Laguna Niguel, CA - Nearly every dog owner has had a dog that developed the repulsive habit of eating his own feces, or the feces of other animals. A 2012 study from the University of California, Davis showed that 1 of every 6 dogs were “serious” stool eaters and 1 in 4 dogs had been caught doing this at least once.
But what is repulsive to humans, apparently had a survival advantage for dogs’ ancestors. Dr. Benjamin Hart, the lead researcher on the study, reflected that “Our conclusion is that eating of fresh stools is a reflection of an innate predisposition of ancestral canids living in nature that protects pack members from intestinal parasites present in feces that could occasionally be dropped in the den/rest area.”
Other canine researchers speculate that eating feces may have also been a survival strategy when food was scarce. The scientific name for this is called coprophagia (say kop-ruh-FAY-jee-uh.)
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