Why do dogs eat fecus?

My rescue dogs eat fecus. Why do they do this and can it make them sick?

Asked by Member 802177 on Jun 2nd 2009 in Other Behavior & Training
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The best solution to stool eating, coprophagy, is cleaning them up before the dog has a chance. You can try food additives, the home remedies pineapple juice or canned pumpkin or the commercial products Forbid or Deter.

Why dogs do it is poorly understood. It may be diet related, but changing the dog's diet might cause worse problems. Whatever problems it causes for the owner, it doesn't seem to hurt the dog unless you are trying to clear up a worm infestation.

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Aster answered on 6/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


What are you feeding the dog? Sometimes, they'll do this if their food is not meeting their nutrient needs.

Member 836390 answered on 6/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I have been told and heard on some shows on tv that if a dog eats too fast the food doesn't have a chance to digest properly and it is appealing to the dogs because the poop has undigested food in it. and i have seen people feed the dogs some pineapple chunck along with their food but haven't had the need to try so i don't know if it works or not , sorry.

SO-LOW answered on 6/2/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Hi there,

I have a friend who rescues dogs, and she says that dogs from puppy mills often eat their own and others' feces. The poor mother dog is usually caged with her litter 24/7 (an abusive situation, as mother dogs need to be able to get away periodically), and she will often try to tidy up the tiny space by eating her puppies' poop. The puppies observe and repeat this behavior.

Puppies often have potty-training issues after they come home from a backyard breeder or pet store. They are so used to sleeping and playing in their own filth, that they don't understand why humans get upset by it.

I know a working service dog who started eating dog feces when her master, a 14-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair, went into the hospital for spinal surgery. She was allowed to accompany him at the hospital, but he was in pain and didn't want her on the bed. She became depressed and distressed, and when they came home, she started eating feces.

So, who knows why, really... hope this helps!

Katie answered on 6/3/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer