Whilst very disagreeable to us (even vomit-provoking depending on your strength of stomach!) many dogs and cats will eat their own (or others) poop.
So why do they do it?
Well popular belief is that it indicates there’s something lacking in the diet, but there’s actually no scientific data at all to back that up, and from my own experience very healthy dogs and cats can do this, on virtually any diet! Young pets are usually more indiscriminate eaters and are more likely to do this than older ones.
It can just be a habit, a sign of a large appetite, or even just that they’re bored.
There’s a small chance that it’s a sign that something’s amiss, so if your pet is doing this and they have lost weight or are underweight, are vomiting, have unusual faeces or have had a change in their appetite, veterinary advice should be sought ASAP.
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