Why Dogs Eat Poop and Dirt

Surprising Truths as to “Why do Dogs Eat Poop and Dirt”

Pica is the name given to dogs with the urge to consume foreign substances from dirt, rocks, concrete, glass, coins, gravel, clay, rubber tires, and a host of other non-food objects. This is different for very young teething puppies who are trying to alleviate the discomfort by mouthing on and eating these non-food items. Chewing of the odd objects can lead to damaged teeth, gums or digestive organs. Some of these items contain toxic chemicals that can poison the dog.

Dogs with coprophagia eat deer droppings, cat poop, horse or cow manure, their own or any dog poop. Most canines will eat anything that appears somewhat edible. Despite a dog having a perfect diet, it is not so much what they are receiving but how are they digesting it all that plays a crucial role in their behavior.

Pica is usually a nutritional imbalance or deficiency of some sort. There are numerous other conditions that can concur with pica. Some of these are:

• hair loss
• dry skin or coat
• pigment problems
• anemia
• fatigue
• muscle spasms
• Seizures
• Allergies
• digestive disorders
• slow wound healing
• immune system problems
• chronic ill health

Some remedies for pica include adding bone meal to the diet. This has stopped dogs from consuming dirt. Another suggestion is to add hydrochloric acid and pepsin with every meal. For dogs that are prone to bloat and have signs of pica, this has been very successful in stopping them from devouring relentlessly on grass and leaves.

Coprophagia is quite common in dogs that are fed a grain based diet. These foods are difficult for them to digest and dog’s that are fed a high-carbohydrate diet produce large feces with only partially digested foods. Feeding grain-free foods results in a more complete digestion as well as less appetizing stools.

Dogs who engage in eating other dogs’ fecal matter are at risk of contracting parasites such as giardia, coccidia, roundworms, whipworms or parvovirus. If they are consuming manure from rabbits, deer, elk, cattle, sheep, geese or other grass-eating animals, these stools have high amounts of beneficial bacteria, B-complex vitamins, vitamin K, minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes, antioxidants and fiber. The latter are beneficial for them.

By improving the dog’s diet you can reduce their desire to indulge in fecal matter. Improving their digestion also helps. An excellent product like Prozyme added to their food daily helps make digestion easier. Other digestive products that contain hydrochloric acid and pepsin can be for dogs whose hydrochloric acid production is low. Ginger is also great to give for improving the digestion and assimilation. Seacure is a product that has helped many dogs with pica and coprophagia. It is a fermented deep sea white fish product sold as a pet supplement powder, or in capsules. In addition to these, success has been gained from using mineral supplements and also coconut oil.Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

There are a variety of other methods that have also been successful and these range from homeopathy, acupressure, acupuncture, herbs and a better exercise regime with stimulus. There is no one cure for all dogs. In my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs” I explain countless ways how we can help our dog’s diet and health. In every chapter there is information on what we can do and how simple it can be to help them.

We have to try and see which one best suits our pet until we have found a resolution. There are countless remedies out there and one will work with your dog. It is worth the effort of figuring out which one does the trick. After all, isn’t your pet  worth it?!

About the Author
Helga Schmitt has been passionately studying and researching dog health, physiotherapy and rehabilitation hands on for the past 20 years. Her keen interest in health and healing motivated her to become a Chartered Herbalist and also obtain a degree in Nutrition and advanced Holistic Nutrition. She furthered with a certificate in homeopathy and continues to study various healing modalities to this day. She is a Certified and Registered Canine Hydrotherapist. Her research, past and current studies and experience, have her striving to educate dog owners that there are numerous ways to achieving and maintaining optimum health for your pet. For a wealth of information on dog health check out her best-selling book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.”


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