Puppy eating rocks, dirt, etc.

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    lilyh
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    We have a 16 week old English Setter Puppy. Sometimes I catch Annie eating pebbles, dirt, grass, etc. Could switching her food help?

    When we got her from the breeder she was eating Purina Large Breed Puppy Chow. We switched her to Wellness Core Puppy but her stools were incredibly loose despite supplementing with pumpkin etc, so then we switched her again to Nutrisource Large Breed Puppy. Any suggestions of the next food to try? Not sure her diet is related at all to her non-edible nibblings, but thought I would run it by the forums to get your thoughts.

    Thank you.

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    theBCnut
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    When dogs eat things that are not food it is called pica. There are several different reasons for pica. It can be because of a mineral lacking in the diet, in humans it is usually zinc. It can be because of absorption issues, in which case probiotics and digestive enzymes should help. It can be an oral fixation, like a 2 year old putting everything in their mouth, and the only thing for that is extremely close supervision and a rock solid “leave it” command. If it is an oral fixation lots of good things to chew on instead and age are really helpful.

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