My 12 yr old male can often be found digging at patches of earth and munching on exposed soil. Then the other day we were out for a walk and he found some chalk dust at the ball diamonds (the kind they use to mark the baselines) and he tried to eat that.
Any idea if there's a mineral he might be lacking that would cause this behaviour?
I'll be watching your thread for replies. I too am having a problem only my almost 10 year old male has taken to eating potting soil all of a sudden.
is this new behavior?
My 7 year old has been eating dirt and poop non stop for many years now (started around 3-4). I've changed foods twice in that time adn saw no impact. Someone at the park said they knew someone that had sucess by adding tripe to their dog's food but who knows.
Rocky "eats" holes instead of digging them. and he doesn't just eat poop when he bored, he goes out and searches for them at the park (his only pastime) and will even stop mid-fetch to go grab a bite!!
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
For my boy it is totally new this year, he's never touched my potted plants before. EWWWWWW rocky!!!!
Yes, definately ewww Rocky. The behavior is at odds with the rest of his personality (Laid back, stoic).
Strange that it started later in life - one would think that is more likely to be diet related. no idea though.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
I have no idea. Maybe you could call the vet and see what they say.
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i believe i once read something relating to dogs who eat soil having "low anemia" but i would research this further.
I did google it, and i didn't like what i was reading, the "C" word came up in plenty of articles. For me, i just try to keep catching him in the act, then saying "what did you do"? in a very sturn voice, then he cowers away to the other side of the yard.
I heard from someone that doggies eat poop b/c some treats that they eat arent fully digested so naturally dogs smell it and wanna eat it... YUCK!!!! Avery tries to eat poop too. The other day we went to "the orchards" by us and I left him sniff around for 5 minutes after our walk and sure enough he found another dog's poop. I can't stand that owners don't clean up after their dogs, it would make my life alot easier!!!
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