The proper term for poo-eating is coprophagy.
Depraved appetite: An unnatural craving to eat unsuitable food is known as depraved (corrupt) appetite, or pica (Latin for magpie).
There are several myths about Poo eating:
As with many “bad habits”, poo eating is actually linked to an underlying health issue. In my opinion, poo eating is a symptom of a low grade health disorder, probably of the digestive system.
Some dogs may show obvious signs of digestive upset such as occasional loose stools but for many, the only indication is poo eating. As with many common health issues, a holistic approach to health and nutrition can offer a solution. To do this, we have to consider in particular the health and function of the digestive system.
You can read more about diet and the health of the digestive system in my Veterinary Guide to Natural Healthcare. See the link below (pp.12-13).
The Burns Health and Nutrition Team (see back of leaflet) can give you individually tailored advice on finding the right food and the right feeding amounts for your dog
When trying to eliminate poo eating, it is important, initially, to have as little variety in the diet as possible, i.e. no treats, other pet food brands, fruit or even homemade foods containing meat and fat (vegetables are OK). Keeping it simple helps to identify what works best. Treats may be tried at a later stage once the poo eating has been resolved.
Get in touch with the Burns Health and Nutrition Team for individually tailored advice on the right food type and amounts for your dog. At Burns we work to address pet health conditions brought about by unhealthy lifestyle and especially diet. Drawing on the link between health and nutrition, we developed dry pet food that offers the same benefits for your favourite furry friend as simple homecooked food.