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Coprophagia Treatment: How to Stop a Dog From Eating Poop!

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Summary: ‘My puppy is eating its poop, will he grow out of it?’ or ‘It’s so GROSS when my it’s my puppy eating feces. How can I stop my dog from eating feces?’ Believe it or not, dogs eating poop is more common than you may think. It’s called coprophagia. We’ll review treatments to handle this problem.

Puppy Eating Feces: How to Stop a Dog from Eating Poop

It is not unusual to see a puppy eating its own or other’s feces. This behavior actually has a name. It’s called ‘Coprophagia’. It is disgusting but usually not harmful if the puppy is eating its own feces. Nevertheless, it’s the last thing you want to smell when you are snuggling with your puppy. And it’s also embarrassing when others observe your puppy eating feces. If the puppy eats the feces of another dog or animal though, it could be harmful if the stools have worms, parasites or infectious diseases in them.

Copraphagia Treatment/Solution: Other than keeping your dog’s poop cleaned up, you can also buy products that you put into the puppy’s food that make the stools undesirable. Naturvet Coprophagia Stool Eating Deterrent is the leading product in this category. It can work well for some pets while others may find Cease Coprophagia Soft Chews to work for them. Both of these products come highly recommended by its users as you can see on the link to the products above. Make sure you read the comments about the product from Amazon. The good news about this behavior is that most of the time puppies do grow out of it. Important: Don’t induce vomiting when your puppy eats poop.

A simple training method can also be tried. When you are walking your dog on a leash, simply jerk the leash when your dog approaches feces, and reward him/her when they avoid it.

Coprophagia Product Reviews for Dogs

The most commonly recommended product for Coprophagia treatment is Naturvet Coprophagia Stool Eating Deterrent w/ Breath Aid 130 count chews. It helps deter a dog from eating its own feces. Simply put one tablet in your dog’s food at the prescribed interval on the Naturvet packaging. It’s made in the USA. It also supports the reduction of unpleasant odor with a breath freshener.

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Naturvet Coprophagia Stool Eating Deterrent w/ Breath Aid 130 count chews

The other popular product to stop a puppy eating feces is Cease Coprophagia Soft Chews. This comes as a beef and liver flavored treat.

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Cease Coprophagia Soft Chews

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