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Features July 2019 Issue

When the Dog Won’t Stop Eating Poop

Why do they find it so interesting?

When the Dog Won’t Stop Eating Poop

The reasons for the habit — and the antidote.

First-time dog owners who have new puppies that engage in the habit of eating poop are often told it’s a behavior of dogs under one year of age and that their pet will grow out of it. But plenty of adult dogs eat poop, too. In a survey of 3,000 dog owners conducted by Benjamin Hart, DVM, of the veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, it was found that one in six dogs is a “serious” stool eater.

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