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What to Do When Dogs Eat Poop

Our dogs can get really weird. They chase their tails, sniff other pets' butts, and even shower us with saliva! And if there is one thing that disturbs pet parents the most? It is when dogs eat poop!

It's weird, it's unappetizing and totally disgusting! But relax and calm down, it can be stopped.


"Coprophagia is the fancy way of scientists naming your dog's habit of eating his poop."

Coprophagia is the fancy way of scientists naming your dog's habit of eating his poop.

Now, why do dogs eat their poop?

In most studies conducted, it goes to show that this habit is actually behavioral and there is absolutely nothing to worry about.

But there are medical concerns that must be addressed first before deciding on how to solve this disgusting habit.

A puppy's love for poop

The biggest reason why your puppy eats his poop is because he probably learned it from his mother. A mother dog eats her puppies' poop for two reasons. One, for cleanliness. Two, protection from other animals because the scent of poop makes it so easy for other animals to locate her litter.

Your puppy must've learned it from his mother. As a responsible pet parent, it is up to you to clean your pup's mess immediately before he'll have the chance of eating it. By doing so, this will persuade him not to do it and he will eventually grow out of it.

An adult dog's love for poop

If you have an adult dog who suddenly eats poop, it may or may not be a sign that something is wrong but consider the following cases for possible medical concerns: Your dog has never been a poop-eater before but suddenly becomes one and shows other symptoms of illness like pale or swollen gums, unusual tiredness and fever or; your dog has never been a poop-eater but suddenly grows a strong interest in eating other dog's poop.


The following health issues can possibly be causing Coprophagia in your dog:


Poor diet.

An improper and poor diet of your dog can be causing his love to eat his own poop.This is because your dog's poop may contain a large amount of undigested kibble or dog food, it will smell quite good compared to the smell of regular poop.

Underfeeding and malnutrition.

A hungry dog has an increased appetite because he isn't getting all the food & nutrients he needs and an increased appetite means he'll eat whatever he thinks is consumable.

Enzyme deficiencies. Your dog's body can suddenly quit producing the exact quantity or kinds of digestive enzymes required to absorb and digest nutrients. This is caused by inflammation and issues in the pancreas. This, in effect, causes an increase in appetite and yes, poop eating.

Parasites. Worms in your dog's digestive system will consume the nutrients that are meant to be for your dog. Your dog won't be getting the right nutrition he needs and will increase his hunger.

Now if you had your dog checked and he's totally fine, a dog eating poop may be due to stress, boredom, and for your attention.


  • Provide a healthy, balanced, and easy-to-digest diet
  • To avoid boredom and stress, give your dog enough time to play and exercise
  • Always be mindful and constant in cleaning your dog's poop before he eats it
  • If cleaning after your dog poops is hard work, have him wear washable dog diapers. Unlike the disposable ones, washable dog diapers cannot be easily shredded off or torn apart thus preventing your dog from eating his poop!

Your dog's habit of eating his poop can be very disgusting and disturbing, that's why it is always best to check with your vet for proper assessment of your dog's health and behavior.

"Now if you had your dog checked and he's totally fine, a dog eating poop may be due to stress, boredom, and for your attention."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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