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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. NaturVet Naturals Coprophagia Soft Chews are recommended to help deter dogs from consuming their own stool. Australian Dog Names Perfect for the Aussie and non-Aussie Puppy Nov 24, 15 05:24 PMAustralian dog names, even if you don't have a made in Australia dog, can be perfect for that new puppy. Coprophagia is the medical term for when a dog eats either its own faeces or that of another animal. Food or Medical:  Nutritional deficiency is commonly believed to be one of the main  reasons for poo eating, so it is important to rule this out first. 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. It has also been suggested that eating faeces could be an aid in food digestion, in other words a probiotic which encourages healthy flora in the gut.
Genetic: the dog dates back at least to the Mesolithic period some 15000 years ago and fed off our middens and latrines therefore faeces (poo) was a staple diet. NaturVet Coprophagia Deterrent Time Release Tablets These are slow release tablets given to a dog with its food. Some people put chilli sauce or mustard on the faeces in the hope that it will deter the dog.
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.


The fecal-oral route can also transmit some rather nasty canine viral diseases.  Hepatitis and canine parvovirus are just two of these serious diseases. I would also strongly recommend keeping the dog away from cat faeces because of the risk of organisms such as Toxoplasma gondii which can cause serious and sometimes fatal consequences, including hepatitis, pneumonia, blindness, and severe neurological disorders .
In addition, any condition that might cause an increase in appetite or an unusual appetite, such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease, or treatment with certain drugs such as steroids, may lead to an increase in stool eating.
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). However, a dog fed on a good quality complete dog food should already be getting all the nutrients they require.
Therefore it may be advisable to pick up the faeces especially in the home area such as the garden, out of sight of the dog. Or using food as a lure though in some cases the dog may combine the lure and praise as something it gets when eating faeces. A cat has died in Germany from eating an infected bird; therefore this virus has shown it can cross the species. 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. If the dog is taught to come to the owners and sit for a special food treat immediately following each elimination, the new behaviour may become a permanent habit. It should also be noted that if a dog develops a taste for a particular dog’s stool, that dog should be tested for any type of condition that might lead to poor digestion of the food (and therefore excessive food elements remaining in the stool). 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.
Feeding a poorly digestible diet, underfeeding, and medical conditions that decrease absorption such as digestive enzyme deficiencies or parasites, could lead to malnutrition, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and therefore an increased appetite and possibly stool eating. 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.
Since coprophagia may attract a great deal of owner attention, the behavior may be further reinforced. In adult dogs the innate behavior of grooming and cleaning newborn puppies and eating their excrement, along with the well documented fact that dogs tend to be attracted to infections or discharges of their pack-mates, which they will sniff and lick, may explain some of the motivation for coprophagia. The owner that uses the outmoded, inhumane and useless training technique of "sticking the dog's nose" in its stool when it has soiled the home, may be further encouraging coprophagia.
At the first indication of any stool sniffing or investigation the dog should be interrupted with a firm command, remote punishment device or a quick pull on the leash (this is particularly effective for dogs wearing head halters).
If the dog is taught to come to the owners and sit for a special food treat immediately following elimination, the new behavior may become a permanent habit.
Remote punishment and disruption devices may also be useful in that they can interrupt the dog as it approaches the stool without any direct association with the owner. A remote spray collar may therefore be effective if the owner supervises the dog from a distance (or by watching through a window to the backyard) and immediately and consistently interrupts the dog every time it begins to mouth stools.
When adding some of these items to dry dog food, it may be necessary to moisten the food first and allow the product to sit on the food for 10 - 15 minutes to increase effectiveness.
To use a taste aversive deterrent, while the dog is out of sight, open up the stool with a disposable plastic utensil, insert the taste deterrent into the center, then close the stool and replace it for the dog to find. Most dogs however, either develop a tolerance to the taste, or learn to avoid those stools that are pretreated. Since most dogs seem to prefer a well-formed stool, adding sufficient quantities of stool softeners or bulk laxatives will usually deter most dogs.




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