Dog Behavior Series 3 – Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

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Do you want to know the secret for getting your dog to stop eating poop? Keep reading to discover my top 3 tips to achieve this by gaining an understanding of your dog’s behavior.

Anyone familiar with dogs know they do strange things. While they all have their own unique personalities, there are some traits that are just outright disgusting. Eating poop is one of them. I think you will agree this subject is revolting, but it is a common problem that needs to be addressed because of the potential underlying medical issues associated with this behavior.

Why do dogs eat poop?

The act of eating poop, also known as coprophagia, is a common behavior among dogs. Most cases appear to be behavioral, but there are numerous medical problems that could be the cause for this behavior that must be ruled out before a behavioral diagnosis can be made. I recommend making an appointment with your vet to rule out any underlying medical reasons for your dog’s behavior. This article will provide you with enough information on the topic to communicate intelligently with your vet. Poop Donations

So what are the reasons why your dog eats poop? Let’s find out what they are and what you need to understand in order to eliminate the problem.

Let us start with medical issues that can cause this dog behavior.

 

  • One

 

Digestive enzyme or pancreatic deficiency. A dog’s pancreas secretes digestive enzymes to aid in the digestion of food but many dogs don’t make enough of these enzymes. Poop can be a good source of digestive enzymes. Dogs with a deficiency will sometimes ingest enzyme rich poop.

 

  • Two

 

Intestinal mal-absorption. This condition occurs when nutrients are not absorbed properly as a result of a poor diet, which also increases appetite. Cheap dry dog foods contain ingredients that are impossible to digest so they pass undigested. A change in diet to one that is more digestible, or one with different protein sources may be useful. Your Vet can help you with these dietary choices.

 


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