Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? Although Common Behavior, Here’s What to Do About It



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As gross as it may seem, it’s totally normal for our pooches to do this. However, there are times to be concerned about it—and put an end to it.

If we’re honest, our furry, four-legged best friends have some rather repulsive habits!

They roll in stinky stuff.

They drink from the toilet.

They sniff butts.

But why do dogs eat poop?

Sometimes a dog eats poop if he has an underlying health problem, such as diabetes or a parasitic infection such as coccidiosis. If this is the case, you may see additional symptoms such as diarrhea, excessive thirst, lethargy, and weight loss.

The smell is bad enough.

We dare not contemplate the taste.

Yet dogs find both the aroma and flavor tantalizing.

It’s totally natural for them to do it, says Lisa Radosta, DVM, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service.

She adds that dogs eating poop starts early as learned behavior.

Mamas clean their puppies by licking them (including their feces) to keep the den tidy.

Puppies eat their own droppings as part of exploring their world, or they see another dog do it and decide to try it themselves.

You might not want to think about coprophagia (pronounced cop-ruh-fay’-jee-uh—the scientific name for eating poop), but it’s worth learning more to figure out what you can do about it.

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