Poop Eating (Coprophagia)

Bernie's Perfect Poop Can Naturally Alleviate Dog Coprophagia (Poop Eating)

  • Studies have shown that canine diets rich in dietary fiber, fat, protein, dietary fiber, and low in carbohydrates my reduce coprophagia. The high-fiber content in Bernie’s can help your dog achieve a higher percentage of fiber in its diet.
  • Enzymes: Increasing enzymes in your dog’s diet can help to break down food and allow the gut to better absorb the nutrients from your dogs food. Bernie’s contains a proprietary blend of 7 different enzymes that work to break down and absorb the nutrients from the food your dog is eating. These added nutrients can curb coprophagia by fulfilling your dog’ need for nutrients which stops their need to fulfill that need by eating poop. 
  • Fiber: Bernie’s is made from a combination of healthy nutritional fibers that can work to balance the digestive tract. A balanced digestive tract allows the nutrients from food to easily be digested into the body, satisfying the bodies need for nutrients so that your dog doesn’t need to look for added nutrients from feces. 
  • Prebiotics & Probiotics: Bernie’s contains prebiotics and probiotics that aid in balancing the digestive tract. As with fiber, prebiotics and probiotics will help to balance the digestive tract by balancing the microbiome (good and bad bacteria) in the gut. A balanced digestive tract with assist in nutrient absorption. 
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WHAT IS COPROPHAGIA?

Coprophagia is defined as eating feces (poop). Sounds gross, we know. However, as gross as it sounds to us pet parents, it is actually very common for dogs to eat their own stool. Ask around and you'll be surprised how many dog parents have experienced this behavior. There a wide range of behavioral, medical, and physical reasons why dogs eat poop. Luckily in most cases there are easy-to implement solutions.

Common Signs of Poop Eating Include:
 

  • You witness your dog eating feces (either his own or another animals).
  • Your dog vomits up feces
  • Your dog’s breath smells like feces

COMMON COPROPHAGIA CAUSES IN DOGS

Medical and physical reasons for coprophagia include:

Possible Causes of Dog ConstipationCan Perfect Poop Help?
Nutrient MalabsorptionYES
EPI (endocrine pancreatic insufficiency)YES
Unbalanced MicrobiomeYES
Diabetes, Cushing’s disease, and thyroid diseaseYES
Prescription Medications that make dogs hungryYES
Poor diet – body craves nutrients
Underfeeding – not enough food
Parasites that are feeding on the nutrients in the dog’s digestive tract
Taste – poop may taste good to some dogs
Behavioral Issues:
- Maternal instincts - Eating puppy poop to clean the den
- Anxiety issues – poop eating is a coping mechanism
- Attention seeking
- Boredom
- Curiosity
- Isolation coping mechanism (left in crate/kennel too long)
- History of Abuse: Dogs that were abused are most likely not being fed so are used to eating feces for food and nutrition

WARNING
& TIPS

Coprophagia (poop eating) if not addressed can become a habit. Eating feces may subject your dog to parasites (if eating other animal’s poop) or other illnesses that could cause a host of problems for your dog. If your dog does not stop eating his feces after treatment, consult with a Vet to determine possible medical reasons for coprophagia (poop eating).

Other Ways to Help

  • Teach proper behavior regarding poop. Train your dog to leave it. Practice “leave it with food, toys, etc.”
  • Give your dog plenty of play time to eliminate boredom
  • Feed your dog the recommended amount of food needed to prevent hunger
  • Serve food additives that make the stool taste bad to dogs
  • Keep the dog’s toilet area picked up, eliminating access to feces.  Clean up after your dog right away. Dog's may be eating as way to clean up
  • Be mindful of conditions that can be ripe for behavioral issues: Boredom, Stress, Attention Seeking or even fear of being punished for pooping in the house

Additional Reading

  • Bernie's Blog: How to Stop Your Dog From Eating Poop
  • Dogster - Stop Eating Poop
  • Wag Walking - Coprophagia
  • VCA Hospitals - Poop Eating Behavioral Problem
  • Fitopets - Remedies For Dogs Who Eat Their Own Excrement

Related Terms

  • Poop Eatings
  • Eating Feces
  • Stool Eating
  • Pica
  • Hard Dog Poop

WHAT OTHER PET PARENTS SAY

Bought this because my jack russell mix was eating poo. I had read this was because they needed nutrients and that the probiotics help. My dogs love the flavor and smell. It seems to have done the trick and she doesn't gravitate towards waste now. A little pricey but seems to be a good product.. - Sherry C.

More Information About Coprophagia In Dogs

Fiber Supplements may aid in halting coprophagia
Fiber helps to regulate digestion. It aids in obtaining and keeping optimal overall health including digestive health. A combination of soluble and insoluble fiber will aid in bulking up the stool and retaining water. Fiber is a fuel that keeps colon cells healthy. It balances out the flow of food through the digestive tract which gives the cells time to absorb nutrients from food but also keeps the food moving through the digestive tract.

Prebiotics may help stop coprophagia
Prebiotics are very important to overall digestive health which means they are important to breaking down food into the nutrients the body needs and allowing absorption of those nutrients.

Probiotics may help stop coprophagia
Probiotics help to strengthen immunity, eliminate toxins, and improve absorption of nutrients into the body. Studies have shown that probiotics can increase the absorption of nutrients by roughly 40-50%.

Enzymes may help stop coprophagia
A mixture of enzymes works the best as each has their own job in breaking down food into the nutrients the body needs. Some disorders can prevent the body from naturally breaking down food into nutrients so enzymes can be an important supplement to include in your dog’s diet.

** What is EPI (Endocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency In Dogs?
EIP is a condition where the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes for a dog to properly break down its food and absorb nutrients from that food. The dog results in a state of nutrient deficiency.