Why does my dog eat potting soil?

asked 2017-04-24 18:03:55 -0600

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answered 2017-06-09 06:36:21 -0600

There could be a few different reasons why she's eating soil: Your dog may just like the taste. Or your dog’s dirt eating could actually be a search for minerals, vitamins or even good probiotic bacteria that he isn’t getting in his diet. Or she could have a medical condition like inflammatory bowel disease or hypothyroidism. It is best to discourage dogs from eating dirt, as although it is unlikely to cause a serious issue, there can be chemicals within dirt that can be potentially harmful. She may be eating dirt because she's bored. You could try keeping her occupied with toys and other things.

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