AN298 Poop Eating (coprophagia) their own stools. Minerals Deficiencies
Many dogs start eating poop because their bodies are prodding them to correct an insufficiency or imbalance in the digestive process. Perhaps the pancreas isn't producing enough insulin or other enzymes, for example, or maybe the balance of good-to-bad gut bacteria is out of whack. Dogs don't eat poop because they think it's yummy, but rather because their bodies are urging them to ingest something present in the feces — something that may be missing from their diet.
It appears often, coprophagia is more prevalent in dogs fed kibble, which is a biologically inappropriate diet that can create a chronic digestive enzyme deficiency. Since the feces of other animals are a good source of digestive enzymes, dogs with a deficiency will sometimes ingest enzyme-rich poop.
In fact, rabbit poop is a very rich source of not only enzymes but also B vitamins, which is why many dogs, given the opportunity, will happily scarf up rabbit droppings.
Most poop-eating dogs limit themselves to fresh feces (less than two days old), probably because in addition to digestive enzymes, it also contains the high levels of microbes necessary to regenerate beneficial bacteria in the gut.
If your canine companion partakes of the occasional poop snack, it might make you feel better to know he's got plenty of company. Many species eat feces, including mice and the capybara, the largest rodent in the world. Guinea pigs also indulge and are good examples of domesticated animals that may eat poop to stay healthy, not because they're sick. If you happen to have a guinea pig and haven't noticed the behavior, it's probably because the little guys are very quick.
Some dogs, especially those in kennel situations, may eat poop because they're feeling anxious or stressed. Research also suggests dogs who are punished for inappropriate elimination can convince themselves pooping itself is bad, so they hide the evidence by eating it.
Coprophagia is also a problem in puppy breeding (backyard mill dogs). Puppies who go hungry, are weaned too soon, have to fight with others for food or are forced to sit for weeks in a small crate with no physical or mental stimulation, are at high risk of becoming habitual stool eaters.
Coprophagia can also be a learned behavior. Older dogs can actually role model poop-eating behavior for younger dogs in the household.
Tips to Help Curb Your Dog's Habit
Feeding a nutritionally balanced diet containing human-grade (preferably unprocessed) protein and supplement with probiotics and digestive enzymes to help curb your dog's urge to find less appetizing sources of free enzymes around the yard or in the litterbox.
Vitamin B1 (thiamin) 100 mg, 100 Veggie Cap
Open one capsule and add the powder to meals. Always add a capsule of the powder to every solid meal given.
Add a pinch for Toy dogs or cats.
Trypsin enzyme. (which is found in some good digestive enzyme supplements) e.g Irwin Naturals, Inflamma-Less, 80 Liquid Soft-Gels
Prevention and Treatment
Now Foods, Biotin, 5,000 mcg, 120 Veg Capsules
Adding Biotin vitamin to daily meals can prevent stool eating (and also help treat digestive tract, liver, and kidneys)
Biotin is part of the B complex group, just open a capsule and add the powder to meals. Twice a day.
How does it work? Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. biotin is sometimes used for hepatitis, brittle nails, neuropathy, and other conditions. Biotin plays a key role in the body. It supports the health of the skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells. One small study suggested that biotin and other micronutrients helped treat peripheral neuropathy, nerve pain in the extremities that can result from kidney failure or diabetes.
Can get this supplement from iherb.com
Example: Use a little 'Organic Apple Cider Vinegar " (not white vinegar) - to every meal given.
Toy dogs, small dog: 10 drops,
Med dog: 1 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons
large dog: 1 tablespoon.
Can also stir in a tablespoon or more to water bowl or farm trough.
Restore Gut Flora
A great idea to work on "healing and restoring good gut flora" if your pet has ever had any antibiotic drugs or acute or chronic stress in their life.
Example: Probiotic Nexabiotic Capsules (by Bioprosper Labs)
The specific strains in of probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Casei and plantarum, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Bifobacterium longum can also be extremely beneficial.
PET DOSAGE: Add a pinch in meals for cats, a toy dog and other small animals.
Half powder from the capsule for small to med canines and a full cap of powder for large canines.To full restore gut bacteria, flora takes 2 months of probiotic intake.
As animal age, the production of these enzymes often slows down.
Deficiencies can also be genetically related, and symptoms will show up among puppies. Common signs of deficiencies are voluminous stools, often with indigested fat clearly visible, animals that eat their own faeces, and animals that are overtly underweight despite big appetites.
Protease - is the enzyme that breaks down protein.
Amylase - works on carbohydrates.
Lipase - is the fat-breaking enzyme.
Through a report from a veterinarian observation about 70% of patients he found cannot digest food properly.
