Why does my dog eat poop?!?

The question that every dog owner wants an answer to is… why does my dog eat poop? Well, unfortunately there isn’t an easy answer to this question. “Poop eating” is actually a normal behavior which more dogs than not partake in. “Poop eating” is medically known as copraphagia which is defined as the ingestion of feces.

To answer the question, dogs eat poop because it’s simply what they do. To keep them from participating in this gross behavior there is 1 and only 1 solution, pick up any feces in the yard and keep the litter box covered and out of reach. There are medications you may be aware of  that go in your dogs food to prevent feces ingestion, but it is important to remember that it won’t keep your dog from eating other animals feces! The way it works is the dog eats a meal with the medication in it and when the dog has a bowel movement the medication is in the feces. The medication possesses an unpalatable taste after passing through the dog’s gastrointestinal system and turns the dog off, essentially making the feces less attractive (as if it wasn’t already for us humans). However there is a catch, it won’t keep your dog from eating other dog’s feces, only the ones that are treated with the medication.

For the most part coprophagia is simply disgusting but it is important to know a couple of dangers of this behavior. When your dog ingests other animals feces it is impossible to know if that animal is healthy, so it is important that your pet have regular intestinal parasite screenings to keep them parasite and worm free. Copraphagia can also cause halitosis, vomiting and diarrhea. Ask your veterinarian for more information!

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