning. Well, the vet gave her a bloodtest last month for heartworm and a follow up stool to confirm the coccidia was gone. As far as attention, I give her lots,and she is already settled by now with the move ( it's been 6 months)so I'm really not sure why she does it. Pineapple, hmmm thats a new one for me. I tried giving her the pineapple. She won't eat it. neither will my others, so that's not an option..As far as switching to high protein, I don't really want to go too high with her, because she is 7 now and although she's in great shape, she is technically now considered senior. I don't want her to have any kidney issues, or anything else with the uneccessary extra protein.
Sounds like she is trying to do her own fecal transplant. When antibiotics are introduced, they do kill good bateria. They way animals regulate adding it back into there system is by eating there own feces or those of other animals. And then there are those times it is for nothing more than a bad habit. Just try to supervise them when they are out so you can correct the behavior. And try adding some yogurt to there food.
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