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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

September 28, 2016

It's called "coprophagia," and lots of dogs do it. Subscribe! ‖ Twitter! ‖ Tumblr! ↓Want more info?↓ Behavioural defences in animals against pathogens and parasites: parallels with the pillars of medicine in humans Coprophagia: Food for thought American Kennel Club: Why Dogs Eat Poop and How to Stop It -- Host, Writer, Editor Anna Rothschild Camera and Moral Support Vanessa Hill—Thank you! Feel Like Home Again Music Provided by APM Original Footage ©WGBH Educational Foundation 2016 IMAGES McKeown, D., Luescher, A., & Machum, M. (1988). Coprophagia: Food for thought. The Canadian Veterinary Journal, 29(10), 849–850. File:My dogs 2 Wikimedia Commons/Atchoo420 Ancylostoma caninum attached to the intestinal mucosa CDC File:Smiling dog Wikimedia Commons/Brandon Weeks Hookworm filariform larva CDC Maltese puppy, 3 days old Wikimedia Commons/yasmapaz & ace_heart from Germany File:Canine hookworm egg 1 Wikimedia Commons/Joel Mills File:Цвергшнауцер белый Питомник "Ассон Ари" 12 Wikimedia Commons/Zorik07 File:Malta - Mellieha -Triq Selmun - Pharaoh Hound 02 ies Wikimediea Commons/Frank Vincentz File:Killer Chihuahua Wikimedia Commons/David Shankbone File:Kiara Wikimedia Commons/LuKaS Cuba File:Aaluna Wikimedia Commons/Zoidy File:Dog nose macro close up Wikimedia Commons/Stockimagery File:Caesaria f3 Wikimedia Commons/Caesaria File:Wilde huendin am stillen Wikimedia Commons/Stephan Gillmeier File:Sharpei ogon 867 Wikimedia Commons/Pleple2000 Fermented hot sauce Wikimedia Commons/ Produced by WGBH for PBS Digital Studios