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Coprophagia: why dogs eat poo

This article contains: dog eating behaviour faeces

Q: My dog is disgusting – it eats the cat poo from the litter tray. How can I stop this?

A: This is known as coprophagia – the eating of faeces. A dog may eat its own, other dogs’ or other animals’ poo.

Cats eat a high-protein meat diet, so theirs is particularly attractive to dogs. Coprophagia can occur as a result of digestive problems.

You should clean your cat litter tray as soon as it is soiled, or place it where the dog cannot reach. Remember that dogs are scavengers and will eat all sorts of items that we find disgusting, so be careful about hygiene – particularly if you let your dog lick your face!


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