My Dog Is Eating Poop!

Coprophagia is the name given to the dog’s act of eating feces.

The act of eating feces can be bad for your Golden Retriever’s health since feces are among the main sources of contamination of some diseases such as giardiasis and worms.

After evaluating your Golden Retriever by your trusted veterinarian, ruling out the possibility of nutritional deficiencies or problems with nutrient absorption, we can attribute the cause as behavioral.

Diet-related causes:

  • Diets with low or high levels of protein
  • Diets very high in carbohydrates and fiber
  • Insufficient diet

Due to Pathologies:

  • Presence of parasites (worms and/or protozoa)
  • malabsorption syndrome
  • chronic pancreatitis

Behavioral Causes:

  • Dogs that have given birth eat the feces of the puppies to keep the place clean
  • Anxiety, stress
  • Bored dogs
  • To get attention
  • To prevent the owner from punishing them when they relieve themselves in unauthorized places
  • Separation Anxiety – Dogs who are left alone for long periods
  • Confined dogs, especially in small spaces

To try to fix the problem, we must take some steps:

  • Offer only balanced and quality rations
  • For animals that eat Natural food, the menu must be prepared by a Nutritionist
  • Collect stool immediately after defecation without attracting your Golden Retriever’s attention

If your dog does his business in the wrong place, don’t scold him (negative reinforcement), but reward him when he uses the right place. Some dogs are afraid of being punished after defecating, and end up ingesting their own feces in order to get rid of them! We also recommend not collecting the feces in front of your Golden Retriever, many observe the act and take the side of trying to remove it in your absence, being the only way for them to ingest it.

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