I need your advice regarding my 4-1/2-year-old Chihuahua. I have been preparing his food for a while now, and most of the time he enjoys eating it. Lately, however, I've noticed that he has been eating dirt when I take him outside. I wonder if he needs vitamins.I make him 1 pound of ground chicken, turkey or beef with a medium-baked sweet potato, two eggs, one teaspoon of cinnamon and about 15 blueberries -- all fried with two tablespoons of olive oil. I freeze 1/4 cup of this mixture and thaw it before he eats (twice a day). Do you think this formula is good enough for him? Does he need a vitamin each day to supplement his food?
E.T., Naples, FL Sep 19, 2010
DEAR E.T.: Many animal species engage in dirt-eating (geophagia) as a way to compensate for a nutrition deficiency in their regular diets. Readers often express concern over their dogs eating dirt, which can be a sign of digestive problems, anemia (iron deficiency) and possibly calcium-, magnesium- and other deficiencies. Home-prepared diets that do not include a good-quality calcium supplement are all too common, and yours is probably deficient. Your dog should also have 50 to 100 mg daily of calcium citrate with magnesium: crush up and measure out one human pill or capsule. You could even use finely pulverized eggshells as a calcium source. A half a human dose twice a week of probiotics may also help his little digestive system. Also try a teaspoon of plain organic yogurt or kefir daily.
3/5/2013 7:52:22 AM #
My dog is ten years old. He eats just regular Old dog food. In the past two weeks he has Started eating dirt. He is digging ditches and Eating the dirt. I caught him ripping a plant outOf the pot and eating the dirt this morning. He Has never done this before. Is there a reason For this? Should I be as worried as I am? PleaseAny help or advice would be greatly appreciated.Thank you for help,Kerry
9/6/2013 6:04:23 PM #
Kerry, my dog is the same age and doing the same thing. He is going outside and eating dirt. He has never done this before either. I hope someone can provide an answer without getting off track like they do on these posts.
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