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WHY DOES MY DOG EAT POOP?
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Dogs eat feces because latent survival instinct prompts carnivores to seek certain nutrients in fecal matter but here is a simple FREE do-it-yourself cure used in human medicine…
First of all, The technical term for stool eating is coprophagy, which sounds like co-prof-a-gee. Secondly, forget all those youtube videos purported to “stop your dog from eating poop.” Most are just selling useless stuff. We didn’t find a single one that contained helpful, practical and doable information. Thirdly, until you change his diet, you might as well try to stop your dog from sniffing as attempt to stop him from eating feces!
One site suggested sprinkling a few drops of hot sauce on the pile. Indeed, that would be a strong discouragement, but you would have to be 100% consistent or your dog will just go to another stool that smells safe… As an aside, you may wonder why female dogs are more likely to eat poop. Simple. They are genetically programmed to do that in order to keep newborns and nest spotlessly clean.
Stool Eating Is Common In ii Carnivores
CA University professor Dr. Benjamin Hart cites a study wherein 1 out of 6 dogs were considered “serious” stool eaters and 1 of 4 dogs had been observed eating feces at least once. Of course, “outside” dogs are unlikely to be noticed indulging in coprophagy, i.e. eating stools.
All canids are programmed to gulp and gorge whatever food is available. (if you have a picky eater, see link below) The best thing you can do to prevent stool-eating is read on... Have you changed dog food brands within the last few weeks? If the answer is yes, then indeed, there may be some tantalizing, appetite-stimulating, scent-ingredient in the new dog food. Worse, it could be a primary missing ingredient that’s causing coprophagy. Cheap dog food is often deficient in critical digestive enzymes but laden with fillers no carnivore needs. Wheat, corn and soybeans, are a prime contributor to excessive gas which can lead to bloat.
It is worth noting that all carnivores literally stuff themselves on meat and it never causes bloat. That is reason enough to avoid grain-based dog food and stick to real meat. Especially in large or giant breeds, more meat means less risk of deadly gastric torsion. See the visual display links below.
If your dog occasionally eats poop it may simply be boredom or curiosity but regular consumption of feces strongly indicates that his dog food does not contain the probiotics all carnivores require. It the wild, carnivores get probiotics from the intestines of their prey. Obviously your dog eats from a bowl instead of a carcass so he may instinctively seek to maintain gut health by getting good bacteria from coprophagy.
In fairness to dog food manufacturers, they could hardly be expected to list poop as “fecal matter” on the label!
Fecal Probiotics Biology
Did you know that probiotics are so critical to our health that transplanting human fecal matter into patients is done by inserting fecal matter into a deficient colon through colonoscopy or endoscopy? Fecal Material Transplant, politely called FMT, is not new science. Medical practitioners found the answer to many digestive and immune system problems in ancient Chinese Medicine.
If you have undergone intensive or long-term antibiotic treatment…you can achieve the same FMT results through an enema containing a moderate amount of stool from a healthy (and cooperative) donor. The enema would work equally well with your dog provided you have a gut-healthy donor pet. In fact, some veterinarians are now performing the FMT procedure using donor dogs.
What causes loss of good intestinal bacteria? Has your dog been on an antibiotic regime? Often used in human and veterinary medicine are clindamycin, levofloxacin, (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and penicillin kill bacteria, good and bad.
While poop-eating is disgusting to us humans it is the dog’s instinctive way of restoring vital digestive organisms. There are products to stop poop-eating – I cannot resist pointing out the irony here, create a problem, then come up with a solution.
A less costly and healthier
(!) solution for poop eating is to add fresh meat, natural yogurt (contains the
good bacteria) and cooked veggies such as green beans and carrots.