why does my dog eat their poop
At DoodyCalls, we spend a lot of time with our dogs. In fact, our dog RustyБwho looks a whole lot like our mascot DoodleБsleeps right next to me at night. Although hard to wake up in the morning, once heБs up he says hello with a good morning kiss and quickly gets ready to go to work. There was a time when the thought of getting a kiss from Rusty would not have been a good thing. Rusty is a rescue dog and shortly after adopting him, we discovered that he ate his own poop! Fortunately, he no longer does this, and his kisses are a whole lot more pleasant. When we adopted Rusty, he had a terrible case of intestinal worms and joining a new family must have been pretty stressful for him. It took some time, but he recovered from the worms and after he grew used to his new home, he stopped his poop eating escapades. Dog poop eating is GROSS, but not necessarily detrimental to your dogБs health, and it can generally be stopped.
Sometimes Coprophagia (when your dog eats his poop), can be an indication of more serious problems though, and you should have your pal checked out by a vet. We discuss two of the more common reasons dogs eat their own waste below. To learn more about why your dog may be eating his own poop, visit the
entry. Problem: lack of nutrients in his diet Dogs that have parasites or worms do not digest food properly, because the parasites consume many of the nutrients. Dogs may try to re-digest the food to get all of the nutrients they can from it. Solution: Have your dog tested for worms. Problem: Stress: When dogs are in high stress situations they may behave differently. These differences include eating, which includes eating their own waste. Solution: Did you just adopt your dog? If so, give him some time to adjust! Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. By making your dogБs poop taste really, really bad, the following products will deter your dog from eating his own waste.
Coat stools with hot sauce or lemon juice. Add a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin to his food bowl each day. Pumpkin tastes good in food, but disgusting in dog poop. Add meat tenderizer to your dogБs food (it will make the dog waste taste VERY bad). Keep waste picked up on a regular basis. If you donБt want to do it yourself, call Resources Feed our dog a healthy and balanced diet. This will keep a dog's digestive system healthy and provide him with all the nutrients that his body needs. An easy way to provide our dog with a balanced diet is through high-quality kibble. Make sure the kibble has good protein sources that are from meat, rather than from grains, which are more difficult for our dogs to digest. Stay away from kibble that contains gluten (e. g. wheat gluten).
Compared to meat protein, gluten is. Keep a consistent feeding schedule and supervise their poop time. A consistent eating schedule will also keep a dog's stool regular. This makes it easier to supervise, and prevent our dog from eating his own poop. Scheduled feedings will also help to prevent overeating and obesity issues down the road. Exercise your dog and keep him busy. Play fun games with your dog, walk him regularly and do frequent obedience training sessions. A well-exercised dog is better-behaved at home, and less likely to eat poop out of boredom. Keep the environment clean. If there is no free poop lying about then our dog cannot engage in opportunistic stool eating. Reduce stress. Try to reduce our own stress and keep our dog relaxed. When we are calm, our dog will have an easier time staying calm as well. This results in a better quality of life for everyone and will stop stool eating behavior that results from stress.
Teach your dog the "Leave-It" command. " Leave it! " helps us communicate to our dog what is acceptable to eat, and what is not. Poop is unacceptable to eat, as are some such as oleander, and some, such as onions and chocolates, which are poisonous to our dogs. Make the poop taste bad. One of the most common ways to stop stool eating is to make the poop taste bad to our dogs. Adding meat tenderizer to dog food is one way to do this. Canned pumpkin, spinach, and pineapple juice may work as well. However, this only works when we have full control of the environment. In addition, it only targets the symptoms of poop eating, rather than addressing the issue at its source. (Note: Consult the vet first before adding any of these to your dog's food. Adding too much may be bad for a dog and cause digestive issues. A dog may also be allergic to some of these ingredients. )
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