Polaris , the six-month-old WonderPuppy, has recently began to exhibit some strange dietary preferences, namely loose dirt.
We have a designated Digging Spot for the dogs. (I decided rather than fight what appears to be in Polaris’ case to be a very powerful instinct, that I would give her a harmless area where she could dig to her heart’s content.) We also use that spot for dumping dirt we have uprooted from the new flower beds.
Every time she is let out into the yard, Polaris goes over to the pile, and eats dirt. (At least, I think it’s dirt she’s eating-- I’ve looked into her mouth and only seen mud.) She seems to love it-- I can’t break her of the habit.
Why is she eating it? I feed her very good dog food (none of that bargain crap from the grocery store) so I hesitate to imagine it’s a vitamin/mineral deficiency. Do all puppies do this? I could understand if it were once or twice as an experimentation, but she seems to look forward to it. (Sometimes she’ll even eat dirt before she eliminates.)
Should I worry about it or should I just shrug it off as one of her interesting quirks? Can anything in dirt harm a puppy? She’s never vomited or exhibited any other ill effects.