Excel Deter is made by 8 in 1 Products of Long Island, New York. Believe it or not, 8 in 1 was founded 116 years ago as a manufacturer of birdseed formulated especially for canaries! Now it’s a division of a large conglomerate called Spectrum Brands, and 8 in 1 makes more than 1200 products.
A quick review of the ingredients in 8 in 1: and the two active ingredients listed:
To see how this ingredient list compares with the 10 other commercial products, please see my coprophagia product comparison matrix.
There are many commercial coprophagia products that use MSG, but the ingredient I found interesting was the oleoresin capsicum, which is the base ingredient of pepper spray, and is sometimes used as a food additive to turn up the spice a few notches. The glycerin, magnesium stearate and stearic acid are all pretty much standard binder / filler type additives. The brewer’s yeast is a good call– it can actually be very effective for coprophagia, but it’s hard to determine how much they actually include in the tablets since it’s not listed as an active ingredient. Garlic is commonly advised, but rarely seems to work for most dogs.
Deter’s marketing blurb states:
Deter™ Coprophagia Treatment is a safe and effective chewable tablet used to stop dogs from consuming their own feces. Consumption of feces (coprophagia) is a common, but disturbing, habit that can be treated. The cause of this behavior is unknown, but Deter™ Coprophagia Treatment is formulated to put an end to it.
I love that last sentence! I’ve seen this product work. I’ve also seen it fail. I’m not a fan of commercial additives in general (I think that you get much better results with simple, natural ingredients), but it might be worth reading the reviews on 1800PetMeds or Amazon if you’re interested.
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