Dr. Peter H. Eeg, D.V.M.
Coprophagia is the word for eating feces which is frowned upon in most cultures. Canines dominate this category for most of our personal pets. Rabbits may be seen eating their “night feces” which is high in B vitamins and needed for normal health.
When our pets engage in this behavior, they are not trying to gross us out (although | often say feline feces is a
delicacy in most dog-speaking countries because cat feces is higher in proteins than their regular diets), they are trying to communicate something important about the health, biology, or behavior.
Reasons for this behavior include;
1. issues with problematic training, including overcrowding, bowls too close to pooping areas; pancreatic insufficiencies, blood imbalances, or other metabolic issues;
rebalancing the normal bacterial flora; components missing in homemade diets;
abnormal habitual behavior or unintended acceptance of the behavior by owners.
If your pet is practicing Coprophagia, have it examined by your veterinarian to discuss diet, to have metabolic laboratory panels done to discuss blood results, and to have a thorough conversation about possible behavior-triggered reasons for the feces eating.
Many times, the answer is simple and the solution effective.
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