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Why do dogs eat poop? by Noel Ireland





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Dogs eating poop, also known as coprophagia, is a common behavior among canines. While it may be distasteful to us humans, it is a natural instinct for dogs. However, there are several reasons why dogs may engage in this behavior.

One reason is that dogs are scavengers by nature. In the wild, dogs would eat anything they could find to survive, including feces. This behavior is still present in domestic dogs, and they may instinctively eat feces as a way to obtain nutrients that they may be lacking in their diet.

Another reason is that dogs have a strong sense of smell. They can detect scents that are not perceptible to humans, and feces may be appealing to them due to the presence of undigested food particles. This is especially true for puppies, as they are still learning about their environment and may be curious about new smells.

Dogs may also eat feces as a way to clean up their environment. This is especially true for mother dogs, who may eat their puppies' feces to keep their den clean and reduce the risk of predators detecting their presence.

In some cases, coprophagia may be a sign of a medical issue. Dogs with certain digestive disorders, such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), may eat feces as a way to obtain enzymes that they are not producing enough of on their own. Additionally, dogs with intestinal worms may eat feces as a way to obtain the nutrients they need to survive.

It's also possible that coprophagia is a behavioral issue. Some dogs may eat feces as a way to cope with stress or boredom. This is especially true for dogs that are kept in kennels or left alone for long periods of time.

To prevent coprophagia, it is important to provide your dog with a well-balanced diet and to make sure they are getting all the nutrients they need. It's also a good idea to pick up feces in your yard and keep your dog's living area clean. If you suspect that your dog's coprophagia is caused by a medical issue, it is important to consult with your veterinarian. If it's a behavioral issue, consulting with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist may be helpful.

In conclusion, coprophagia is a common behavior among dogs. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including instinct, lack of nutrients, medical issues, and boredom. While it may be distasteful to us humans, it is important to understand the reasons behind this behavior and to take steps to prevent it. By providing your dog with a well-balanced diet and proper care, you can help to ensure that they lead a happy and healthy life.

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