Feb 10 2015

My pet is eating poop, gross!

CoprophagiaPoopsicles!

Have you ever caught your pet eating their stool or the stool of another pet? I recently read a couple of articles on the subject, and why pets have this off-putting habit, also known as coprophagia, is still not exactly known. Here are some common explanations:

  • One explanation relates to a nutritional deficiency. For example, fresh poop might contain food residue and beneficial bacteria, basically a prebiotic, your pet may need. Interestingly, dried out poops lack these benefits.
  • Another reason for stool eating is purely behavioural – particularly this time of year your pet may enjoy the hard and crunchy texture.
  • There are numerous medical conditions that can also contribute to stool eating.

Your dog’s stool eating can pose a threat to household members. Think about it – their tongue is their toilet paper!

So, if you notice your pet partaking in a poopsicle, speak to your veterinarian about this “stinky” habit.

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