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".