Dog Eating Poop
There are questions that appear on the internet more than most. One of the most common queries about dogs on the internet involve dogs eating their poop. It is a behavior that concerns and grosses-out dogs parents all over the world. No matter what the breed, watching a dog eat what has just come of his or her body is gag-worthy. Watching a dog eat the waste of his friends and brethren is positively disgusting. This action has a name and the name is Coprophagia. Coprophagia is less an action and is actually classified as a condition.
Dogs eat their own feces or the feces of other animals are the technical definitions, and well, the bare facts. There are many reasons for Coprophagia. One of the most important and seemingly reasonable is the action which is performed by a mother dog. Her doing this is necessary for puppies to learn to defecate and helps keep the nest clean. It is thought among experts in Anthropology and dog behavior that this condition is directly linked to earliest times of the domestication of dogs.
Puppies also eat feces. At this time in history, none of the experts can pinpoint a reason for this among new dog babies. Some think it may be them trying to learn about their environment. Usually, they will just evolve out of this behavior by the age of six months. If your puppy is engaging in this activity, DO NOT rub his or her nose in the feces, and DO NOT physically punish your puppy. He or she is just doing what he or she thinks he or she is supposed to be doing. When you are training a puppy, it is your responsibility to keep your dog’s space clean and safe. Poop should always be picked up immediately if your dog suffers from this condition.
Coprophagia can be related to a medical condition. If a dog is starving, malnourished, or suffering from malabsorption, eating his or her own feces or the feces of other animals can be addressed through medical treatment. A dog whom is starving will eat anything in its path. A trip to the vet and a normal diet will be the ultimate solve. Dogs have taste in food, just like humans. Choose food that is safe and appetizing. Stay away from food made outside the USA as the regulations are not always adhered to and can be dangerous. A dog whom is not getting enough food or the wrong kind can also be treated by a trip to the vet and a adjustment of diet. A condition in which a dog’s body is not processing the food properly has to be diagnosed and addressed by a vet. There are many different reasons for malabsorption. They can not be guessed nor assumed by non-medical personnel. Setting up an appointment is the first step in getting your dog on the road to good health and good breath! If you can not afford treatment, reach out to your local animal shelter and they can direct you to a rescue or aid organization that will help get your dog treated.