Dog Eating Stool
One of the most disturbing features of running a kennel or even of owning certain dogs is the habit that some animals have of eating dung(corona) or eating dirt (esophagi). It is quite understandable how puppies during their teething age want to chew on objects and will sometimes chew them up and swallow them. This also is one of the manifestations of rabies and occasionally one of the results of encephalitis. In the latter two cases, the behavior is due to disease, but mainly puppies’ actions are due only to a desire to exercise the teeth and gums. Sometimes other seemingly healthy dogs will catch mouthfuls of dung or dirt.
The owner immediately wonders what is wrong, as well as he should. In the old days, when there were horses in the city streets, it was not at all an uncommon sight to see house dogs eating horses’ droppings. Farm dogs, too, will eat a horse and cow manure, and many dogs will eat their own or other dogs’ stools. Some dogs display a passion for eating cats’ stools. You can also use commercial products for stopping dogs from eating their stools like S.E.P (Stop Eating Poop).
Undoubtedly nutritional deficiency is one cause of both Copenhagen esophagi, but it is not the only cause. When it is the cause, the dog is trying to conserve nutritional essentials. If you visit rat laboratories where nutritional tests are in progress, you will find all the rats kept in cages with wire bottoms elevated so high that the animals can’t reach down and obtain stools to eat. If they could, some tests would be invalid. Another cause is some odor in the stools that attracts dogs.
An important cause, especially in kennel dogs of a retrieving nature, like Cocker Spaniels, is their desire to retrieve. They will pick up stools, carry them around in their mouths, and eventually eat them, thus more or less training themselves to this obnoxious habit. Another cause is underfeeding. Some dogs get so hungry that they become stool eaters. Parasites, especially hookworms, which may cause anemia, are also a clause of the habit.
If a dog secretes an inadequate amount of one of the digestive enzymes it soon learns that by eating its stool it adds some of the needed enzymes. For this condition the addition of a meat tenderizer contain-in pa pain is corrective. Pa pain is also found in the fruit of the papaya tree.
Cures are affected by first considering the causes of the condition and eliminating the thesis. Nutritional deficiencies can be overcome by feeding complete diets. It must be remembered that a great many vitamins are manufactured by bacteria working in the intestines, and it can easily be that dogs need vitamins when you find them eating stools. They may also need essential amino acids or minerals. Consider everything carefully and supply what you think your dog or dogs may need. You may quickly cure your pet.
The use of chlorophyll, which will eliminate some peculiar stool odors, sometimes produces dramatic results. This can be supplied by a lot of dark green vegetables boiled lightly and added to the food. The alfalfa-leaf meal may also be added to the food, but not in large enough quantities to physic the dog. Chlorophyll pills, obtainable in any drug store, may also be given.
In the case of retrieving breeds, if the dog is given something to carry, the corona usually ceases immediately.
If the trouble is parasitic, especially hookworm infestation, see that the dog is de-wormed. After deworming, the pet will retain enough ironing in its body to help replenish its blood supply and will not feel the urge to conserve the mineral by eating dung or dirt.
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