Dogs are known for digging up and eating dirt while seeming delighted with themselves. Puppies and adolescent doggies are usually just ‘nosey’ — they are curious and want to know what’s going on around them. They ‘research’ using their ‘nosey’ feature, and when they locate something ‘interesting,’ they begin their excavation and devour their ‘found.’ However, aside from the cuteness, if your puppy is constantly eating dirt, it could be a sign of an ailment, and your baby may require medical treatment.
Why Does My Dog Eat Dirt?
Your dog will eat mud because it smells delicious and tastes even better! Well, the nose wants what the nose wants, and if it smells delicious, your canine companion will eat it. Like grass, the patch your dog digs up and eats could contain remnants of food or the’scent’ of another dog, making it a ‘interesting find.’ Because younger dogs are inherently more playful and curious, this feature may be more prominent in them as they get older.
Dirt eating can also be caused by a nutrient shortage in the body. Some dogs are deficient in particular minerals and vitamins, which they attempt to compensate for by eating dirt. It’s likely that the food you’re’serving’ is nutritionally lacking, and your dog will always be hungry, leading to a ‘delicious-smelling’ patch of dirt being the ‘perfect snack.’ Serious nutritional deficiencies could be the underlying cause, so consult your veterinarian, who may recommend a new diet, exercise programme, and vitamins.
Boredom may also be the cause of dirt digging and eating, especially in a young dog. To prevent this behaviour, your dog will most likely need more exercise, more games, and a lot more stimulation. Dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes require encouragement, and if they don’t get it from you, they’ll find other ways to ‘engage’ themselves, such as digging and eating dirt. Spending time with your dog and engaging in activities with them, as well as not leaving them alone, can help them break this tendency. Regardless, we recommend consulting with your veterinarian.
Stress is another typical cause of ‘erratic’ behaviour. If your dog is stressed out from fear or worry, he or she will seek comfort in activities or settings that we might consider ‘bad’ or unattractive. As a pet parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your pet baby is happy and to take efforts to remedy any displacement behaviours. However, not all displacement behaviour is a result of anxiety or stress; it is best to consult with your veterinarian.
Excessive dirt eating could be the result of underlying significant medical disorders that require care. Anemia, liver illness, insufficient calcium, intestinal parasites or disorders, and in rare circumstances, pica are among these conditions. Take your dog to the vet right away if you observe your dog eating dirt and it’s accompanied by increased urination, eating things that aren’t normally food, vomiting, or seizures.
Also, if you take away any of his or her favourite items, make sure to replace them immediately, or your dog may swallow something else in the house. Your dog requires attention and care, which makes dealing with difficulties and health situations easier.