Dog Health & Care

Reasons Why Dogs Eat Poop

The reasons why dogs eat poop varies, depending on the dog. Dog poop is a distasteful subject to a lot of people, not understanding that it signifies a lot about the dog’s health, what kind of dog worms it has or the dog’s emotional shape.  Checking out any disease, you do not have to drag piles of dog poop into the vet’s office to have the dog checked out. A small amount will do placed under the microscope, in order to rule out blood sucking worms and/or some form of dog disease.

According to the American Kennel Club, the reasons why dogs eat poop fits right in with dogs drinking out of the toilet or licking their butts right before giving you a huge kiss. These are the main reasons why many dogs are de-homed or euthanized. When dogs eat their poop, it is scientifically referred to as coprophagia (kop-ruh-fey-jee-uh). This word describes both behavioral and physiologic reasons why some dogs think their feces is a delicacy, one of the major reasons why dogs eat poop.

reasons why dogs eat poop

What many people do not understand is that dogs of today have evolved as scavengers. They may be considered modern dogs of today but their instincts still go back to their early days. Also, mothers keep their dens or cages clean from puppy poop by eating all the feces. This is a monkey-see-monkey-do situation… for dogs. This is a normal thing for rabbits to do, in order to maintain primary nutrients. Deprived of this will cause rabbits to develop health issues; dogs to not get their nutrients this way.

A few reasons why dogs eat poop

  • It could be a sign of diabetes
  • The dog could be over stressed
  • Dogs who are kept in long-term crating and underfed, such as puppy mills
  • The dog could be overly bored
  • Enzymes are not created in the dog’s body adequately, called Enzyme Deficiency
  • Enzymes are not created in the pancreas adequately,  called Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)
  • Internal parasites
  • Increased appetite from diabetes, steroid or thyroid issues
  • Bad diets causing lack of nutrition
  • Poor nutrient absorption, called malabsorption
  • Feeding improper amounts, causing underfeeding
  • Trace mineral deficiency, can be supplemented with kelp in the diet

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  1. April 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Sugar-free pineapple bits in a single serving cup with their food, as stop this habit. It makes “poop” taste BAD, after its being digested and poop out! It has worked great for my dogs!

    Good idea!!

    • April 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm — Reply

      That is an excellent idea, and so natural! Thank you for the advice, Zima.


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