Yuck! Why Does My Dog Keep Eating Poop?

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What does coprophagia mean?

The majority of causes of coprophagia are behavioral; however, some medical conditions might contribute.

Why do dogs eat poop?

Lots of unwanted dog behavior can stem from boredom.

If your dog isn't getting enough calories, or perhaps they don't feel full, they're more likely to scavenge other things to eat.

Over the years, a popular theory behind coprophagia is that dogs do it to gain the vitamins or minerals they need. 

How can you stop your dog from eating poop?

Even though medical causes of dogs eating poop are not as common as behavioral, it’s still a good idea to get an appointment for a check-up with your vet.



Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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