Do mom dogs eat their puppies poop?

Asked By: Kianna Kuhic
Date created: Fri, Dec 18, 2020 7:15 AM
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After having a litter of babies, a mother dog will eat the puppies' feces.

It is instinct that causes her to do this.

Out in the wild, she needed to hide the scent of her puppies from predators.

By eating the poop, she would cut down on the smell, which might have attracted animals that would kill the babies.

Answered By: Constantin Satterfield
Date created: Sat, Dec 19, 2020 9:18 AM
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Many believe it's instinctual behavior, harkening back to the days when your dog's wild ancestors would mask their scent to help them sneak up on their prey.

Wolves, for example, have been observed rolling in animal carcasses or the droppings of plant-eating animals, to cover up their own smell during the hunt.

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Safe: Some Vegetables.

Your dog can have a healthy snack of carrot sticks, green beans, cucumber slices, or zucchini slices.

Even a plain baked potato is OK.

Don't let your dog eat any raw potatoes or any potato plants from your pantry or garden.

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Dogs sometimes eat poop out of boredom, for attention, to avoid punishment, or due to health issues.

However, stool eating, also known as coprophagy, is actually quite normal behavior for a puppy.

She does this both to keep the "den" clean and to protect the puppies from predators that might be drawn by the scent.

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Domestic dogs, which can also be avid eaters of poop, have been found to turn to poop eating due to nutritional deficiencies in their diets caused by starvation or disease, prior research has suggested.

However, that doesn't explain why otherwise healthy dogs would develop a taste for waste.

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Can My Dog Eat This?

A List of Human Foods Dogs Can and Can't Eat

  • Carrots: Can Eat. Both raw and cooked carrots are safe for your dog to eat.
  • Grapes and Raisins: Can't Eat.
  • Salt: Limit.
  • Peanut Butter: Can Eat.
  • Eggs: Can Eat.
  • Salmon: Can Eat.
  • Chocolate: Can't Eat.
  • Cheese: Limit.
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