Is it ok for dogs to eat deer poop?
In short, not really. Dogs eating deer poop can be quite dangerous and comes with some health risks. If you read on, you can see the reasons why dogs like eating deer poop, then I will detail dangers associated with this peculiar habit
And finally, tips on how to prevent your dog from eating poop, and what to do if they do manage to steal a bite when you turn your back.
The opening of this article probably made you squirm a bit. I apologize. The reason I painted a picture like that is to remove the judgment from the whole sordid topic and laugh about it a little. “Coprophagia” (that’s the fancy name for eating poop) is extremely common in dogs.
In fact, the American Kennel Club cites a study that showed 24% of the dogs in the sample ate poop at least once (view source).
If we multiply that to the dog population as a whole, that is a quarter of all dogs that have once had a nibble on their own dung or that of other species – such as deer poop/
So, let’s set the stigma aside for a moment and think about the reasoning behind it. I joked that poop could just be delicious and – who knows – I could be right.
Most scientists believe that dogs eat the excrement of other animals because they contain nutrients. Like most things in life, blame it on evolution.
That may be the origins of this strange habit, but there are also specific behavioral and psychological factors at play.
They are lacking in nutrients
Dogs are clever beings, so when they are lacking in nutrition, they seek it from other sources. Their ancestral past shows that deer poop could contain something they are deficient in.
This innate draw to eating poop for these reasons are generally because of extreme hunger, parasites in their intestines, diabetes, Cushing’s disease, or some other source of malnutrition.
They learned it from other dogs in your household
Yes, your other dogs’ may be the culprits here! According to the American Kennel Club, eating stools is a more common behavior in dogs from multi-dog households.
If they have seen other dogs do it and get away with it, they may also start snacking in this peculiar way.
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