Why Do Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop it?

There are many reasons why dogs eat poop, and we realize how annoying it may be for dog owners. So, let's talk about all the major reasons why dogs ingest poop/feces and how we may prevent this.

Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Here are all the major reasons for canine poop eating behavior:

  • It is a sign/symptom of some disease or condition: Dogs start eating their poop in some diseases or conditions. the most common among them is Pica. Pica is a disorder that causes dogs to consume non-food materials such as hair, drywall, dust and stones, paper, poop, and other such items.
  • It's pups' natural behavior at an early age:During the first 3-4 weeks of lactation, it is typical for mother dogs to consume the poop of their puppies, which protects the puppies and helps keep their surroundings clean for them. Puppies have a strong oral fixation and may consume their own poop. 
  • Dogs with Intestinal Parasites: It is normal for dogs to consume dirt or other objects that should not be digested when playing outside. Unfortunately, every time these dogs go for a walk, they are exposed to harmful parasites such as stomach worms. If your dog has parasites in his or her system, this might explain why he or she is attempting to gain extra nourishment by eating their own feces.
  • Boredom or isolation: Puppies and dogs who are left alone for extended periods of time are more likely to inspect, play with, and consume feces.
  • Behavioral issue and attention-seeking:Playing with or eating poop frequently draws a lot of attention from the parent, which may serve to reinforce the habit.
  • Nutritional deficits:Another reason is that dogs who consume poop attempt to compensate for an enzyme or vitamin shortage.
  • Enjoy the taste: It's possible that your dog just enjoys the scent and taste of poop.

Is It Possible to Stop Your Dog From Eating Poop?

Yes, it is possible, and you may attempt to stop your dog from eating excrement once you've determined if the behavior is due to medical or behavioral issues.

Here is how you can do it!

  • Maintain Your Dog's Activity and Stimulation

Boredom may be avoided by engaging in regular physical and mental activity. Playing games, providing toys, participating in agility or other sports, and keeping your dog's brain and body busy and engaged are all excellent methods to keep your dog happy and healthy. This is especially true for working breed dogs, which require a lot of stimulation to remain happy.

  • Feed Your Pet A Healthy Diet

Provide your dog with a well-balanced, whole-food meal to ensure that they receive the nourishment they require. Pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes should be included to ensure that he receives the maximum benefit from his meal.

  • Cleanliness Should Be Emphasized

If your poop-eating dog lives with other pet companions, be sure to clean up any poop as soon as it occurs. Maintain the cleanliness of your pet's litter box as well. This will reduce the likelihood of poop-eating possibilities.

Don't Make a Big Deal Out of Poop

Punishing your canine pal for eating poop is ineffective. Don't make a big deal about him consuming feces. Take care of your dog's digestive system and ensure that he receives enough exercise and mental stimulation.

Dr Sadia, DMV

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