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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? A Deep Dive into Coprophagia

Ah, the less glamorous side of dog ownership. No one likes to talk about it, but let's face it: some dogs eat poop. It's not just to gross you out; there's often a deeper reason behind it.

Dog sniffing poop on the ground, highlighting the behavior of coprophagia discussed in Riverview Grooming blog.

The Behavioral Explanation

This icky habit, known scientifically as coprophagia, could be a behavioral trait inherited from their wolf ancestors. In the wild, eating fecal matter can help mask their scent from predators.

Nutritional Factors

Another theory is that dogs might eat poop to recapture nutrients they didn't absorb the first time. This could indicate a deficiency in their diet.

Health Concerns

If your dog's coprophagia becomes frequent or obsessive, it could signal an underlying health issue such as gastrointestinal parasites. Consult your veterinarian for a thorough examination and appropriate tests.


While it may be a stomach-turning habit, understanding the reasons behind it can help you take appropriate action. If the behavior becomes consistent or intensifies, it's a good idea to seek professional advice.

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