Coprophagia is the consumption of feces. It is a very common habit among dogs and one that can potentially result in serious health issues.

Coprophagia is most commonly seen in puppies, who may eat feces as a way to sample the scent of their mother (dogs use scents from other animals to learn about their environment). The behavior usually disappears after a few months as the puppy matures and gains more control over its bowels.

However, coprophagia can also be an issue for older dogs if they have a medical condition or are bored or anxious.

Causes of Coprophagia

The most common cause of coprophagia in puppies is that they mistake the feces for food. This is especially true if their mother was not raised with them and they haven’t been exposed to her scent yet. Puppies are also naturally curious creatures and will often ingest small amounts of feces to see what it tastes like — much like kittens do when they play with their littermates’ feces.

But puppies aren’t the only ones who get into this habit; some adult dogs will eat their own poop after eating something toxic or having loose stools (a condition known as diarrhea).

Published by AmberLDrake

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