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Why do dogs eat dirt

Why do dogs eat dirt

You may be giving the pet high quality nutrient rich food but the dog would still eat dirt. The dog may be dealing with a digestive system disorder. Gastrointestinal maldigestive as well as malabsorptive disorders hinders the nutrients of the ingested food from being absorbed by the body thus resulting to nutrient deficiency. Again, the dog will eat dirt to supplement the nutrient insufficiency.

A dog eating dirt may be coping with the increased appetite borne out of having an endocrine disorder. These dogs would crave for food and when none is available would resort to eating dirt.

Dogs have excellent olfactory capacity that is 40,000 times better than humans. They can smell something interesting in the dirt, they like what they smell and would therefore eat anything that is embedded in the dirt. Eating dirt is also a way by which the dog can gain the owners attention. These are sensitive creatures that would crave human companionship especially when there are no other pets in the home. Eating dirt is also a way of manifesting boredom. Some dogs would be destructive when bored. Chewing furniture and carpets, digging and incessant barking are signs that the dog is bored. Some dogs however would eat dirt.