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what mineral is missing from dogs diet, eats dirt

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what mineral is missing from dog's diet, eats dirt
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 5 years ago.

Rebeccavet :

Hi JACustomer,

Rebeccavet :

Thank you for asking about Sissy.

Rebeccavet :

When a dog eats dirt, it may mean nothing. However, the most common finding is that the dog is anemic (has a low red blood cell count).

Rebeccavet :

This is usually not due to a mineral deficiency, but can be caused by many things: eating rat poison, tick borne diseases, other types of infections, a type of anemic called AIHA, and others.

Rebeccavet :

When I hear of a dog eating dirt, I usually check the red blood cell count. If it is low, I try to find the cause.

Rebeccavet :

Just adding minerals to the diet might help, but it probably won't if the dog is actually anemic.

Rebeccavet :

However, sometimes dogs just eat dirt because they like it. If Sissy is getting a good commercial dog food, she should be getting all the minerals she needs.

Customer:

she has always been on all natural food from California Natural, Fromm and recently Canidae

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