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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. 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 . There is no established medical reason why some dogs eat their own feces or the feces of other animals.
It seems that some dogs simply develop a taste for poop, often starting when they are puppies. Although there are no reported scientific studies examining the role that texture and odor play in corpophagia, there are many anecdotal reports of dogs eating the feces of cats, horses, cows, deer, rabbits, and other animals. Obviously, many owners are away from home during the day (or at night), whether for work or for any number of other reasons. There are a number of products on the market that were developed specifically to stop a dog from eating poop.


A similar strategy used by some owners is to apply an emetic agent to fecal matter just before the dog eats it. No dietary supplements, additives or emetic agents have been proven to be reliably effective in stopping a dog from eating poop. In extreme cases, dogs may actually stimulate themselves to defecate more frequently than normal (by licking), and then will eat their stool directly as it comes out of their rectum.
If an owner notices that his dog is eating fecal matter, he should have her checked out by a veterinarian, to make sure that the behavior is not caused by some underlying medical condition. Learn about Canine Periodontal Disease, including how it affects the health of your dog's overall health, and what options are available to manage this type of dental condition. I first noticed something was amiss when Mischief, my youngest dog, didn’t come in after her last potty break of the night.
The technical term for poop-eating behavior is coprophagia, and disgusting as it is to us, it is a normal behavior for dogs.
All that said, coprophagia is not a behavior most of us will tolerate in their companion dogs. The more your dog practices any behavior, be it eating fecal matter or sitting politely to greet guests, the better the dog gets at that behavior.
Since there were still likely to be some poop hidden under the fresh snow, I also needed a way to prevent Mischief from gobbling up anything new she found.
Since my goal is for her to be responsible without my help, I jackpot her with several pieces of this food and lots of praise any time she chooses to pass a pile of poop without my prompting. If you need little extra help solving a tough poop-eating problem with your dog, don’t be afraid to call in an expert.
Some other nutrient may be missing from their food, especially if they are Autocoprophagic or Intraspecific. 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. This means that if your dog eats poop and you want them to stop, preventing them from “practicing” that poop-eating behavior is of vital importance. While there are several food additives on the market that claim to make the dog’s poop unappetizing, these options were not available to me due to Layla’s severe allergies. We didn’t bother to practice stationary leave-its (where the dog is sitting or lying down before the distraction appears), since these didn’t have anything to do with the real-life situation she’d be placed in. Over time, I will start allowing her to go out on a long leash while I supervise from the doorway, and then gradually progress to allowing her off-leash freedom again. And as anyone who has ever had to clean up a mess of the sort Mischief presented me with the other night can attest, it’s well worth the effort to stop this behavior in its tracks. When a puppy enters the teething and mouthy phase, they will eat and chew on almost anything, poop included. Wild canids would eat human refuse outside of settlements, and over time these animals came to resemble our domestic dogs more and more. If your dog has allergies, as one of mine does, the undigested remnants of allergens in the poop of animals fed certain diets can trigger an allergic reaction. If you go this route, it’s important to treat every dog in the household, or the offending dog will learn to just keep trying in order to find an unadulterated pile to munch on.
Obviously this would be for dogs that were eating their own faeces, or the faeces of another dog in the same household. Dogs like poop, and their digestive systems are designed in such a way that they can often gain nutrition from the waste products of other animals.




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