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Annie's Shenanigans

Discussing the Disgusting

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Hanging around the veterinary clinic, I get to hear a lot of the common questions asked by pet owners. I wanted to take the time over the next few weeks to answer your questions for the public to learn from too.

Common Question of the Week: Why does my dog eat poop and how can I stop it??

I'm not going to lie. I LOVE POOP! Cat fecal matter is my specialty, especially the ones that are fresh and tasty, but I digress...this is a common habit, and only a habit. 

Many people are afraid this means their dog is lacking an essential nutrient from their diet, but this is likely not the cause. It is true that a very small percentage of dogs can develop coprophagia, or eating stool, from medical issues such as a poor nutrition, but most case are behavioral.

Most pets enjoy eating feces, sometimes out of boredom, sometimes because we have a big appetite, and sometimes we just like the disgusted reaction on your face. Some dogs will eat their own feces when scolded during potty training to hide the evidence. 

The easiest way to solve this problem is to pick up your pets poop after they defecate outside, keep the litter box in an unattainable place to everyone but the cat, perhaps by elevating it or using baby gates. 

Another option is to seek help from a behavioral dog trainer. One tip I often hear is to train your pet after eliminating to come to you and sit for a treat. They will then focus on coming for treats instead of scavenging the area for other sources of "cookies". 

And last but not least, another option is to try some over the counter products to add to your pets food to make the poop even more less tasty than you humans think it already is...but that is not a guarantee. 

The biggest concern that can come from eating the stinky's is intestinal parasite contamination from unknown pets. If your pet is a big stool eater consider having them tested for parasites regularly.

Hope this helps battle your frustrations, although if I had my way I would choose those yummy cat snacks any day of the week


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