Coprophagy: Stool Eating Behavior of Puppies and Dogs

 Occasionally, a puppy would eat his own or a different dog's stool. This grosses out and disturbs the owner but it doesn't have to become a habit. The dog may just be hungry—puppies are oftentimes ravenous and ready to pick up anything that is available. It might be a good idea, hence, to keep a few dry dog meal or biscuits within your dog's play area for him to nibble on when he abruptly feels like eating.

Inactivity, boredom, and a bit much confinement are additional causes of stool consuming and point to the demand for more attention, more exercise, and a good variety of toys so the dog will have something to drag around. Puppies frequently play with stools. Since ungathered feces could be responsible for the practice, tidy up all bowel movements right away.
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Stool eating may also ensue from a deficiency of the digestive enzymes amylase, protease, and lipase, causing a dog to eat feces to substitute them.

This detestable habit must be instantly corrected, particularly because a dog can be infected with hookworm, roundworm, or whipworm eggs from eating the stools of other dogs. A sharp "No!" in a fed up tone of voice would stop a puppy while you catch him in the act. Then, naturally, get rid of the stool. A well-balanced diet is all-important. Adding the enzyme papain (contained in meat tenderizers) occasionally discourages the tendency to eat feces. Try to sprinkle a teaspoon of Accent or Adolph's Meat Tenderizer on your dog's food. Your vet can help, too, by giving you an ingredient to add up to the dog's food that would make his stools unpalatable.

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