Does your dog seem to find dirt a delicious delicacy? Eating dirt may be an indication of an underlying medical problem, and not just made out of curiosity. The most common problem associated with eating dirt in dogs is anemia or other types of rare mineral deficiencies.
Here are some steps to take if your dog is eating dirt:
- Examine the color of your dog’s gums. If the gums appear too pale or jaundiced (yellowish tinge), an immediate visit to your veterinarian should be made as soon as possible.
- Check your dog’s diet. What’s the quality of your pet’s food? If you are giving homemade pet food, consulting a veterinary will help establish whether it lacks any essential vitamin or mineral.
- When your dog’s appetite for dirt is accompanied by lethargy, decreased appetite, or unexplained weight loss, take your pet for blood work and other tests that may be recommended by your veterinarian.