• There is no basis for outmoded punishments such as "sticking the dog's nose in it," which can actually increase the problem. (blogspot.com)
  • Usually seen in young foals, coprophagy (or dirt-eating, as it is commonly called) is generally regarded as a normal behavior as long as the foal does not exclusively eat feces or ingest large quantities of it over a long period of time. (petmd.com)
  • The purpose of coprophagy in foals is speculated to be a mechanism for populating the digestive system with bacteria and protozoa necessary for a fully functioning cecum. (purinamills.com)
  • There has been no nutritive motivation identified for coprophagy in foals, but mature horses eating protein-deficient diets will often begin eating their manure. (purinamills.com)
  • Some experts believe coprophagy occurs more often in animals that live in relatively barren environments, are frequently confined to small areas and/or receive limited attention from their owners. (kittycat.co.za)
  • Coprophagia can be one of the clinical signs of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), a condition in which the pancreas doesn't produce enough digestive enzymes, when seen in conjunction with with weight loss, diarrhea, fatty stools and flatulence (gas). (diamondpet.com)
  • While coprophagy is generally more distasteful than it is harmful to the pet, eating of nonfood objects may result in vomiting, diarrhea, or a blockage in the digestive tract, which may require an emergency surgery or use of an endoscope to retrieve the object while the pet is under anesthesia. (vetsecure.com)
  • Coprophagia is classified as an appetitive problem and is considered so distasteful by many dog owners that in many of the more unresponsive cases euthanasia if frequently suggested especially when the "owners bond with their dog [is] irreparably damaged" (McKeown et. (responsibledog.net)
  • Rabbits eating a diet that is too high in carbohydrates (typically pellets) are prone to developing intestinal problems because they are not consuming adequate fiber (grass hay). (vcahospitals.com)
  • A wire basket muzzle when taking dogs prone to coprophagia on walks, is a two-fold preventative, because providing your dog with exercise can help them to relax and be less compulsive. (petcarerx.com)
  • Perhaps the most distressing behavior problem is the dog who barks when left alone. (petfinder.com)
  • However, because far more dogs who have been adopted from shelters have this behavior problem than those kept by a single family since puppyhood, it is believed that loss of an important person or group of people in a dog's life can lead to separation anxiety. (aspca.org)