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Old 04-28-2013, 07:33 PM
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My dogs both eat the red clay around here. I am assuming based on a quick google search that the soil here has very high iron content.

They were both digging into the ground and eating the dirt at agility tonight and my trainer suggested that it might be a sign that they were missing something in their diets? Would you change up their diet? I can't remember if they've always eaten the dirt but I know they have for a long time on different foods. I have pictures from a year or two ago where Mia's eaten dirt and it's all over her face.

Right now they are on a mixed diet with the base kibble being Acana Regionals (rotating flavors), Stella and Chewy's raw, Ziwipeak dehydrated (training meals), and very occasionally canned food.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:41 PM
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Personally, I wouldn't. Some dogs just like to eat dirt.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:48 PM
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I didn't know if dogs could have PICA or not. lol
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I wouldn't either. It sounds like you are feeding a great mix of foods. I don't really get the "because they are doing ___ behavior, they are missing something in their diet". Maybe it's just me but it seems like something people say when they don't really know what's going on .
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:51 PM
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People say that about dogs who eat poop, too. Nah, some dogs just like to eat poop. *shrug*
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:53 PM
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You could try supplementing with iron.
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:44 PM
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I wouldn't either. It sounds like you are feeding a great mix of foods. I don't really get the "because they are doing ___ behavior, they are missing something in their diet". Maybe it's just me but it seems like something people say when they don't really know what's going on .
Yeah, pretty much this. If there was a way to check their iron levels, you could try that, but just because they are eating dirt I wouldn't rush out and buy a different food. *shrug* And even if you checked their iron levels and they were high/normal/low, unless you have baseline normals for your dogs, I don't think they would tell you much anyway.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:13 PM
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Acana has a TON of iron in it. I highly doubt it's an iron deficiency.
The dogs probably just like the taste or texture of the dirt. My dogs all eat grass, but they don't have any sort of problems that would be remedied by eating grass. They just like it. One of them eats crunchy brown leaves. A friend's dogs eat sand. No problems with them either. And what about dogs who eat rocks? They probably aren't eating the rocks because of a mineral deficiency.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:18 PM
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I have this same issue with Indy. It's driving me nuts.
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Elsie eats sand occasionally when we're hiking. I think she just likes the texture.
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