It might be the most baffling of all habits. And the most stomach churning.
But when you hear the real reason why dogs eat poo it’ll almost starts to make sense. Almost!
Here’s what it is…
No matter whether your mate is an occasional consumer or a true connoisseur, eating poo isn’t the most pleasant part of dog life! Not to mention the fact it puts them on a black-list for kisses for the next day at least. But if you dig into it, the answer might land as being surprisingly logical… Honestly!
So there are actually two main reasons for a bit of PE (poo-eating)…or coprophagy. But hey…let’s stick with PE for now…
REASON #1. The copycat Age most likely: Younger than one year
Watch a litter of puppies and their poos have barely hit the ground before their mum has quite literally gobbled them up. She wants to not only keep them clean but also ensure their ‘business’ doesn’t attract predators and parasites. Pups see this and consider it completely normal.
So when they go to their homes, they simply follow in their mum’s footsteps and perform some PE of their own. For these copycats, adding a small amount of paw paw to their food will help. The enzyme in this will make their poo taste repulsive to these young pups. I obviously haven’t tried it personally but I’m told by many dogs it’s true…
REASON #2. The search for something Age most likely: Older than one year
Our furry family’s senses are super skilled. And they can sense an opportunity. So for dogs lacking in particular gut bacteria, enzyme or even vitamins and minerals, they can often find what they need in that neat little package. And it’s not so crazy when you consider that lots of animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, koalas) regularly eat their own poo for the nutritional hit. Even in humans, a ‘faecal transplant’ in a pill is a commonly used treatment to get their digestion back in balance. Having that gut balance right is so crucial for their health and they really seem to know it.