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Q&A: Will Eating Rabbit Poop Make My Dog Sick?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Rabbit poop seems to be irresistible for dogs, but will eating it hurt them?

Rabbit poop seems to be irresistible for dogs, but will eating it hurt them?

Can Dogs Eat Rabbit Poop?

"My grass has rabbit droppings in it and my dog keeps eating it. What can I do?" —Deborah

Rabbit Poop Isn't Typically Harmful to Dogs

Unless your dog is already sick, they are not likely to have problems eating rabbit poop. (1)

In fact, most dogs benefit from the extra enzymes and the probiotics in rabbit poop. (Of course, they might just like the taste!) I never yell at my dogs if they are eating the "road apples" produced by my horses, and if your dog is getting into rabbit poop in your yard they should not be scolded for it.

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The only problem might be when your dog has an autoimmune disease or digestive problem already and the yeast found in rabbit droppings is established in their bowel. (2) It can cause diarrhea but is very rare. The only thing you can do to prevent it is to get rid of the rabbits in your yard by fencing them out.

But that is not something most of us want to do.


  1. Faricelli, A. What Should I Do If My Dog Ate Rabbit Poop? PetHelpful.
  2. Winston JA, Piperisova I, Neel J, Gookin JL. Cyniclomyces guttulatus Infection in Dogs: 19 Cases (2006-2013). J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2016 Jan-Feb;52(1):42-51.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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