Why do dogs eat their poop?
Many people believe nutritional deficiency is the only factor which causes dogs to eat their poop. However, there are a large number of reasons – medical causes as well as behavioral intentions. Often puppy owners specifically will see this first hand; many dogs will even eat other dog’s excrement.
Dogs are just like humans in the sense that both host a variety of microorganisms in their gut. The balance of microorganisms in dog’s stomachs are known as the microbiome, which is critically important to their health. Your dog can eat only the best grain-free food and still fall victim to doggy stress, mimicking others, or many behaviors or medical reasons listed below.
Dog’s can eat their poop for as simple of a reason as attention seeking, or they can also be eating stool for as complicated of an issue as having dog pancreatitis or dog diabetes.
Fun Facts About Dogs Eating Poop
Remember the study from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior? Here are some interesting facts they determined in the surveys.
The first survey included 3,000 dog parents, the second survey was narrowed down to just those dogs from the first survey that ate poop.
And this is what they found:
|FUN FACTS ABOUT POOP EATERS|
|There’s no evidence that related coprophagy to diet or age.|
|Coprophagic dogs were likely to be described as aggressive or eager eaters.|
|Ease of house-training was not related to eating poop.|
|Females were more likely to eat poop. Intact males were the least likely to eat poop.|
|85% of poop eaters don’t eat their own poop.|
|Dogs overwhelmingly preferred feces that were under two days old. (This may be because of the parasites present. Eggs are killed in the digestive system, once hatched, they’re able to take up residence in the intestines.)|
|Home remedies and commercial products aimed at making poop taste bad or aversion/deterrent products were NOT effective in controlling the behavior.|
|Some breeds are more prone to coprophagia than others, with terriers and hounds being most likely and poodles least likely.|
|Coprophagia is more common in multi-dog households.|
How can you stop a dog from eating poop?
There are some common household products out there that claim to help stop poop consumption. They rarely work, and actually just eliminate the symptoms, not the underlying behavioral reasons. Here are some that you may have heard of and why they aren’t a good idea.
Pineapple: Contains bromelain believed to make the poop bitter. Pineapple is a wonderful treat for your dog but may send mixed messages if you don’t want them eating poop.
Chili or hot sauce: The bitter taste may not be pleasant to your dog, causing them to avoid or turn down the tasty poop nugget, but it could cause burns to the mouth or digestive upset.
Yucca: Makes poop taste bitter and dogs rarely like it.
Bitter Spray: Again, makes the poop taste bitter
Brewers Yeast: High salt content and full of vitamin B, and makes the poop taste bitter. There’s a belief that dogs that eat poop lack vitamin B, so if that’s what you’re after, there are better ways of providing it.
Meat Tenderizer: Many add it to their dog’s food to stop poop eating. However, it contains way too much salt for your canine. It contains bromelain as well, making the poop taste bitter.
How much pumpkin do I give my dog to stop eating poop?
How much pineapple should I give my dog to stop eating poop?
What to put on poop to stop dog from eating it?
- Coat stools with hot sauce or lemon juice. Add a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin to his food bowl each day. …
- Add meat tenderizer to your dog’s food (it will make the dog waste taste VERY bad).
- Keep waste picked up on a regular basis.