“For-Bid”™ is made by Alpar Laboratories which is based outside of Chicago. According to their website, the product was developed in the 1960’s by a drug research scientist named Charles Damaskus in an attempt to help his veterinarian friend. The product has been on the market since 1972, and claims to be the top anticoprophagiac on the market.
According to marketing materials, here’s how it works:
FOR-BID is a highly purified crystalline edible protein fraction which when mixed with food and fed to dogs curbs coprophagy (consumption of feces). [After sprinkling on food it] goes through the gastrointestinal tract, and the breakdown product of “For-Bid”™ ends up in the feces. The animal is then sensitized to their feces. When the animal next attempts to eat this feces, the villa of the tongue react, and the animal discards it.
The package states that the product contains wheat gluten and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Curiously, the package also has the statement “SOLD ONLY TO VETERINARIANS” although it appears to be widely available. To see how For-Bid compares to the other 10 products on the market, check out my coprophagia product comparison matrix.
MSG is commonly suggested as an anti-coprophagia agent. My experience with MSG has generally not been successful, but it must work for some people since this product has been around for nearly 40 years! I was curious what other people have experienced so I checked product reviews on 1800PetMeds and saw quite a mixed bag. It may be worth a try, I suggest you read the reviews and decide for yourself. In any event, it seems unnecessary to use chemicals when natural coprophagia deterrents are so effective and cheap!
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