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Can My Dog Get Sick from Eating Duck Poop?

If there are lots of wild birds, including ducks, in the area where you live, then the chances are good that you regularly go walking there with your dog. You might want to be careful that your dog doesn’t eat duck poop though, because there is a possibility that it can make him/her extremely sick.

Why Do Dogs Eat Duck Poop?

Although it’s gross to us humans, eating poop is normal behaviour to dogs. The medical term for this habit is called coprophagia, and there are several reasons why dogs do this, one of them being that poop smells good to dogs. Other dogs do it because of underlying medical issues, like parasite infection, and also, because of behavioural problems.

Whatever the reason though, your dog can get sick from eating any type of poop, including duck poop.

Why Will Duck Poop Make My Dog Sick?

Duck poop can contain harmful parasites and bacteria. Eimeria spp is one of the most common parasites found in duck poop, which can result in dogs, and other animals, developing coccidiosis, a condition that causes diarrhea, which in some cases, can become extremely serious.

Coccidiosis, a one-celled type of organism, spends part of its life cycle within the intestinal linings. This is an infection that is most serious in puppies, as well as unhealthy adult dogs. If left untreated, the condition can even lead to death.

If you have been out walking with your dog and he/she has eaten duck poop and shows signs of having diarrhea, then get to your vet immediately! If diarrhea becomes watery and contains blood, it could very well be a medical emergency!

What Is the Treatment for Coccidiosis in Dogs?

A sulfa-type antibiotic is normally used to treat this infection and is usually prescribed for about ten to fourteen days, with severe infections likely needing another course of antibiotics. In addition to the antibiotics, the vet will probably also treat diarrhea and any other associated symptoms that the dog might be experiencing.

Most dogs recover completely if they receive the correct treatment as early as possible.

It might be a good idea to talk to your vet if your dog likes snacking on duck poop, so that he/she can check for underlying health problems and give you advice on how best to handle this situation.

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