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Why does my dog eat cat poop?

asked 2017-01-06 14:35:08 -0500

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answered 2017-01-07 10:19:36 -0500

It looks like there are many reasons why a dog might eat stool, here is some information I found:

Some veterinary nutritionists have suggested that dogs eat stool to replenish enzymes so that they are better prepared to digest their food.

If your dog eats stool, you should make sure it’s not because of a health issue. Some dogs will start eating feces when they aren’t absorbing enough nutrients, they have parasites, or they have issues with their pancreas.

If you clean up after your dog while he looks on, he may misunderstand your intent and try to copy your actions in some fashion by “picking up after himself”. Your dog might also see other dogs eating it and learn the behavior from them.

In many cases, a dog’s behavior can be linked directly to the owner’s behavior. Many dogs will eat stool simply for the attention that they get from their owner.

If possible, remove the opportunity by hiding the litter box, or using a covered litter box. They also make a products sold at some pet stores that you can mix with your cats food that will make their "stool taste disgusting, even to dogs".

This website might help answer your questions: http://www.dogpoopdiet.com/why-dogs-eat-poop/ (http://www.dogpoopdiet.com/why-dogs-e...)

I hope this is helpful! :) -Summer

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