Why Dogs Eat Poop? How to Stop?

Dog and Poop Connection 

Dogs and other animals in the canine family are associated with several repulsive habits such as drinking from the toilet, rolling in swamp muck, wiping their butts with their tongue, etc. 

Of all these habits, nothing seems more disgusting than dogs eating their poops. Poop eating is a top reason why dog owners try to rehome their dogs or perhaps opt for euthanasia 

Stool eating is irritating to humans (openly referred to as coprophagia), but it is common among dogs. Poop eating among dogs may be behavioral, or as a result of boredom, it may even be as a result of more complex health situations such as diabetes.

Why do Dogs Eat Poop? 

Medically, there are quite several reasons to be discussed on why a dog may be attracted to body waste. 

Medical Strong Points

  1. Deficiency of enzymes:

Dogs in the wild are naturally carnivorous, and they love to hunt. When they make a kill usually, they consume everything within the prey, which includes the guts (the guts contains the digestive enzymes the dog requires).

On the other hand, urban dogs are only exposed to highly processed diets devoid of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes are a vital component to any dog's digestive process.  And without them in the right proportion, food cant is absolved properly.

Even though dog naturally creates enzymes in their bodies; this is not enough to complete the process, so they poop out the nutrients undigested. Enzyme deficiency is what makes them start craving their feces because it is full of nutrients in the real sense.

  1. Exocrine Pancreatic:

Insufficiency may be another reason dogs eat their poop:

This condition is commonly referred to as pancreatic insufficiency.

Under this condition, the dog is creating little or no digestive enzyme, and this gradually leads to starving.

Other symptoms include weight loss, diarrhea, and of course, eating their stool. They are merely trying to get the much-needed nutrients. 

  1. Parasites may cause dogs to eat poops:

Intestinal parasites may be responsible for dogs eating poop. Parasite found in dogs may be depriving your dog of the much necessary nutrients, which invariably leads to your dog-craving poop. 

  1. Other conditions may be responsible for increased appetite:

Health conditions such as diabetes, malabsorption, and thyroid issues, as well as steroids, may e responsible for dogs eating their poop.

Behavioral Reasons

Apart from medical reasons for stool eating, dogs are influenced by behavioral factors as well. If you are sure the reason your dog craves stool is medical, then you can pay attention to these behavioral reasons as well.

  1. Cleanliness: 

Female dogs that are nursing mothers naturally will wipe her off strings poop with her mouth to keep them clean. This is natural and expected

  1. Puppies:

During the process of growth, puppies are naturally explorative. They get curious about things around them, and one of such is their excreta. They at times may decide to take a nibble at some feces. 

  1. Boredom:

Isn't it surprising to know that dogs get bored too? At moments of boredom, they can play with and even eat their excreta.

  1. Attention Seeking:

Dogs, when they feel neglected as well as bored, always desire the owner's attention. One of such ways to gain this attention is to get a poop treat.

They love to do this because they understand the desired nutrients and at the same time, gain the owner's attention. 

The reasons dogs love to eat poop are innumerable. The real question is, how exactly can you get your dog to stop this harmful habit? 

Here are quick tips that will help:

  1. Keep things clean, always.
  1. Keep your dog physically and mentally engaged 
  1. Make sure your dog is eating a raw, whole, and varied diet of quality proteins.
  1. Once you notice a trace of mineral deficiency, seek professional help on the kind of supplement to introduce.
  1. Make sure you check your dog's poop often for traces of parasites. 
  1. Avoid punishments, as this may be ineffective in the end. 
  1. Keep on top of the digestive situation of as many animals around for your dog not to be attracted to nearby animal's poop.

Final Notes:

Patience, consistency, attention supervision and engagements are great attributes that can be of help to dog owners in taking good care of their pets

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