Ceprophagia


"..ceprophagia [is] a common condition in which pets chow down on feces -- their own or that of another species...

"..causes usually fall under two categories:

1. "Illness or Disease...
"Poor nourishment, a lack of digestive enzymes, inflammatory bowel disease, or an absorption disorder can leave your dog hungry or searching for missing nutrients... Conditions.. include diabetes, Cushing's Disease, and hyperthyroidism... Get your dog a thorough veterinary examination...

2. "Behavioral issues...
"Stress, boredom, and anxiety...

"The key [is] prevention.. keep yards, play areas, and kennels free of feces. Pick up your dog's stool immediately so she's not tempted. Supervise her outside activities.. When outside your yard, keep your dog on a leash to control access.

"Steer clear of negative responses that can actually reinforce the behavior if she's simply seeking attention" (Cairns, Bryan. "Don't Eat That!" Dog Fancy, October 2003, 18).


Colby Glass, MLIS