It’s pretty disgusting, but “coprophagia” is seen in lots of dogs!
- Coprophagia is very common- don’t worry!
- It sometimes is a normal life stage event e.g. inquisitive pups or post birth bitches.
- However, underlying medical or dietary problems can cause it- digestive enzyme problems, parasites and poor diet can cause it.
- It can also stem from underlying behavioural or environmental issues such as boredom, stress, curiosity and imitation
- Can be difficult to detrain if it’s a longstanding issue
- Puppy farms can produce dogs who have been hungry, forced to fight for food and had to live utterly bored in a cage of faeces. Coprophagia can be impossible to stop in these dogs.
HOW TO STOP IT
- Pick up the poop immediately
- Place cat litter boxes out of reach
- Improve the quality of their diet and add probiotics or even digestive enzymes to their food
- Keep them stimulated! Exercise and training can help ward this off
- Trial over the counter deterrents.
- Avoid punishing them and further causing stress!
Probiotics vs Prebiotics
- Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in various parts of your dog’s body
- Prebiotics are various types of preferred foods that nourish the probiotic bacteria and keep them active.
- Good probiotics:
- Live cultured dairy foods (yoghurt, kefir etc.), but remember not all dogs can stomach dairy
- Pre-prepared supplements (expensive)
- Raw goat’s milk
- Green tripe
- Let them play in the dirt- they’ll pick up useful micro-organisms this way
- Good prebiotics:
- Green leafy veggies + other raw veg
- Mushrooms (edible from supermarket)