Coprophagia is a common canine habit, although it is aversive for human beings. Despite
absence of clinical risk to animals and their owners, this behavior may lead the owners
to get rid of their dogs. The lack of information and effective corrective methods
make it difficult for veterinary clinicians to contribute to eradication of this problem.
The objective of this study was to evaluate nutritional, behavioral, and hereditary
aspects involved in the manifestation of coprophagia in dogs, the effectiveness of
the most common corrective methods, and the perception of owners about the subject
through a questionnaire designed for coprophagic and non-coprophagic dog's owners.
Owners of 70 adult animals were interviewed, of which 42.8% (n = 30/70) were coprophagic
and 57.1% (n = 40/70) were non-coprophagic. There was no difference between sex, habits,
lifestyle, habitat, number of meals, nutritional background, commercial diet, and
reproductive status. However, development of coprophagia appears to be influenced
by the presence of a coprophagic cohabitant. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.