Q. My dog is eating his own feces and I believe it might be from a lack of nutrients in his food.
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM
A. Coprophagia is not unnormal and could be caused by anything from lack of certain nutrients, supplementing his own gut with necessary bacteria, to being just a bad habit. Puppies eating a well-balanced and nutrient-rich diet should grow out of this behavior naturally by the time they are one year old. Boredom , stress and hunger can also cause coprophagia. Keep your puppy busy, avoid stress and feed it at least 4 times a day.Make sure the puppy is wormed, as intestinal parasites can deprive it of valuable nutrients. Unfortunately sometimes there is no explanation for the behavior either, some puppies just like eating their stool.
DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS
A. Not necessarily, some puppies tend to do that regardless of any nutrient deficiency. It's important to discourage this behavior obviously.
There are a few supplements on the market that makes feces taste bad, I recommend trying one of those (e.g. Deter).