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Any medical problem that leads to a decrease in absorption of nutrients, causes gastrointestinal upset or causes an increase in the appeal of the dog’s stool, could lead to coprophagia. When adult dogs begin to eat stools, it may also be due to mal-absorption of nutrients or nutritional deficiencies. If a pet owner uses the incorrect training technique of “sticking the dog’s nose” in their stool when they have soiled the home, may be further encouraging coprophagia. In adult dogs the innate behaviour of grooming and cleaning newborn puppies and eating their excrement, along with the well documented fact that dogs tend to be attracted to sniff and lick infection or discharge of their pack-mates, may explain some of the motivation for coprophagia.
Coprophagia can best be corrected by preventing access to stools, by thorough cleaning of the pet’s property, and by constant supervision when the pet is outdoors.
Missy & Buzz both devoured their summer pineapple treats within seconds, and they continue to get a little pineapple several times throughout the week to this day.
A great side effect of the tasty pineapple is that it contains bromelain, which is a sulfur-rich proteolytic enzyme helping with digestion, as it breaks down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory qualities and therefore works great in dogs suffering from the degenerative disease osteoarthritis. The medical term for dogs eating their own or other animals’ feces is coprophagia and can have various causes. With 16 grams of sugar per cup, pineapple ranks extremely high in fruits naturally high in sugar.
The following video shows Missy & Buzz getting a little pineapple-reward for keeping their stay!


Pineapples, however, are actually not citrus fruits ~ they belong to the Bromeliacea family, whereas citrus fruits belong to the family of Rutaceae. Great post – someone had JUST told me about pineapple and its benefits in stopping coprophagia!! Coprophagia is the medical term for when a dog eats either its own faeces or that of another animal.
Sometimes the richer the food that has been eaten the more chance that the dog may find those faeces palatable. I have found that dogs on Burns dog food, rather than other brands appear to eat their own or other dogs faeces more than other dog foods. Medical issues especially in older dogs such as pancreatic or intestinal problems could stimulate Coprophagia. Even overfeeding especially food with a high fat content can sometimes spark this behaviour.
NaturVet Coprophagia Deterrent Time Release Tablets These are slow release tablets given to a dog with its food. This can work with some dogs will depend on how obsessive the dogs need is to eat the faeces. Though I have had to treat a number of dogs that are severely Intraspecific Coprophagic. These dogs eat very old faeces or faeces from dogs that are ill from intestinal problems or with very loose stools.
Since coprophagia may attract a great deal of owner attention, the behaviour may be further reinforced.
It is not unusual for dogs to steal food items, raid garbage cans, and chew on, or eat non-food items that most humans would consider unusual or even disgusting. At the first indication of stool sniffing or investigation the dog should be interrupted with a command, or a quick pull on the leash (this is particularly effective for dogs wearing head halters).


I had read somewhere that pineapple could be given as a refreshing treat in the summertime, provided that only small amounts were given (pineapple has a high sugar content).
Dogs consuming high amounts of sugar have a 99.99% chance of getting diarrhea, so only hand out small amounts of the tangy fruit! Unless you are successful in treating this level of compulsive coprophagia then it could be fatal. The intestinal phase of this nasty disease occurs only in cats (wild as well as domesticated) therefore transmission to dogs is by ingestion of oocysts (in cat faeces) or bradyzoites in some raw or undercooked meat that has not been pre-frozen. In dogs, while coprophagia appears to be purely behavioural, there are indeed numerous medical problems that can cause or contribute to coprophagia.
Some dogs that have been placed on a highly restrictive or poorly balanced diet may also begin to eat their stools. Some dogs may be improved by adding enzyme supplements to improve nutrient digestion or absorption.
Obviously this would be for dogs that were eating their own faeces, or the faeces of another dog in the same household.
Other published remedies that have never been proven to be effective are to add paw paw, pineapple, yogurt, cottage cheese or breath freshener to the dog’s food, which in some way are supposed to impart a less pleasant taste in the stools.



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