Welcome to PetForums

Join thousands of other pet owners and pet lovers on the UK's most popular and friendly pet community and discussion forum.

Sign Up

Question for raw feeders - dog eating soil

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Colliemad, Jan 23, 2012.


  1. Colliemad

    Colliemad PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi i noticed on my walk yesterday one of my dogs scoffing soil off the top of a mole hill! Ive been raw feeding for a few months now, could he be lacking in something? Was wondering if he was trying 2 get minerals from the soil or do they just like the taste? havent noticed this before. Thanks
     
  2. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    12,938
    Likes Received:
    228
    hmm mine eat grass but havent seen them eat soil
    I suppose it could have been a particularly delicious piece of soil, fresh from deep underground

    Do you follow the offal,meat, bone ratio to some extent with a variety of protein sources?
    if so I would have thought they are getting what they need but just fancied a tasty snack
     
  3. Colliemad

    Colliemad PetForums Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2011
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    0
    I use mainly natural instinct chicken or turkey, also tripe lamb ribs chicken wings and thighs and hav recently introduced liver and heart, they also get egg, sardines and the odd bit of fruit and veg. Is this enough variety? One of my dogs doesnt seem to get on with tripe so he doesnt get that but it wasnt him i saw eating soil. Natural instinct says its complete so they should get everything they need from that shouldnt they?
     
  4. janjim3

    janjim3 PetForums Junior

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2012
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    3
    As a new dog owner I am not qualified to answer this however, I have recently read somewhere that this is not unusual, indeed, our own little Shih Tzu likes to root around in the earth as evidenced by his brown/black tongue which is normally pink!! I will state however that our little one is currently under investigation for Inflammatory Bowel Disease which I am sure is not connected to this liking for soil, ( he has not had the opportunity lately as he is watched like a hawk ) Try Googling 'dogs eating soil' as I am sure that you will get some excellent results and advice. Regards, Jim :eek:
     
  5. Goblin

    Goblin PetForums VIP

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    9,334
    Likes Received:
    5,937
    Was it just soil? If he doesn't make a habit of it I would suggest there may have been something interesting in the soil.

    Your feeding list sounds good although don't see other organs in the list such as kidney. I would also like to see a bit more red meat but appreciate this is not always possible and you have stated heart.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice