Why do dogs eat dirt?

Why do dogs eat dirt?

It's a common sight to see dogs digging in the dirt, and sometimes even eating it. But why do dogs do this? Is this cause for concern? There are a few possible reasons.

Nutritional Deficiencies

One possibility is that your dog is eating dirt to get some nutrients that they're not getting from their food. Dirt can contain minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc, which are all essential for dogs' health. If your dog is eating dirt frequently, it's a good idea to begin supplementing with Proven.pet Supplements.

Boredom or Stress

Another possibility is that your dog is eating dirt out of boredom or stress. If your dog doesn't have enough to do, they may start looking for ways to entertain themselves, and eating dirt can be one of those ways. Dogs who are left alone for long periods of time are also more likely to eat dirt, as a way of coping with their anxiety.

Medical Conditions

In some cases, dogs may eat dirt because of a medical condition. For example, dogs with pica, a condition that causes them to eat non-food items, may eat dirt. Other medical conditions that can lead to dirt-eating include anemia, digestive problems, and liver disease.

Here are some tips to help prevent your dog from eating dirt:

  • Make sure your dog is getting a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs.
  • Provide your dog with plenty of toys and activities to keep them occupied.
  • Don't leave your dog alone for long periods of time.
  • If you notice your dog eating dirt, gently discourage them and redirect their attention to something else.
  • Supplement with products such as Proven.pet Cellular.life to fill in the nutritional deficiencies that may be causing your dog to eat dirt. You'll be surprised at how well this works, just look at the ingredients for Cellular.life! 

If you're still having trouble getting your dog to stop eating dirt, reach out to the Proven.pet team. Our Support Team is happy to answer questions and even have a video call to help you at no charge. 

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