12 Oct Why do dogs eat poop?
Why do dogs eat poop?
Coprophagia is a behavioural condition whereby puppies and dogs consume their stool. It is a common habit in some dogs which can be distressing for the pet owner and unhygienic for the pet. There is no specific reason why dogs eat their own poop but more than likely it is a habit they have developed whether thats exploring textures and smells, a learnt behaviour or attention seeking. Almost every dog in their lifetime will try poop but in some dogs it may become an obsessive behaviour. In some cases it can be a medical problem.
How do I stop my dog eating poop?
Coprophagia can be a hard habit to break. Below we will list a few steps to take break the habit.
- Join your dog on their bathroom breaks and clean up immediately after they go.
- Training your dog to leave it and rewarding them when they do.
- Feeding dogs little and often to prevent hunger
- Buying products that help deter your dog from eating poop
VetIQ Stool Repel tablets have been specially formulated to help deter this behaviour by making the dogs own stool unpalatable to eat.
VetIQ Stool Repel contains Oleoresin Capsicum, a lachrymatory agent, which deters a puppy or dog from eating its own stool by causing a mild irritation to the eyes and a mild burning sensation if the stool is eaten.
It also contains the enzyme, Alpha-Amylase which breaks down starches, improving the animal’s digestive performance.
Stool Repel functions within the intestine by making your dog’s stool less tasty, therefore, it will not deter dogs from eating other dogs stools.