Q&A with Dr. Erika Sullivan, Because Animal’s Chief Veterinary Officer.
Many of our customers have asked us how they can get their pups to stop eating poop. What advice do you have?
This is a common complaint and there are a few reasons we suspect dogs do it. The first being that it’s behavioural. Dogs do eat all kinds of gross-smelling stuff and sometimes poop smells like foods, so dogs eat it. The second is that it’s related to diet.
Behavioural causes seem more prominent in puppies and dogs with an increased tendency to eat or swallow almost anything. To curb the behaviour, there are powdered sachets you can add to your dogs’ food that will make the feces taste bitter, so that if they eat it, it tastes bad.
Picking up poop every time your dog toilets is another sure way to avoid the behaviour, and/or having them wear a basket-style muzzle when at off-leash dog parks, so there is no restriction in their mouth to pant and chew, but they can’t eat other dogs feces.
The other reason your dog may be eating its own or other dogs’ feces is dietary-related. From personal experience I find the dogs eating poor quality, highly-processed, carbohydrate-rich, cheap grocery store kibble tend to do it more often. These foods produce bulky stool that almost comes out smelling and looking like their food. And, bulkier feces usually tells you there is a lot of waste and not a lot of ingredients possibly being assimilated by the dog.