My Dog Ate Goose Poop: Should I Worry? (Solved & Explained!)

Dogs are curious creatures. They are constantly listening, sniffing, and exploring their environment. This makes them great watchdogs. They can also be scavengers looking for their next meal. This can lead to problems at home and on a walk. Has your dog eaten goose poop?  

There are many reasons dogs may consume goose poop during a walk. Taste, hunger, or boredom can cause them to seek out and consume goose poop. The good news is it’s usually not harmful and can be discouraged by changing your routine and training.

Let’s take a closer look at why a dog may consume goose poop, the effects it could have on them, when to seek medical help, and how to stop them. 

Why does my dog eat goose poop? 

Dogs are known to eat almost anything they find on the ground. Dogs are natural scavengers and are always hunting for food. They have been known to even scavenger out of boredom.  They are easily trained by the use of food. Goose poop may be enticing them, let’s see why: 

Taste

Humans may find the thought of eating excrements nasty, dogs may be attracted to goose poop as a treat. The diet of geese consists mostly of grass, seeds, and berries. Their poop contains remnants of these and attracts your dog’s interest. 

Curious 

Dogs, especially puppies, are curious animals. They are always listening, sniffing, and exploring the world around them. Puppies are more prone to their curiosity and chomping on anything they can put in their mouth but it can also be in the habits of older dogs.  

Hungry

Your dog may be hungry and the goose poop can resemble food to your dog. The smell of goose poop can confuse your dog into thinking the poop is food. Your dog may not like the goose poop but is looking for a snack before eating. 

Stress 

Stress can play a factor in your dog eating goose poop. It can be a way for them to help alleviate the stress. If they are constantly showing signs of stress it may be time to see a veterinarian. 

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Enzyme deficiency 

An enzyme deficiency can cause your dog to seek and eat other animal droppings that are rich in enzymes that your dog is missing. It may be necessary to have your dog checked and ensure they are getting the proper nutrition. 

Coprophagia

Coprophagia is a condition that may make your dog seek and consume animal feces. This can normally be overcome with a diet and feeding change or behavior training.  

Can goose poop harm your dog?

Eating goose poop may be harmful to your dogs. Goose poop can contain salmonella or E. Coli and make your dog sick. Eating small amounts of goose poop may not have any effect. Over long periods it can be a health risk for your dog.  

There is also a low risk of giardia, a diarrheal disease caused by a parasite. If your pet becomes infected with giardia they must see a veterinarian for treatment. They will be able to transfer it to other animals. Transfer to humans, however, is rare as dogs and humans do not share the same form of the disease.   

 Listed are some symptoms caused by eating goose poop:

  • Vomiting
  • Loose stool or diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps 
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

If any of these symptoms last over a few days it will be necessary to seek treatment for your dog. 

What do I do if they do not have symptoms?

If your dog has eaten goose poop but does not have any signs of an illness or a disease, it may be fine. Their digestive system can normally handle most bacteria or harmful contaminants in the feces. 

They should be monitored and only seek treatment if they show signs of illness. If they do show signs of vomiting, diarrhea, or other illness it will be necessary to seek medical attention for your pet.    

How do I stop my dog from eating poop? 

Stopping your dog from eating goose poop during your walk should be a simple task. Identifying the cause of your dog’s eating of feces will help with training or treatment. 

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If your dog is hungry, a change in the feeding schedule or walking schedule will curtail the problem and prevent your dog from seeking goose poop as a treat during your hikes. Keeping them on a leash or finding a different location free from poop can also be useful. 

It may also be necessary to discourage your dog from interacting with the poop in the first place. Leading them away from the poop will be helpful. If they are still seeking out the poop, training them with the “Leave It” command will help with this and other situations.    

Leave it

All dogs should be taught the leave it command to train them not to pick up something and to leave it when given the command. This will be helpful to discourage them from eating goose poop or anything else that may be harmful to your pet at home or on a walk. 

To train your dog, you will need a few pieces of dog food and a treat. Put a few pieces of dog food on the floor and with your dog on a leash lead them past it. If they show interest in the food, command them “Leave It,” and when they do, reward them with a treat for their behavior. 

This may take a few training sessions to implement the new training so be patient with your dog. After they are proficient with the lessons, during your walks carry treats as rewards. When you come across anything harmful, command them to leave it and reward them with the treat. 

Conclusion 

Dogs can find and eat goose poop for several reasons. Identifying what is causing them to seek and eat goose poop is the best way to prevent it. Eating goose poop is highly discouraged for dogs. It normally will not affect them but can cause illness and some diseases.

With training and a few changes to the routine, we can have walks and outdoor time safe for our pets once again. Happy pets!