Do you live in the land of kangaroos? Does your fur baby have a habit of poo? Then you may want to read this—dog’s eating kangaroo poo can get sick.
Problems with Kangaroo (or Other) Poo
Dogs love to eat all kinds of things, including the poo from other animals. This is a condition called coprophagia. Eating poo can be caused by conditions such as malnutrition, endocrine problems, behavioral issues (such as separation anxiety, seeking attention, boredom), and more.
Another common health problem with eating poop from other animals is that your dog could also pick up some parasites. And this is a problem with kangaroos.
Kangaroos are known as carriers of a large number of parasites, worms, toxoplasmosis, and salmonellosis. Any of these can make your dog sick if he eats kangaroo poo, as these parasites, etc. can be excreted in the poo.
Symptoms of Parasites in Dogs
If your dog has eaten poo even one time, he could develop a parasitical infection. He may show these signs and symptoms if he has a parasite infection:
- Scooting (on his rear end, as if his bottom itches)
- Weight loss
- Decreased activity
- Dull Coat
What to Do If Your Dog Eats Kangaroo Poo
The first thing is to have your dog examined by a vet. Let the vet know that your canine companion has a bad habit of eating kangaroo poo, and how often your dog does this. This may sound gross, but the vet may also ask that you bring in a sample of your fur baby’s poo. The vet will examine the poo under a microscope to look for signs of parasites.
The vet will give your fur baby a physical exam and will order lab work and other tests to determine which parasite your dog may have.
The good news is that parasite infections are fairly easy to treat if caught early. Once the vet determines which parasite(s) is the problem, they will give your dog the correct treatment to get rid of that nasty inhabitant of your dog’s digestive system.
The usual treatment is a course of deworming medication that your dog will need to take as directed by the vet. Once your fur baby has finished the medication, the vet may want to do more lab work and make sure the parasites have been taken care of and are no longer a problem.
Once your fur baby is healthy, be sure to keep him away from temptation (eating kangaroo poo)!