Why do dogs eat dirt?
Sometimes dogs do the strangest things. It can be fun to watch and sometimes it may even be a cause for concern. Is your dog eating dirt? If so, you may be wondering why this is. It is not something all dogs do, but some do and there are reasons for why this is. Have a go at this lens if you want to find out more about why dogs eat dirt :)
- Why do dogs eat dirt
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Dogs eat just about anything; some breeds eat more than others. It was a common joke that a dog would eat even a drawing or a picture of dog food. Pica is the ingestion or eating of non-food materials and substances. These materials have no nutritive values. Dogs eat dirt. Apparently, there are underlying reasons for this abhorrent behavior of our four legged friends.
When dogs are not given enough food to eat may be forced to eat dirt to ease the gnawing in their bellies. This is most common in dogs that are given one meal a day. Scavenging stray dogs can be seen eating dirt.
Eating dirt is often associated with anemia. Low quality dog foods are most often deficient in nutrients. Dogs seem to have this amazing ability to solve their mineral deficiency concerns. If they don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their food they simply eat dirt to cope with the shortage.
You may be giving the pet high quality nutrient rich food but the dog would still eat dirt. The dog may be dealing with a digestive system disorder. Gastrointestinal maldigestive as well as malabsorptive disorders hinders the nutrients of the ingested food from being absorbed by the body thus resulting to nutrient deficiency. Again, the dog will eat dirt to supplement the nutrient insufficiency.
A dog eating dirt may be coping with the increased appetite borne out of having an endocrine disorder. These dogs would crave for food and when none is available would resort to eating dirt.
Dogs have excellent olfactory capacity that is 40,000 times better than humans. They can smell something interesting in the dirt, they like what they smell and would therefore eat anything that is embedded in the dirt. Eating dirt is also a way by which the dog can gain the owner’s attention. These are sensitive creatures that would crave human companionship especially when there are no other pets in the home. Eating dirt is also a way of manifesting boredom. Some dogs would be destructive when bored. Chewing furniture and carpets, digging and incessant barking are signs that the dog is bored. Some dogs however would eat dirt.
A wakeup call to the owner
If your dog is eating dirt it may be an indication that you need to get a higher quality dog food, you need to feed the dog more frequently and also to give more attention to your pet. Since dirt eating may also be a sign of an illness, visiting a vet may not come amiss.
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