Coprophagia Product Comparison – What’s In Those Pills and Powders?

Coprophagia Tablets

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.

To go directly to “How To Stop Poop Eating” click here ->

Anyway, take a look for yourself, the ingredient matrix I put together is here:
Coprophagia Product Chart

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda Young December 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

@ Becky Jo- I know what you mean about ‘spoiling’ your dogs like kids…lol. We have 3 dogs @ the moment. We have a GSD, a Malinois, & a recently adopted puppy that is a GSD/lab X. My Mal has always been a poop eater -of his OWN poo- the GSD is NOT a poo-eater, but I noticed the puppy poo-sampling. Most of the time, pineapple has worked on my Mal in the past (makes re-eating their food taste bad…) but now since the puppy is so interested in re-eating her food, it has given my Malinois ideas…-also the puppy is indiscriminate about WHOSE poop she eats. Generally, we keep the yard free of waste, but it can be hard to do if we ‘miss a spot’ & the dogs are very fast to get it. I also had the idea that Tabasco may be good to keep the dogs away, but it had the OPPOSITE effect & all 3 dogs came a-runnin to snack on poo. Anyway, we’ll keep trying more solutions, but so far, after spending lots of $$ on Forbid, Deter, etc, pineapple has been a fairly good all-natural poop-eating deterrent.

Linna McIntyre January 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

After reading your “Dog Poop Diet” I calmed down when I saw my puppy eating her own poop before I could stop her. I did not have a clicker, so I started shaking the treat bag as soon as she finished pooping which distracted her enough that she came running for the treat. That gave me time to pick up the poop before she could. I always have a roll of paper towel within my reach for this. Thank you so much for your good advice. I got a small zucchini and a bottle of organic cider vinegar to try.

Becky Jo September 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm

The one thing I must disagree with is that people say a dog who eats poop is untrained and/or bored. We have 2 GSD’s. They are brother and sister. She does and he doesn’t eat poop. We have spent well over $1,000 on professional training as well as additional service dog training. Being we have no children, they are our children and get a TON of attention. My goodness, they have a 42″ TV in their own room (with the dog door) when we do have to go out so they can watch dog TV. They eat Orijen food with Instinct Raw daily boost. So they get the best food, plenty of exercise, a ton of attention and they are never lonely because they always have each other. So what other thoughts are there because none of the normal ones fit our situation!!

Denny March 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

Our puppy eats his own poop so quickly after going I doubt any deterrent would even work – he is gobbling it down without even chewing so he doesn’t even taste it!

Nancy East March 10, 2013 at 6:26 am

I just submitted a comment but it was Forbid and not Distaste that I bought. Sorry for the confusion. It is the one with wheat gluten.

Nancy East March 10, 2013 at 6:24 am

I just bought the distaste powder and it has wheat gluten. Now, I am concerned this could be harmful to my dog. Is it? Should I continue to use?

Lou February 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

My vet told me to go to the grocery and buy Adolph s meat tenderizer as opposed to paying big money for the for-bid product. So far not helping. Sneaking out when I can to sprinkle Tabasco on it is helping along with recall with a “leave it”, clicker and treat in my hand. Since she was clicker trained as a puppy she knows what it is and responds. If no Tabasco she thinks its a game.

Pepper smith April 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

The dogs are bored and it is just something to do. an active dog with owner attention has less problems.

Folly Darling February 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

I read your list and it confirms the frightening labels I have been reading for a couple of hours. There chemicals banned for what they do t a body had people have died. Yeast? Bad especially if you have dogs prone to feet or ear infections….MSG and more that could cause damage to mitochondria in dog or human. I have just ordered your information so am not sure what it has. But your chart is heart breaking if you really love and care for your animals.

Cathy February 22, 2012 at 10:22 am

Since the main ingredient in most all of these is MSG, wouldn’t it be more cost effective to purchase some at the grocery store, and sprinkle it on their food? Would that deter them from eating their food? If not, why would it deter them from eating their poop? I’m confused.

Kristin January 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I buy some well known (and supposedly very healthy) dog treats that contain chamomile and parsley. Why would so many dog products (especially ones who’s makers have studied and purposely added these ingredients for supposed health benefits) contain these if they are really bad/toxic to dogs?

Beth January 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I just caught one of my dogs eating poop straight from my other dog as she was pooping ! It’s probably not the first time she’s eaten poop but it’s certainly the first time I’ve caught her doing that ! Any idea of the most likely reason for that behaviour ? Thanks.

KiaH June 5, 2011 at 8:03 am

I used the naturvet coprophagia deterrent on my beagle boy and my jackabee girl and they had bad reactions to it. They both had frequent urination problems and dihreah, and my boy also had nausea. I suggest just training and enforcing instead I will not try any more of these products.

vern February 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

@ ColleenS: Good point. Both garlic and onions contain sodium n-propylthiosulphate which can cause haemolytic anaemia in dogs. This is often fatal. Onions are MUCH more dangerous than garlic to dogs. Garlic is said to be tolerable in small doses, but I really don’t think feeding a dog something that’s even mildly poisonous is a good idea.

ColleenS February 6, 2010 at 7:44 am

I think the ASPCA also considers garlic (in 3 preparations above) a poison to cats and dogs but I’ve also found it in cat and dog foods. Some holistic foods contain it??? Amebic Disentery in humans has been treated with arsenic.

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