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post #1 of 12 Old 07-25-2018, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Poop eating Dog

HI everyone! I have 3 dogs and 1 loves to eat my horses' poop. She eats a good meal up at the house, then she goes down to the stables and eats any she can find until she is too full, which then makes her go out to the pasture and eat grass and then comes home and vomits it all up on the carpet.


All the dogs have free rein throughout the property and obviously I cannot watch her 24/7. None of the other dogs do this. I am thinking about mixing papaya in her food to see if it an enzyme deficiency problem.


Anyone else have the same problem and any suggested remedies?


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post #2 of 12 Old 07-25-2018, 01:53 PM
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The only problem is the puking in the house part, as I see it. At least, the rest is her problem not yours. There's nothing bad in horse poop unless they've just been dewormed with ivermectin and your poop eater is one of the collie breeds that can carry the MDR-1 recessive gene that makes ivermectin poisonous to them.

There is an obvious solution, which is to keep her out of the stables area, or, conversely, keep her out of the house.

My dogs used to run everywhere too -- and I would be running behind them cleaning up all the problems that caused. I did that for, um, close to 40 years. Now they are in more controlled spaces. They don't seem to mind.

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post #3 of 12 Old 07-25-2018, 02:09 PM
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It kinda comes with the territory. My dog eats horse poop, cat poop, dead things, bugs. I'm just glad she doesn't roll in it too.
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post #4 of 12 Old 07-25-2018, 02:15 PM
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Yah, my dogs love eating the horse & cow poop. It's gross and gives them the raunchiest breath, but it hasn't harmed them and I can't lock them up all the time.
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-16-2019, 01:57 AM
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I at first thought this was going to be a post about some mutant horse poop that consumed a dog. 😄
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-16-2019, 04:25 AM
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Coprophagy is a normal thing in the animal world - even human toddlers are prone to it! For all young animals, it is about picking up a gut microflora that will aid them with digestion, synthesis of various vitamins, control of pathogens, etc. It also acts as a sort of "gut self-medication" anytime in an animal's life span. Many carnivores depend on herbivore manure for some "vegies" - already part-digested. Carnivores will also eat stomach contents at a kill. It's completely natural and generally does way more good for the thusly dining animals than harm. Chances of carnivores picking up parasites from herbivore manure are remote - there aren't many internal parasites in common between those animal groups, so they'll just function as extra protein for the diner.

In human medicine, faecal transplants are now a thing to help people with chronic gastrointestinal problems. The main enemies of having a decent protective gut microflora are antibiotics, excessive cleanliness (go on, eat some dirt ), and modern overly refined foods. Drastic measures like faecal transplants from people with healthy guts are therefore becoming necessary for some ailing people. Coprophagy is a sort of DIY faecal transplant that's been going on for millions of years.

Rabbits are interesting animals from that point of view. They actually depend on eating their own manure so everything goes through their gut twice, to extract maximum nutrition. They produce green pellets for re-eating, and brown pellets that have been through twice and are discarded. Ruminants like cattle don't need to do this because of highly effective foregut fermentation, completely dependent on their symbiotic gut microbiome. In fact, you can kill goats by feeding them citrus fruits, because if they eat enough of those, it drops their rumen pH so much that it kills off their internal microflora. Horses are hindgut fermenters - that's a bit less effective than foregut fermentation, so horses need higher-quality forage than cattle. Foals all eat their mothers' manure to pick up the necessary symbiotic microflora for effective digestion of forage.

Just keep Fido off your carpet if he overindulges on the horse manure. And maybe he's overindulging because he's trying to correct a gut problem. Perhaps look at his feed - commercial dog food isn't that great for promoting a healthy gut flora.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-16-2019, 05:39 AM
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My dog is trained not to eat horse poop....if I am around to tell him no. If I turn my back, he's chowing down on it! If there is a way to stop them permanently when I am not monitoring, I haven't heard of it. I have a new puppy, same thing, horse poop=good eats. Nasty!
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-16-2019, 07:42 AM
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No way to stop it, doesn't matter what you add to their food, most will continue to eat feces. It's not harmful, but yeah, having it clean it up on your carpet would be pretty unpleasant. I have a dog that eats his own poop all the time, and we tried everything.

I'd suggest to either keep the dog out of the stables, or keep it out of your house or in a confined area that makes cleanup easier. We use an ecollar on our rescue because she'll be gone in the woods before you know it, or on the road. She never learned to stay on property despite our best efforts (our other dog which we've had since he was a puppy doesn't need an ecollar because he understands this). We use a device that plugs into the wall which emits radio waves (no need to bury wires), and when the dog gets to the end of the waves, a beeping sound activates, then a vibration, then a mild shock. She never goes that far. I'm just not a fan of dogs in the stables when I'm not there to supervise, but that's just me. Sometimes we bring them with us, but keep a close eye on them. They'll eat manure, but as long as it's not huge quantities, I don't worry too much.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-16-2019, 09:05 AM
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I should start bagging up horse poop and sell it at the grocery store. City dogs would LOVE it.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-16-2019, 09:29 AM
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I wish there was a magic cure to get them to not do this, but in all reality, I have not found anything that works to get them to not eat things that we think is gross. Our dogs have free roam of most of our property and they eat the horse poo, bugs, they kill mice and eat them one of our dogs even finds the others Poo to be a delicacy. and I think they would eat the cats poo as well if I had not figured out a way to keep them from the litter box.

It's not pleasant to have them eating these things but they are just dogs after all. My dogs will do this to the point of coming in and getting sick all over the floors sometimes but they have never gotten so sick that it has been a health issue. All I can recommend is if you don't want them eating the poo Limit where they roam so that they can not get to the horse poo to eat it thus preventing the grass eating and the getting sick all over your rugs. I wish I had better advice for you but I've tried the meds that you mix with food to make the poo unappealing for eating and they don't work.
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