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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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How do I choose a suitable tablet supplement for my dog who

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How do I choose a suitable tablet supplement for my dog who is eating earth and sand?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. It's unlikely that Nelson is lacking in a micronutrient but you can certainly dose him with a canine over the counter vitamin-mineral supplement found where dog supplies are sold. You've described pica (ingestion of non-food items). Gastrointestinal disorders, dental and oral disease, central nervous system disturbances such as brain tumors or hydrocephalus, electrolyte imbalances, metabolic diseases, and toxins such as lead can induce licking, sucking, chewing, and picas, licking of owners, and air licking. Picas may also be caused by excessive restriction of calories (i.e. weight loss diets) and any medical condition that could cause polyphagia (increased hunger). Similarly, numerous medical conditions from Cushing's disease to diabetes insipidus might induce polydipsia (increased thirst). Licking, chewing, polyphagia, polydipsia, and picas can also be a side effect of drug therapy. In geriatric pets, repetitive behaviors including licking, chewing, and picas might be associated with brain aging and cognitive dysfunction.

It's not unreasonable to check his ability to digest food with the TLI blood test and to see if he's absorbing digested food efficiently by checking his serum folate (duodenal malabsorption) and vitamin B12 levels (ileal malabsorption). Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you very much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 29 days ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.