Calorie-restricted diets, especially those that are not balanced or do not adequately satiate the dog, may also lead to picas (abnormal appetite for non-foods), including coprophagia.
The first thing for managing coprophagia is to deny access to feces.
Most veterinarians consider pica and coprophagia behavioral problems having nothing to do with nutrition because their patients are fed a 100-percent nutritionally complete canned or packaged dog food.
While debate continues as to whether coprophagia is a behavioral problem, there's no doubt that dogs who are bored, receive little aerobic exercise or interesting play, and have unlimited access to their own or other animals' droppings will be difficult to discourage.
Many vets and dog owners have reported excellent results from adding Prozyme or similar enzyme powders to the food of dogs with pica or coprophagia.
Dogs with digestive disorders that contribute to pica often improve quickly, and those with coprophagia may become less interested in their fecal output.
says they have heard from breeders, trainers, and pet guardians who say that Seacure helped eliminate symptoms in dogs with pica and coprophagia.
Probiotics are recommended for all dogs with pica, coprophagia, or digestive disorders.
Adding vegetable oil to the dog's food has helped in some cases of pica and coprophagia.
Homeopathy has helped some dogs with pica or coprophagia.
There may be no simple cure for pica or coprophagia, but the potential for relief from these disturbing habits makes trying a few of these treatments definitely worth the effort.