Like humans, dogs each have their own motives for their individual behavior. Dogs eat poop for various reasons, based on their age, their training, their living conditions and their diet. There are basically 5 different classifications, or reasons that your dog may be eating poop. Why Dogs Eat Poop –>
If you look at the pet products marketplace, there are 11 major brands of commercial coprophagia products. I thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast the various brands by ingredient (see the matrix below). In doing so, I found some pretty interesting things: Coprophagia Products Compared –>
One of the most commonly cited home remedies for coprophagia is feeding your dog specific vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and many others are purported to turn your dog off from eating poop. What’s the idea behind this recommendation? And more importantly, does it work?
First, we should examine the science. Most of the vegetables that are commonly recommended are in the family Brassicaceae, which are commonly referred to as Cruciferous vegetables. Vegetables –>
Ever wonder whether your dog’s coprophagia is dangerous to you or your family? To answer that question, we should first take a look at what the general human risks are when coming into contact with dog feces.
The most common risk to humans is Toxocariasis, a parasitic infection caused by roundworm that can be spread to humans. The eggs are passed in the feces of an infected dog, and may be transmitted to humans who come in contact with them. Humans are accidental hosts, so larvae can’t mature to full blown worms within humans, but they can certainly cause problems for those that are infected. Dog Poop Dangers –>