Copro-Nil Anti-Coprophagia Powder for Dogs
Copro-Nil is a specially formulated feed supplement designed to discourage dogs from eating faeces. Containing a complex blend of unique ingredients that, when digested, give faeces a thoroughly unpleasant taste, effectively dissuading dogs against Coprophagia. Harmless and minimal effect on food taste, Copro-Nil contains a combination of vitamins that, when deficient, have shown to be linked to Coprophagia. Copro-Nil can be sprinkled lightly onto each meal before eating for two weeks.
Coprophagia (the eating of faeces by an animal) is all too common in dogs. Eating the faeces of herbivores might well be considered normal canine behaviour. However if a dog eats its own faeces, this is not considered normal behaviour and appears markedly unpleasant to most owners.
There are several factors that contribute to the desire of an animal to eat its own or other animal’s faeces and these will often interact. The factors that contribute to Coprophagia are:
Vitamin deficiency – Vitamin B1 and Vitamin K have been shown in laboratory to cause this problem. Low levels may trigger the animal’s instinct to seek sources of these vitamins. This may include their faeces.
Curiosity – young animals in particular are intensely curious and the faeces of a strange animal. This is not a problem unless they develop a taste for it.
Boredom – animals are bored or anxious will find ways of relieving the stress. This may be by activities like continuous whining or barking, destructive behaviour or coprophagia
Natural Instinct – especially in dogs where their digestive systems have been disturbed they may eat other animal’s faeces in an attempt to re-populate their gut with healthy bacteria.
Protein- cats in particular but also other animals on a high protein diet may have significant amount of protein present in their faeces. If an animal has a particular requirement for protein (e.g if growing rapidly or on an unbalanced diet) it may be attracted to faeces.
Habit – this is the most challenging ’cause’. An animal starts consuming faeces from one of the reasons above but then continues, often through having the behaviour inadvertently reinforced by the owner or from continued exposure to stressful situations. The longer this behaviour continues the harder it sis to break. This is more a psychological condition and may require specialist treatment.
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