Author: admin, 26.06.2015Coprophagia is the medical term for when a dog eats either its own faeces or that of another animal.
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. 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.
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 .
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.
Obviously this would be for dogs that were eating their own faeces, or the faeces of another dog in the same household.
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