Copro-nil 100g - Behaviour Aid for Coproghagia

COPRO-nil - A taste modifier to discourage coprophagic behaviour (eating their own faeces)
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COPRO-nil - A taste modifier to discourage coprophagic behaviour (eating their own faeces)

Copro Nil is a granular solution for wet and dry food to tackle coprophagia – the undesirable and potentially dangerous problem of animals, particularly dogs and puppies, eating their own faeces.

Copro-nil is designed to curb the animal’s behavior as well as induce a healthy digestion system to help stop the problem.

Copro-Nil is designed to make the animal’s faeces highly unpalatable which results in the animal finding that eating faeces is unappealing. Copro-nil also contains ingredients to counter potential dietary deficiencies, such as low folate and B12, which are thought to contribute to coprophagia. By re-establishing a healthy gut flora, Copro-nil helps support normal gut function and intrinsic vitamin production that may counteract the condition.

There are multiple factors contributing to the desire for an animal to eat its own (or others’) faeces. Vitamin deficiency, curiosity, boredom, natural instinct, excess protein levels in the faces and habit all interact to stimulate an animal to consume excrement. Over-feeding animals can also encourage coprophagy as undigested food is left in the faeces.

- Vitamin B1 deficiency has been shown in the laboratory to cause coprophagia, but a number of vitamins (including Vit B complex and Vit K) are made by bacteria in the large bowel. Low levels of these vitamins in an animal's system may trigger the animal's instinct to seek sources of these vitamins. This may include faeces.

- young animals in particular are intensely curious and the faeces of a strange animal (or it may be the first time they encounter their own faeces) may provoke an animal to 'try something new'. This is not a problem unless they develop a taste for it.

- animals that are bored or anxious will find various ways of relieving the stress. This may be by activities like continuous whining or barking, destructive behaviour or coprophagia. Medications may help but the underlying cause must be addressed.

NATURAL INSTINCT - especially in dogs where their digestive systems have been disturbed they may eat other animals' faeces in an attempt to re-populate their gut with healthy bacteria.

- 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 imbalanced diet) it may be attracted to those faeces.

HABIT - this is the most challenging 'cause'. An animal starts consuming faeces for 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 is to break. This is more a psychological condition and may require specialist treatment.

You will often need to give COPRO-nil to all the animals in the household to stop the affected animal from having access to untreated faeces and simply 'switching'.


Dosage & Administration:

Simply sprinkle COPRO-nil onto the animals normal food. Ensure that each meal is eaten and discard any food left over before the next meal. COPRO-nil can be used with both wet and dry food. The faeces produced from this food will possess a very unpalatable taste. All animals in the household should be treated at the same time to ensure good re-enforcement of the unpalatable 'message'. Remember that food takes 12 – 24 hours to pass through the digestive system so COPRO-nil will only be effective after this 'lag' time. This product is not an enzyme mixture which can alter the normal digestive process.

Administer 0.5g per kg per day (1level teaspoon per 10kg), divided between each meal.

Sprinkle onto every feed, and avoid snacks between meals, to ensure Copro-Nil is consistently present in every stool.

Administer daily for 10-14 days.

If coprophagia is still exhibited or long-term habit breaking is required, copro-Nil may be continued for up to 6 weeks.

Where interspecific and/or allocoprophagia is occurring between pets within the home, feed copro-nil to all dogs and cats within the household at each feed.

Weight = 5-10kg - 1/2 tsp daily or 1/4 tsp twice daily or 1/6 tsp 3 times daily.
Weight = 10-20kg - 1 tsp daily or 1/2 tsp twice daily or 1/2 tsp 3 times daily.
weight = 20-30kg - 2 tsp daily or 1 tsp twice daily or 2/3 tsp 3 times daily.

VERY SMALL DOGS AND PUPPIES: In dogs and puppies less than 5kg the amounts of COPRO-nil may be difficult to measure, so please contact your vet for advice.

CATS: ½ level teaspoon per day, divided between the feeds in a day for 5-7 days.

: 3 level teaspoons, morning and night, for 2-3 days may help to curb this habit.

For older dogs and cats who have been habitual coprophagics over a long period of time it may often be necessary to feed COPRO-nil for one month to six weeks to curb the habit.

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