Coprophagia: My Dog Eats Poop!

You've just caught your dog eating feces. Why did she do that?! There are a variety of reasons why a dog might eat feces, including:

  • Inappropriate diet, such as feeding puppy food to an adult dog;
  • Lack of free access to water;
  • Eating excess food;
  • Boredom.

Coprophagia is a health problem, not just for the dog, but for the entire family! A dog eating feces is at increased risk for harboring intestinal parasites. Commonly called worms, these parasites can be "caught" by people!

A physical examination of your dog, along with examination of your dog's feces can help find out why your dog is eating it. Our veterinarians can help you find a more appropriate diet for your dog and show you the correct amount for optimum health and digestion. In addition, we sell a product over-the-counter that, along with other changes, can significantly reduce or stop your dog's habit.

It is important to do something now to stop your dog's coprophagia. Delaying will make this behavior more difficult to stop!

In addition to veterinary care to address underlying problems and prevent parasite problems, and food additives to discourage the behavior, these additional changes help reduce coprophagia:

  • Clean your yard of feces. Continue to pick up after your dog everyday.
  • Walk your dog on-leash to form correct elimination habits.
  • If you have cats, block access to litterboxes.
  • Use your dog's basic obedience training to teach him to "leave it."
  • Play with your dog to train and exercise her.

Posted on March 13, 2011 >> Article Archive