Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt? 

Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt?

Dogs eating dirt can be a sign of a nutritional deficiency, boredom, or even medical condition.

Nutritional Deficiency

Dogs may eat dirt if they are lacking in certain nutrients, such as iron or zinc.


Dogs may also eat dirt if they are bored or seeking attention.

Medical Condition

In some cases, dogs may eat dirt if they have a medical condition, such as pica or allergies.


Pica is a disorder that causes dogs to eat non-food items, such as dirt, rocks, or paper.


Dogs with allergies may eat dirt to try to relieve the itching and discomfort caused by their allergies.

What to Do

If you think your dog is eating dirt, it is important to take them to the veterinarian to rule out any medical conditions.

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