Please Don’t Eat The Poop
Coprophagia is a condition in which dogs eat their own feces or the feces of other animals. Although this activity is considered normal behavior among dogs, it does not make it any less disgusting to watch! This problem is not Dachshund specific, but they, like any other breed, can exhibit such behavior.
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 to be directly linked to earliest times of the domestication of dogs.
Puppies also eat feces. The reasons are unknown. Some think it may be them trying to learn about their environment. Nonetheless, they usually outgrown these 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.
Coprohagia 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. Obviously, 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. 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!