Why does my dog eat poo?

It’s pretty disgusting, but “coprophagia” is seen in lots of dogs!

CAUSES

  1. Coprophagia is very common- don’t worry!
  2. It sometimes is a normal life stage event e.g. inquisitive pups or post birth bitches.
  3. However, underlying medical or dietary problems can cause it- digestive enzyme problems, parasites and poor diet can cause it.
  4. It can also stem from underlying behavioural or environmental issues such as boredom, stress, curiosity and imitation
  5. Can be difficult to detrain if it’s a longstanding issue
  6. Puppy farms can produce dogs who have been hungry, forced to fight for food and had to live utterly bored in a cage of faeces. Coprophagia can be impossible to stop in these dogs.

HOW TO STOP IT

  1. Pick up the poop immediately
  2. Place cat litter boxes out of reach
  3. Improve the quality of their diet and add probiotics or even digestive enzymes to their food
  4. Keep them stimulated! Exercise and training can help ward this off
  5. Trial over the counter deterrents.
  6. Avoid punishing them and further causing stress!

Probiotics vs Prebiotics

  • Probiotics are live microorganisms that live in various parts of your dog’s body
  • Prebiotics are various types of preferred foods that nourish the probiotic bacteria and keep them active.
  • Good probiotics:
    • Live cultured dairy foods (yoghurt, kefir etc.), but remember not all dogs can stomach dairy
    • Pre-prepared supplements (expensive)
    • Raw goat’s milk
    • Green tripe
    • Let them play in the dirt- they’ll pick up useful micro-organisms this way
  • Good prebiotics:
    • Bananas
    • Green leafy veggies + other raw veg
    • Apples
    • Mushrooms (edible from supermarket)