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Q: We have two dogs eating dirt, Miniature Schnauzers that continually eat it from our potted plants. Why do dogs eat dirt? Could there be vitamin deficiencies in the food we feed them?
A: Why do dogs eat dirt? It is an interesting question with a variety of possible answers.
Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt?: Dietary Concerns
It is possible that your pets are lacking something in their diet. Your pets should be examined by your veterinarian who may wish to run blood work.
Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt?: Boredom
If no underlying cause is identified, it is possible that your dogs eating dirt are just doing it out of boredom! You may have to remove the potted plants from their reach or confine them while they cannot be supervised. Be sure the plants in your home aren't poisonous to your dog! Check out the list of common poisonous plants!
Also, if you're dog's eating dirt, it might be a good idea to try to stimulate them with activity to keep them occupied, like these indoor dog games. If they're too busy with something else on their mind, chances are they won't try and eat dirt from your garden!
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