Make these ads go away.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Dirt Eating Dogs

  1. #1
    911
    Currently Offline
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    Awesome
     

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    THE HUMID SOUTH
    Posts
    1,973
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    08:01 PM
    Points
    232

    Question Dirt Eating Dogs

    OK, anyone have any idea why my dogs eat dirt or red clay?

    There is one spot in my yard where they go to get a tasty treat, or so they think.

    I used to think it was because I filled in a hole with leaves and sticks and they were eating the decomposing leaves. So, I stopped and they are still doing it. Every time I go to the vet, I intend to ask him but, as always, I forget.

    As I was growing up I heard about people, especially pregnant women, who ate red clay. There is actually a guy I work with who still does, he and his whole family.

    I've thought that perhaps they were missing some vitamins, but their food should contain the vits they need. They are 10 and 13 years of age and they both do it. The one that is 13 used to could hear the cicada larva in the ground and dig them up and eat them. But, his hearing is bad now and he doesn't do that as often.

    I am afraid to fill in the hole with any kind of topsoil that I could buy for fear there might be pesticides or germs in it and they would get sick. I have even taken dirt from other areas of the yard and they dug through that to get to the "good stuff".

    Any ideas?
    When choosing between two evils, I always like to take the one I've never tried before.
    Mae West

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    ----
     
    DesignerGal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    rolling in Poison Ivy
    Posts
    2,458
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    09:01 PM
    Points
    0

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    My dogs do tha with grubs. YUCK! But sorry, I dont know why or how to help.



    HBIC

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    ----
     
    zinkyusa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    suckin' peoples blood
    Posts
    3,270
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    09:01 PM
    Points
    0

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    Here is some dirt they might like to taste. Where do you suppose the dirt came from?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Dirt Eating Dogs-freedirt-1-.jpg  
    You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

  4. #4
    BORN TO BE A RED!
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    ----
     
    abbey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    UP NORTH
    Posts
    15,249
    Local Date
    12-18-2014
    Local Time
    02:01 AM
    Points
    1,198
    Gifts Gift Boxing Gloves Gift

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by 911 View Post
    OK, anyone have any idea why my dogs eat dirt or red clay?

    There is one spot in my yard where they go to get a tasty treat, or so they think.

    I used to think it was because I filled in a hole with leaves and sticks and they were eating the decomposing leaves. So, I stopped and they are still doing it. Every time I go to the vet, I intend to ask him but, as always, I forget.

    As I was growing up I heard about people, especially pregnant women, who ate red clay. There is actually a guy I work with who still does, he and his whole family.

    I've thought that perhaps they were missing some vitamins, but their food should contain the vits they need. They are 10 and 13 years of age and they both do it. The one that is 13 used to could hear the cicada larva in the ground and dig them up and eat them. But, his hearing is bad now and he doesn't do that as often.

    I am afraid to fill in the hole with any kind of topsoil that I could buy for fear there might be pesticides or germs in it and they would get sick. I have even taken dirt from other areas of the yard and they dug through that to get to the "good stuff".

    Any ideas?
    Could it be possible that another animal is peeing or poo'ing on the spot where they are eating the dirt?

  5. #5
    anomaly
    is full of status
     
    I am:
    Awesome
     

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    16,772
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    06:01 PM
    Points
    14,934
    Gifts Cocktail

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by abbey View Post
    Could it be possible that another animal is peeing or poo'ing on the spot where they are eating the dirt?
    Glad you said it first, abbey

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    ----
     
    zinkyusa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    suckin' peoples blood
    Posts
    3,270
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    09:01 PM
    Points
    0

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted, then used against you.

  7. #7
    Watanya Cecilia
    is at your service!
     
    I am:
    Cool
     
    valerie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    7,078
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    05:01 PM
    Points
    8,648
    Gifts Gift Cake Cocktail Balloons Cake

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    It might be they are lacking something (pica) but I think it's more likely
    due to boredom, and that's just a convenient spot for them to get at.

    Do you know how much they are consuming?

    They should be getting everything from their diet, you're right, if
    you are feeding good quality kibble and not Ol' Roy or something.
    At their ages, a good senior formula.

    There is a quick fix, put some of their poop (each dog) in the hole
    and cover it back up. This is only if they've never been poop eaters.
    You might try sprinkling hot sauce or black pepper over the area, but
    be aware some dogs grow to like this, too.

    I'd look to their diet as the culprit. If I were you, I'd start getting them
    each a teaspoon of "probiotics" in their meals, maybe up to a
    tablespoon each a day, if they tolerate it. (And my almost 14 year
    old tolerates it well). They should be getting 2 meals a day now, if
    they are only getting one, split the amount in half and feed them
    morning and evening.

    Oh, and probiotics just means active culture yogurt, plain, nothing
    fancy, will help them build good intestinal bacteria.

    Tamsen's Dogster Page
    http://www.dogster.com/?27525


  8. #8
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    ----
     
    Lulu2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    So. Calif.
    Posts
    5,967
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    05:01 PM
    Points
    0

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    Val's right...I'm assuming your dogs are current on their exams. I'd mention it to the vet. Pica can be a sign of anything from boredom to a serious condition.
    My candle's burning at both ends, it will not last the night. But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends--It gives a lovely light!--Edna St. Vincent Millay

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    This user has no status.
     
    I am:
    ----
     
    rachelg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Southwest Virginia
    Posts
    287
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    05:01 PM
    Points
    0

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    My dogs just LOVE cat poop. Are you sure a cat hasn't buried some poop where they are eating?

  10. #10
    Watanya Cecilia
    is at your service!
     
    I am:
    Cool
     
    valerie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    7,078
    Local Date
    12-17-2014
    Local Time
    05:01 PM
    Points
    8,648
    Gifts Gift Cake Cocktail Balloons Cake

    Re: Dirt Eating Dogs

    Register to remove this ad.
    Quote Originally Posted by rachelg View Post
    My dogs just LOVE cat poop. Are you sure a cat hasn't buried some poop where they are eating?



    Now THERE'S an idea!!

    (Can't hardly think of a dog that doesn't love it!!)


    EEEW.
    Tamsen's Dogster Page
    http://www.dogster.com/?27525


+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Old as dirt
    By hoppy in forum General Chit Chat
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-12-2008, 09:25 AM
  2. If this doesnt make u smile.I will eat my dirt
    By Chezzie in forum General Chit Chat
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 12-14-2007, 03:52 PM
  3. I love dirt!
    By Delilah in forum Auto Racing
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-10-2007, 04:48 PM
  4. D'ruther eat dirt
    By coberst in forum Philosophy
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-19-2006, 02:08 PM
  5. why is dirt so darned expensive?
    By jahamaa in forum Gardening Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-31-2005, 11:28 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.5.2