Dogs are fascinated by weird things. Let’s see, there’s the garbage … And for other dogs’ pee and poop … And for some dogs – DIRT!
You can not go there for the reason, but there’s a reason for that.
“Some say that it reflects an underlying behavioral problem,” says W Jean Dodds DVM. “This could be due to obsessive-compulsive disorder, mental problems, which developed from painful past experiences, or due to a genetically inherited behavioral problem. More commonly, this behavior is thought to reflect either a minor mineral or vitamin deficiency, a gastric upset or irritation, or something simple like the animal smelling some food scrap on or in the ground. If you seem to be compulsive or excessive, take a look at the pet’s diet is balanced. ”
Clearly there are some good reasons why you have a lot of things to do, some more serious than others.
Let’s look a little closer at the possibilities …
1. Bad Food
Your dog’s dirt could be found for minerals, vitamins or even good probiotic bacteria that he is not getting in his diet.
Kibble and unbalanced that could be the culprits.
Pica is defined as a state of food. For example, eating dirt would be a pica disorder.
This usually occurs when a dog’s body is mineral deficient or is suffering from nutritional deficiency or imbalance. – Carol Osborne DVM
“Dogs’ natural instinctual tendencies help to promote their survival and signs like this should not be overlooked. Should the deranged appetite continue for more than a few days, consider the dietary veterinary, “says integrative veterinarian Osborne.
Laurie S Coger DVM, CVCP says she’s seen eating when poorly designed home diets.
“It usually occurs when they are not feeding bones, so a problem with cooked things than raw,” Coger says. “The dog is searching for the minerals that are missing when bones are not fed. It usually resolves quickly once the diet is improved. This is one of the key reasons I advocate for raw diet over cooked. It is just too easy for the minerals to be forgotten when cooking. ”
So how do you know if your dog is getting the nutrients he needs in his food (and not missing out on essential minerals and vitamins)?
Answer: Know your way around a pet food label.
2. Tasty Dirt
A less serious cause is simply that your dog is going after something tasty, like bacon or hamburger grease under a grill.
“If a dog is eating dirt, the owner should try to get to. This would make sense if the dog keeps going back to a particular area – like under a grill, “says Morgan.
3. Behavior Issues
Humans exhibit strange habits out of stress and boredom – hair twirling, knuckle cracking, overeating, etc. Same goes for our pets who are designed to be active, and who do not always get all the stimulation they require.
He is probably going to find himself a way to entertain himself, possibly by eating dirt.
“Some dogs, especially youngsters and puppies may just eat out of pure boredom,” Osborne says. “This could be a lack of exercise, being cooped up in a kennel during the day, not enough playtime, or a lack of proper social interaction. Remember, dogs, like people, need a job and a daily purpose, especially when dealing with herding and high-energy broads. In general, enjoy dogs, so if your canine’s behavior seems out of sorts, give him something to do. Doggie day care facilities offer unlimited opportunities for socialization and human and canine interaction. In addition, they relieve boredom and for most are just plain fun! ”
Like humans, dogs can also have obsessive-compulsive disorder. A dog with OCD may start to eat dirt obsessively as part of the disorder. If you suspect OCD or a related behavior disorder, consult with your holistic vet or an animal behaviorist.