Coprophagy

This topic was brought to my attention when a customer was concerned about her dog eating his backyard eliminating deposits (poop). This is a common complaint about a very natural event.

Robert Mueller · January 29, 2019

Coprophagy 

By Robert Mueller Sr. 

This topic was brought to my attention when a customer was concerned about her dog eating his backyard eliminating deposits (poop). This is a common complaint about a very natural event. Coprophagy - The feces is not due to a disease in the bowel or even a bad habit. It is admittedly a discussion that most people view as a disgusting habit or a nutritional need. 

Does your pet eat poo?

It is not uncommon for a carnivore to eat the feces of an animal as they consume the whole carcass. Even nursing dogs keep the nest clean by avidly licking the feces of their young at the moment it is passed. Dogs even obtain benefit from domestic cat poo. 

Poo that is obtained from cats and dogs that have been fed grain-based artificial food, is rich in enzymes and teaming with microorganisms. The more microbial enzymes consumed, the more it contributes to its digestive efficiency. In fact, this may be the only source of micronutrients for an artificially fed pet.

Feeding your pet a natural food can help

On observation you will notice that a dog finds very little value in feces from naturally fed carnivores. It is without nutrient value because it has been completely utilized and all that remains is ash and fiber, predominantly as powdered bone. 

The solution to coprophagia is simple - feed a raw meat diet or whole carcass meal.

Raw Food Tip:

"You may notice a difference in your pet's stool. Since your pet can now extract the maximum amount of nutrients from his food, all that is left in the stool is ash and fiber. This tends to make the stool firmer and reduce odor (odor being the result of the fermentation of undigested nutrients)." 

- Robert Mueller Sr. 

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Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF Diets® patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF®) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!

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