Author: admin, 19.11.2013According to the ASPCA, the motivations your dog may have for eating its own feces include perfectly natural doggie instincts, but may also indicate some form of malnourishment.
In a state of nature, dog parents would often eat the feces of their young to keep their nest clean and prevent predators from being alerted by the smell. Another reason may be that in the absence of food, dogs ate their poop for the minimal nutritional value it offered. While you may never have tried to kill time by eating out of the toilet, your dog doesn’t have a smartphone or an Xbox to keep herself busy. Coprophagia can be one of the compulsions triggered by anxiety if your pup suffers from it, not unlike compulsive chewing.
If the dog has been rebuked for pooping in specific places, then they may conclude that it is necessary to dispose of the evidence. I’ve heard that canine mothers will eat their puppy’s poop to keep the litter safe by hiding their scent. While Rodrigo was going through his gastrointestinal issues (gas, diarrhea, anal gland issues, loud stomach gurgling) I saw him taking a second look at his poop.
There are more health reasons that lead to a dog eating poop: pancreatic insufficiency, intestinal malabsorption and gastrointestinal parasites. And then there is lack of food or fear of punishment from owners, but that isn’t what we’re experiencing with our dog.
Luckily this has never been an issue with Haley, but she does like finding rabbit treats in the yard. Our vet assured us that the rabbit poop was chalk full of enzymes and great for our dogs so now I just let them dine out. Sometimes they will stop with the help of one of the many food supplements you can mix with their food, sometimes they won’t. Take the dog to your veterinarian for an examination for underlying medical and health problems, parasites and other problems that may be compelling him to eat feces. Your veterinarian will run medical tests to determine if your dog is suffering from any of the diseases or medical conditions that cause some dogs to eat poop.
It’s important to make sure your dog never ingests the feces of dogs that are strangers. Moms will also eat the feces of their puppies, so puppies may copy this behavior and keep doing it out of habit and curiosity.
The surest way to avoid your dog eating poop is the watch your dog when she is outside and clean up after her every time she goes #2.
Many experts believe that the products on the market that claim to discourage your dog from eating poop don’t actually work.
You can also use the aid of a training collar to associate the bad behavior with a correction. Though our pups tend to be domesticated and housebroken, they still have the mentality that they live in the wild. This is likely the result of being fed too much people food, enriching the feces with the residual scents and flavors of human cuisine.
I’ve read that rabbit poop is a cornucopia of digestive enzymes and vitamin B, which explains why our dogs are dining on the droppings whenever they find them in our yard.
Our vet said the same thing, that rabbit poop is actually not bad for your dog if they eat it.
It seems like a natural thing in my opinion but you are absolutely right, we can prevent it by doing things like cleaning up there mess asap etc. Step 1 if your dog is eating poop is to take her to the vet for tests to make sure she is healthy.
The ASPCA suggests finding a quality pet supply store and looks for premium brands with human-grade ingredients. Our dog Jem will follow Zoey or other dogs around the yard waiting for them to go potty so she can get her stinky snack at it’s freshest.
You don’t know if these other dogs are receiving the vaccinations and preventative care that is required to prevent the spread of diseases. This isn’t always realistic for everyone to find the time and means to clean up after your dog every time.
There are liquids and powders to add to your dog’s food that claim to make the poop taste bad to the dog and keep him from eating it.
We want to correct our dogs’ bad behavior, never punish them in a nonconstructive way. I have friends that will put yogurt in their dog’s food for all kinds of reasons, and they love it! I don’t think Rodrigo has started eating his poop, but I’ve started going outside with him with a flashlight and poo bags to pick up his poop. Popular opinion is that these are not healthy to use long-term and don’t actually work.
You’ll have to give your dog a correction every time he tries to eat the poop consistently for a few weeks until he avoids the poop completely. If your dog is eating poop, never resort to rubbing her face in it to get her to stop. Communicate with your dog in a way that she will understand the cause and effect of her behavior. They may be unable to digest the nutrients the first go-around and eat the partially-digested particles in the poop to meet their nutritional needs. Some people have successfully discouraged their dog from eating poop by adding certain human foods to the dog’s food. Pineapple or foods with sulfur such as brussels sprouts or cabbage will discourage the dog from eating his poop.
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