Coprophagia (Stool Eating)

This problem is one that many dog owners are embarrassed to bring up. The first step in correcting this behavior is understanding why it occurs. Before you can begin treating this problem, you first need to understand why the problem occurs.

There are several reasons dogs engage in Coprophagia or stool eating.

  • Underfed
  • Poor-quality food causing malnutrition and/or vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • A decrease in the absorption of nutrients or causes gastrointestinal upset
  • A Medical problem or medication for a problem which causes an increase in appetite.(diabetes, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease, etc.)
  • Being kept in too small of an area and/or stools are not being picked up quickly enough
  • Boredom

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