If you look at the pet products marketplace, there are 11 major brands of commercial coprophagia products. I thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast the various brands by ingredient (see the matrix below). In doing so, I found some pretty interesting things:
- Several brands contain Chamomile, Yucca, Garlic or Parsley, all of which the ASPCA claims are poisonous to dogs.
- The most common ingredient in coprophagia remedies was Monosodium Glutamate / Gluatmic Acid. In fact, 7 out of the 11 brands use it. Some dogs (and many humans) have bad reactions to this chemical.
- Seven of the brands had Thiamin or other B Vitamins.
- Another five of the brands contain Yucca Schidigera, a flowering plant that grows in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. This plant is used as a deodorizer in many pet foods and preparations.
- Those same five brands also use parsley, which is another deodorizing agent used in pet foods (and not good for dogs, as I pointed out above).
- Excel Deter and Drs Foster & Smith Dis-Taste have very similar ingredients.
- 21st Century Coprophagia Deterrence, NaturVet Coprophagia Deterrent and Nasty Habit are also very similar to each other. Two of them have almost identical formulations.
- Interestingly, For-Bid only has two ingredients: MSG and Wheat Gluten.
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