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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Heidi is eating dirt!

Several times, I have caught Heidi eating dirt in the backyard! It is in a particular spot where she lays, and unbeknownst to her (I hope) the ashes of two cats are buried under there. Any ideas on why she is doing this? Could she be needing iron in her diet or something? I tell her to stop it.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 12:06 PM
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Mine have always eat dirt, and they eat grass often also, as far as I know it has never been harmful to them.

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The girls(Chevy and Thunder have always eaten dirt, particularly potting soil which I do everything to stop. Lucky recently started eating dirt. I assumed their lacking something in their diet. I was going to start a thread but Ill just watch yours . Thanks Bridget. My four GSDs all ate grass. My husband call them German Heifer hounds.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 12:48 PM
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Mine does the same thing, but every year in the spring, she comes down with some mysterious illness that at one point, she was thisclose to dying

I do not spray my yard / no chemicals..At one point, the "illness" was possibly diagnosed as getting some type of bacteria / fungus out of the soil in the spring when all the stuff is coming alive.

With that, I have had her on Nutramin, something suggested to me a few months ago. I have not seen her eating dirt again..It contains alot of essential minerals.

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my guy goes for this spot of reddish clay/soil. I was wondering if he's after minerals. he got diarrhea for no apparent reason on my carpet (on my birthday) so I usually stop him eating sticks or dirt

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I thought Scout was just eating dirt until I realized my neighbour's cat uses our front garden as a litter box ... now I keep her away from there! Any chance there are cats in your area doing the same?!
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 03:22 PM
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I think it might be grubs. That is the conclusion I came to with mine. I believe they can feel the vibration and know exactly where to get a snack.

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Wow, lots of interesting ideas! Thanks everybody. Sounds like, with the exception of Diane's dog, none of them have suffered too much from it. Makes me feel better anyhow.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 08:41 PM
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llombardo, you could very well be right about the grubs,,I see Masi and Jag when he was here, go for the dead looking grass spots, not huge spots, and rip the grass/dirt whatever UP and eat it...

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Two of my girls are off their feed, but perfectly happy to ingest toys. I am ready to throw in the towel. If they had dirt available to them, they'd probably be eating that.

Other people have had no problem with the new Diamond formulas, but they added a bunch of antioxidents, etc., supposedly to make the stuff better. But, they didn't raise the price, and, there isn't any Santa Claus. So, I have been sticking it out, hoping that they adjust to the new formula, but its like they just don't like it anymore.

Ah well, maybe I should add some dirt. They'd probably eat it then.

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