My Dog Ate Duck Poop Will He Get Sick?

By Tom •  Updated: 12/22/20 •  3 min read
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Do you live in an area where there are plenty of wild birds, including ducks? Do you regularly walk in the area? If so, you may want to watch your dog to make sure he’s not eating duck poop. This could possibly make him sick.

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Dogs Eating Poo is Normal

While it’s gross to us, dogs eat feces as a part of their normal behavior. This even has a medical term—it’s called coprophagia. There are many reasons that lead dogs to eat feces. Your dog may eat feces because the smell good, he may have an underlying medical condition (such as a parasite infection), or it could be caused by a behavioral issue.

No matter the cause, eating any type of feces can make your dog sick, including duck poop.

Duck Poop Can Make Your Dog Sick

Duck feces, and other types of poop, can make your dog sick. When it comes to duck poop, it can be infected with harmful bacteria and parasites. One of the most common parasites is Emieria spp.

Emieria spp is a parasite that can cause coccidiosis in dogs (and other animals). The condition can cause diarrhea, which can become severe in some cases.

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Coccidiosis is a type of one-celled organism that spend part of their life cycle in the lining of the intestines. This infection is especially serious in puppies and adult dogs that are not healthy. It can even lead to death if untreated.

If your dog has developed diarrhea after eating duck feces, then it’s a good idea to call the vet. And you’ll need to call your vet immediately if your dog has developed watery and/or blood diarrhea. This could be a medical emergency.

Treatment of Coccidiosis Infection in Dogs

This infection usually treated with a sulfa-type antibiotic. This may be prescribed for 10 to 14 days. However, in severe infections, the dog may need another round of antibiotics. In addition, the vet may treat the diarrhea and any other symptoms the dog may be experiencing.

In most cases, dogs will recover if they’ve received proper treatment early.

If your dog loves to snack on duck feces, then it’s probably a good idea to talk with the vet about this habit. Your dog may have some underlying health issues that causes him to go for feces in the first place. Your vet will have the best advice on how to deal with this issue.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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