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Dog Facts

Do dogs eat their own poop?

Dog PoopWell, in some cases they do eat their own poop.
This happens more with puppies than with adult dogs.
Maybe because feces still contains minerals and other nutrients. They can consume feces out of boredom, loneliness, anxiety or stress. For example, a dog in a small space (like in a kennel or chained) may eat his feces to occupy himself or to keep his space clean. With these dogs you need to play or exercise several times a day. There are also other reasons like internal parasite, because the parasites can leach nutrients from the host animal’s system. These dogs feel hungry most of the time. Sometimes, natural instinct that mother dog feel will make her to eat the feces of her pups to hide evidence of her offspring from predators.

More on this topic can be found under the technical term Coprophagia (Eating Feces).