By March 22, 2010 5 Comments

Adolph’s Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer: Does It Keep Dogs From Eating Poop?

Almost a year later, my dogs are still eating poop. Some times it’s been better than others — but it got to the point that I was ready to try another topical treatment.

Adolph’s Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer has popular reputation for cutting down on dogs eating feces. The usage is similar to the Alpar Lab’s For-Bid powder: sprinkle some on your dog’s food and it is supposed to make their droppings taste awful. Yes, I realize this is an odd concept; shouldn’t it already taste bad?

At $20 shipped via Amazon Prime, Adolph’s meat tenderizer was at least half as expensive as an equivalent amount of For-Bid. But would it work?

We tried about a quarter tablespoon of Adolph’s meat tenderizer per dog per feeding, for a half tablespoon per dog per day. We continued this for over a month.

At first I thought it was working, but it was more about Sedagive? policing the yard with our over-engineered scooper claw. We gradually increased the dosage to about three-quarters of a tablespoon per dog per day. It got to the point that Rosie would pick around her food, leaving a white dust of Adolph’s seasoning in the bottom of her dish. Porter was eager to lap it up, but the net effect was the same: still turd chomping.

I decided to stop dusting the dog’s food with Adolph’s. It had absolutely no effect, and once Rosie started turning her nose up at the food I knew it was time to give up.

Having tried two of these “dusting” remedies, I am ready to call b.s. on all of them. I am not sure under which circumstances any of these would keep a dog from eating feces.

Not recommended.

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5 Comments on "Adolph’s Unseasoned Meat Tenderizer: Does It Keep Dogs From Eating Poop?"

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  1. Andrew says:

    Probably just as well – all that salt can’t be too good for them.

    Have you tried changing their food? Eric Barchas (vet who blogs at dogster.com) has offered a few suggestions over the years, but has also basically admitted that they don’t know why dogs do this. However, one of the theories is that it’s a response to a protein deficiency. You could try feeding a grain free food – they’re more expensive, but you don’t feed as much. We have two 60-65 lb dogs. One eats 2-1/4 cups of a traditional meat/grain kibble per day. The other eats 1 cup of grain free kibble per day.

    Another suggestion he’s offered is adding probiotics to their food. There are probiotics made for humans that you can buy over the counter at any drugstore, and there are also some made specially for animal consumption.

    I’m hesitant to throw out names and links because I don’t want you to think I’m spamming the blog, but if you want named recommendations, just ask.

  2. drfaulken says:

    Hey Andrew, thank you for your post. Your sentiment echoes some other things I’ve read online and heard from friends.

    One of the problems is that my oldest dog, Porter, gets really heavy when eating a more protein-rich diet.

    I am going to do some more research, but I may email you for some additional reading :)

  3. the Accountant (tm) says:

    And this is one of the reasons I don’t have dogs. Of course, I have a litter box in my house, so what do I know…

  4. Mason says:

    I adopted a 6 year old rescued puppy mill mother dog who also eats the other dogs feces. I had heard about the tenderizer method but didn’t want to put the other dogs on that type of diet. I am having success with behavior modification techniques. I go out with the dogs (4 bichons) and supervise them. When one does the deed and the little one goes for the snack I tell her NO! she stops and then I call her tell her she is a good girl and give her a treat. She certainly is eating a lot less feces.

  5. DrFaulken says:

    Hi Mason, sorry to hear that you’ve got a “harvester” in your pack.

    Oddly enough, the adopted dog that taught the other dogs to eat feces has reduced or stopped eating it altogether. Meanwhile Porter continues to hoover up everything he can find.

    We gave up on additives and became more militant about scooping up the yard as quickly and frequently as possible. This became more difficult when we moved to snowy Minnesota, but you get the idea.

    We also do some behavior modification, but we find that the dogs just become quicker at “snatching and grabbing” before we yell at them. I am glad it is working out for you, perhaps we will put forth a more concerted effort now that the weather is nicer and we can stay outside with the dogs longer.

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