By: Resa Jade Calo

I am Jade, a bow & wow Pet Care Advisor and I am glad to be sharing my story on how I made Rocky, my mixed Aspin dog, stop eating his poop, just in case you have the same problem that I had.

Coprophagia ( cop·ro·pha·gi·a [kop-r uh- fey -jee- uh, -juh] ) the scientific term used for dogs eating their feces.

There are physical, medical and behavioral reasons why dogs eat their poop:

  1. Internal parasites - they feed on the dog’s nutrients, leaving it undernourished
  2. Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) - a disorder wherein the pancreas is not producing enough digestive enzymes, causing the ingested food to not be broken down properly, and may hinder the absorption of nutrients
  3. Underfeeding, malnutrition and starvation
  4. Abused dogs have the tendency to eat their poop since they are not well fed
  5. In puppy mills, puppies that were neglected and overcrowded may develop anxiety issues than can also lead to this problem
  6. Seeking owner’s attention and boredom

If your dog is eating feces, it is a good idea to have him checked by your veterinarian. The veterinarian will help determine if there are any medical conditions causing the dog to be excessively hungry. The vet may want to discuss what your dog’s current diet is and how often is he fed. He may also want to know the dog’s daily activities and his regular schedule, including playtime, walks, and whether he is caged or socialized.

In my case, I figured it was caused by the nutritional inadequacy of the commercial pet food I gave him before. No matter how much pet food I gave, he seemed to still be unsatisfied and would always direct his attention to eating his poop, which I found quite disgusting.

Upon further research, product discussions with fellow Pet Care Advisors and customer feedback, I decided to try one of our products, and it solved my problem in an instant.

 

Have you heard of the miracle of what tripe can do for your dog? Here are the facts.

The digestive enzymes in green tripe are known to help dogs that eat feces. Green tripe can also rid your dog of the habit of eating grass.

 

What is Tripe?

Tripe refers to a type of edible offal from the stomach of various farm animals, most commonly from cattle, pigs, sheep, lamb and goats.

 

Types of tripe:

Supermarket Tripe; Tripe that has been treated for human consumption is bleached and boiled offering little nutritional benefit to your pet.

Green Tripe; the untreated contents of a grazing animal’s stomach or intestines. It may sound and really smells disgusting, but this food is highly nutritious, containing plenty of enzymes, good bacteria and nutrients that are excellent for your pet’s health. Green tripe is called green not because of its color, but because it is untouched, unbleached and untreated, though it is usually lightly rinsed. While green tripe can be tinted green due to grass or hay eaten by the host animal, it’s predominantly brown.

The one we have available in bow&wow is the Barkworthies Green Tripe. I encountered several customers who had the same problem as I had and I mostly got feedback of the effectivity of this product, which made me decide to try it as well.

                                                                                                     

Barkworthies Green Tripe Sticks are made from all-natural lamb; Grain and gluten free; No artificial flavor, preservatives and color. At first, Rocky seemed to dislike it but after a while, he can be seen munching on the treats especially when no one’s watching him. There are thick, chewy parts and thin, dried crunchy parts, both of which are totally fine with him.

 

Green Tripe Nutritional Information:

Protein; green tripe is high in protein. 70% of this protein has 7 amino acids, which perform essential functions in your pet’s body, including building muscle and enhancing overall system functions from immune response to tissue repair to urinary tract health.

Probiotics; raw green tripe contains high amounts of Lactobacillus acidophilus, a health probiotic. The beneficial bacteria in your pet’s body, probiotics compete with harmful bacteria- like E. coli and Salmonella sp.- for same resources. Probiotics keep bad bacteria from overtaking your pet’s digestive system and making your pet sick. Acidophilus is naturally found in animal intestines, including you own and your dog or cat’s. By including acidophilus in your pet’s diet, you increase the number of good bacteria that live within your pet’s digestive system. Promoting healthy digestion and optimal nutrient absorption.

Enzymes; raw green tripe contains digestive enzymes that aid the digestive process by facilitating the breakdown of food into nutrients. The more digestive enzymes are available, the more vitamins, minerals and usable energy your pet will be able to receive from food.

Natural Vitamins and Minerals; green tripe also contains partially-digested greens, which unlock nutrients that may have been unavailable if your dog or cat simply ate the grass that the cow or other grazing animal did. Herbivores such as cows and sheep have different digestive enzymes in their bodies for digesting the things that they normally eat- grass for instance. Your pet, primarily a carnivore, has a different digestive enzyme for digesting raw meat, such as they would in the wild. By including partially digested roughage in your pet’s diet, you give them more usable nutrients for their system. These vitamins and minerals would be hard for them to get in any other way.

Calcium and Phosphorus; green tripe has a nearly perfect calcium and phosphorus ratio, as well as an optimal ratio of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, making it nutritionally balanced. Green tripe is also acidic in pH, making it easier for your pet to digest- perfect for sensitive stomachs.

Healthy fats; green tripe is high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Nearly 50% of the total fat in tripe is unsaturated. These fats provide quality, long-term energy and increase health HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

After one week of giving Barkworthies Green Tripe, Rocky’s interest in eating his poop was gone. Aside from this, I always see to it that I give him good quality all-natural pet food from bow & wow to supply his daily nutritional requirement. After all, pets are family and we want them to be healthy and happy the best way we could.

Jade is a bow & wow Pet Care Advisor, and is a pet parent to mixed breeds Rocky and Dark, and to domestic shorthairs Panther and Calyx. She worked in a wildlife conservation center in Cebu, Philippines before she joined bow & wow as a Pet Care Advisor. During her free time, she's also loves designing and lay out making. 

Sources:

https://wagwalking.com

https://blog.homesalive.ca