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why does my dog eat grass and dirt

If your vet rules out a medical reason, your dog isn t ill but is eating dirt because his dietary needs are not being met. Dog foods vary in quality. Ensure that the food you buy meets your dog's nutritional needs and is formulated for the life stage your dog is in -- puppy, adult or senior maintenance. The first ingredient listed on the label should be a meat, such as lamb or beef.

Don't choose food with "meat byproducts" on the label. This means feathers, hooves, beaks, eyes and skin. If diet isn't the reason for your dog s dirt-eating behavior, you might need to teach your dog new behavior or change his environment.
Talk to your vet. If you can't figure out the cause of your dog's dirt-eating, or suspect it may be a sign of a more serious problem, bring the dog in for a check-up.

During an exam, the vet can check the dog's overall health, order lab work to rule out deficiencies and diseases, and look for signs of parasites. Some veterinarians may be willing to offer advice over the phone. You can try calling your vet first to talk about the behavior and get some suggestions of things to try.

Check out the dog's feces. If he has diarrhea or produces a greasy stool it might be he isn't digesting his food properly. This can lead to an nutritional imbalance and the dog eats dirt in an attempt to remedy this. This being the case, a vet consultation is essential since the problem needs investigating and a solution found.

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