Why Dogs Eat Poo?

Poop-eating in dogs is actually more common than what most people think. If your dog is eating poo, it’s time to know why he engages in this yucky behavior so steps can be taken to stop it.  Coprophagia is the technical term for the canine behavior of eating feces, whether it’s theirs or that of another animal. Most puppies with coprophagia tend to outgrow the behavior as they get older. There are several theories forwarded by experts to explain why dogs eat feces. It may be because dogs enjoy the taste of poo or it may be brought about by the scavenging instincts of dogs. It could also be a dog’s way of recycling nutrients that are present in feces, like undigested fat and protein. It may also be a behavior that they learn from watching their mother eating their poo while they were still very little and still depending on their mother’s milk for sustenance. Talk to your Plano, TX veterinarian if you have concerns about your pet’s health and/or behavior. Schedule an appointment today!


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