Why Do Dogs Eat Rocks

Dogs have great appetites and these animals have the inclination to eat questionable (at least to us humans) things. Dog experts call this habit of ingesting non-edible things as pica. Eating non-edible items is a normal behavior of dogs but dog owners would still be puzzled by this behavior more so if the pet is provided with enough food. Most dogs would love to gnaw and eat rocks.

As mentioned, dogs love to eat rocks but this habit is most commonly seen in puppies. Puppies are naturally inquisitive and one way of discovering their world is by using their mouth. A pet parent will be amused by the pet’s chewing as if what is being chewed is bubble gum. The habit of eating rocks can endanger the life of the pet. Because rocks are hard, the teeth as well as the soft tissues inside the mouth can be damaged. The delicate digestive tract of the dog is not built to digest the hard rock thus ingestion can result to diarrhea. A blockage in the throat or on the intestinal tract that can be created if a large piece of rock is swallowed can be the cause of death of the pet.

Dogs are really good eaters. Pet owners would do anything to have the most well behaved pet but of course this is not possible as dogs are known to adapt dangerous and abhorrent behaviors. The dog’s habit of eating rocks will still puzzle a lot of pet owners. A brain disease can be one of the reasons why the dog eats rocks. However if medical conditions are ruled out, a dog owner has to think about behavioral concerns.

The dog’s propensity to eat rocks can be caused by boredom, anxiety or stress. Dogs are social animals thus they would crave social interactions with dogs and with humans. Boredom will set in if the dog is left alone at home all day. The unacceptable behaviors of dogs can be associated with boredom. Eating rocks is a manifestation that the dog is bored. Eating rocks can be the dog’s effort to get the attention of the master.

Humans would need to have various laboratory tests to know what is wrong with their body. Dogs don’t need any of these test as these animals can recognize what is wrong with their system. Rock eating can be the dog’s way of correcting an undiagnosed nutrient deficiency. When the dog starts to develop a craving for rocks ask yourself if you are being a good pet owner that provides time to bond with the dog and one that gives the dog premium quality food.

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