One classic sign of a trypsin deficiency is an animal eating its own stool. This is overlooked in many vet practices. Testing the stools for trypsin enzyme deficiencies is recommended. Trypsin is a major pancreatic digestive enzyme that contributes to the breakdown of protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
The causes of trypsin deficiency are basically two-fold:
Non-Drug Prescription Set of 2 for all species and ages
1. HAMPL Digest 163 Flora 100ml (3.4oz) granules or drops
Contains homeopathically energized NUTRITION: Lactobacilli Acid, Bifida, Colostrum, Alfalfa, E.F.A's, Sulphur, Glyerinum 500C (aids better absorption of nutrition), Leaky Gut nosode 30X, Bioplasma tissue salts (health tonic), with four types of enzymes, homeopathic Organs Sarcodes of the: small and large intestines meridian, spleen, stomach, duodenum, Ileum, Jejunum, pancreatic juice, peyers patches 2C, with HAMPL Flora Restore 122 formula.
2. Minerals Drops (ReMyte) 30ml liquid
Replenish mineral deficiencies in the body. Drops added to meals.
For all species, size, and ages.
(a) “HOMEOPATHICS” are sold in either a clear liquid or tiny white pills or granules – both have no odour or taste) Easy “application dosing” for all species:
Refer to Bottle Label for suggested frequencies repeat dosing needed per day.
NOTE: the rule is one must “repeat a dose” more frequently with less time in between each application dose, which is more important than the amount given each time. Repeat application will provide faster action.
(b) “HERBAL MEDICINES ” (brown liquid – strong odour & tasting) ”Application dosing” for all species: Canine, equine, cow, sheep, goat : add herbal drops (as recommended on bottle label) to some (unsweetened apple sauce or apple juice) for canines and oral syringe side of mouth. Can add other vitamins (crushed) Alkaline green powders etc. to mix. Refer to: Bottle Label for amount of drops per species size. Feline, toy dog, rabbit, or other small animals: add 3 – 4 drops of the brown herbal formula add 1 teaspoon of hot water from kettle, let cool, add another teaspoon of cold water, then oral dose side of mouth – with small sips at a time until 1ml is taken.
What I do for example: If I was needing to give herb treatments and/or vitamin supplements to feline or toy dog or other small animals – I add this herbal formula to a small bowl add some boiled water (about a teaspoon) to it so to dissolve the alcohol in it, let cool, then add what vitamins If needed (powder or crushed tab – a pinch) mixed in another 50ml of water, and oral syringe once a day or twice a day …smear on a little “vegemite paste” (if cannot get Vegemite in your country, try fresh pate or slippery elm powder added can help mask the taste) around and on tip of oral syringe, as felines seem to real like the taste of this paste, but not too much as it is quite a strong taste)
(c) “NUTRITIONAL Mix ” Giving vitamins and supplements (tablets or powders) NB. Always crush tablet before adding to food or liquid mix. Felines or small animals: make up 1/4 cup of mixture, adding approx. a pinch of some type of Green powder (alkaline powder) or Chlorella powder (cleansing of toxins) or Vital Greens (highly nutritional) with 10 drops of herbs if you are having to also give herbal medicines (i.e. brown liquid) (after a little hot water added to dissolve alcohol) Med to large animals: add twice to three times the amount.
DOSING: Feline or small animal: using an oral syringe draw up 1ml and gently small sips. Or add a teaspoon to meals if they don’t mind eating it with meals (mix well into food) Do not put in Fridge. Room temp is best as too cold is dislike by felines.
DOSING: Canine, equine, cow, sheep, goat: try mixing well into food and hand piece before feeding main meals. Or dose same as suggested for felines, but add three times as much herbal medicines and vitamins to 1/2 cup of water or (unsweetened) apple sauce or apple juice.
What I do for example: If i was needing to give herb treatments and/or vitamin supplements to feline or toy dog or other small animals – I add this herbal formula to a small bowl add some boiled water (about a teaspoon) to it so to dissolve the alcohol in it, let cool, then add what vitamins If needed (powder or crushed tab – a pinch) mixed in another 50ml of water, and oral syringe once a day or twice a day …. smear on a little “vegemite paste” (if cannot get Vegemite in your country, try fresh pate or slippery elm powder added can help mask the taste) around and on tip of oral syringe, as felines seem to real like the taste of this paste, but not too much as it is quite a strong taste)
Slippery Elm Powder If needing to add or use Slippery Elm powder
FOR CONDITIONS like …. diarrhea, stomach ulcers, or sore inflamed mouth or mouth ulcers, constipation, or IBS (i.e. colitis), plus it can also been given as a liquid meal given orally via syringe as it is highly nutritional (oral liquid feeding) for convalescing during illness when not eating solids.
CONVALESCING ..can been given as a liquid meal given orally via syringe as it is highly nutritional (oral liquid feeding) for convalescing during illness when not eating solids or not eating very well. ~ Add a small amount of powder to the mix to enough to make a runny liquid mix, if you put too much of the powder it will become thick and gluggy, if this happens you will need to add more liquid to it. Can add crushed vitamins and herbal medicines to this as well. OPTIONS: Oral dose in syringe or add to meals three times a day or more to maintain normal health again, then can stop or reduce frequencies.
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