Does your furry friend eat poop? If it does, then you must know that it is called Coprophagia. You must consult a vet in this case, and they will help determine if there is any medical condition.
Coprophagia is a scientific term to dogs’ habit of eating. It feels pretty upsetting and revolting to humans, but it is relatively common in dogs. You might see your puppy eating feces in the backyard, or from the litter box, or during walks. These are all symptoms of Coprophagia. There are many reasons, be it physical, behavioral, or medical reasons, for a dog to eat its feces.
As eating poop is a natural instinct in dogs, there are some normal situations where your dog eats poops such as;
Away from being a natural behavior, eating poops excessively could be a problem specially when adult dogs eating poop as a habit leading to serious health effects.
Dogs tend to eat poops abnormally for the following reasons;
These parasites feed on the dog’s macronutrients, and it is best to get it checked for intestinal parasites.
The dog’s pancreas fails to produce enough digestive enzymes in this condition. Thus, the food the dog ingests doesn’t break down. Also, the nutrients don’t get absorbed, leaving the dog starving.
The dog may also eat poop if you don’t feed it properly or if it is malnourished, malnourishment could also make the dog eat dirt. You must also note that prescription medications can make a dog feel pretty hungry, ending up eating poop.
Here are some behavioral reasons why a dog eats poop:
It is a little dangerous when a dog eats its feces. You should note that the bacteria and parasites from the poop can get transmitted to humans when they come in contact with the dog’s saliva or mouth. If you cannot stop your dog from eating its stool, you need to wash your hands every time you come in contact with the dog’s saliva or mouth.
It also becomes a problem when dogs eat the feces of another animal. They put themselves at risk for ingesting the intestinal parasites, eggs, and harmful bacteria that can make them ill. A terrible effect of a dog eating feces is the foul breath that comes after it. Dental care can prevent it, but you must consider consulting a veterinarian.
It will be best if you start with getting your dog checked up for medical problems. After that, it is time to address the dog’s behavior. Reversing poop-eating behavior is quite tricky because it is more of a self-rewarding behavior. Here are some advice and instructions for you to follow;