Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

By Hungry Bark | July 15, 2020

Lots of studies have been done to find out the answer to this long asked question.  It’s actually been given a scientific name, Coprophagia, eating poop.  Unfortunately, studies that have been done contain lots of different answers and solutions. Some suggest dogs eat poop from boredom, some suggest specific breeds are more prone to eat poop, like the Shetland Sheepdog, while the Poodle wouldn’t even think of it. Some Veterinarians believe that some dogs may be missing an important digestive enzyme and by adding this to the diet it would be beneficial. Others think Coprophagia can stem from behavioral and environmental issues, or an underlying medical problem or dietary deficiency can cause a dog to eat poop. If the dog has an enzyme deficiency, over time, he can eventually start to eat his own stools to absorb more nutrients. By feeding your dog a diet which contains good proteins, probiotics and supplemental digestive enzymes, you can sometimes curb this behavior. If your dog continues to eat poop, it’s a good idea to take a trip to the Vet, to rule out any underlying health conditions like parasites. There are lots of deterrents out there to stop your dog from this gross behavior, only studies show that not many work. Picking up your dog’s poop before he can get to it may curb this bad habit.


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