Most animals have a far better understanding of what their dietary needs are than the average human does. Herbaceous animals in the wild are constantly on the move looking for the right plant materials to fill their requirements. Although plants contain trace minerals, the age of the plant and quality of the soil from which it's grown has a big impact on the foliage's mineral levels.
To meet their dietary needs they have to find additional sources of digestible minerals. I've watched deer lined up along hillside outcrops, as if it were a drive through, all waiting for their turn at their favorite mineral lick.
The need for some plant consumption by our human companions (dogs and cats to name a few) is absolutely normal and there are dozens of theories out there on why they like to graze. I certainly think taste has a something to do with it.
I raise Rhodesian Ridgebacks and I've seen them chew blades of grass from specific clumps. They also love to pick their own huckleberries and I've even watched my female take her older puppies to a wild raspberry patch, where she would carefully nip, then drop the berries to show her puppies how it's done. After all the years of raising, breeding, training and showing dogs, I thought I knew everything, I needed to know about nutrition for my dogs health and hadn't given much thought to the need for mineral supplements until I almost lost one of my dogs from a mineral deficiency.
I moved to a new place back in 1996 and within a few months my Ridgeback male "Saber" began to get sick. The first symptom I noticed was "obsessive" grass eating, which he would later vomit back up. A little grass chewing is O.K., but Saber was down right mowing it! Next he began hunching up with abdominal cramps, developed diarrhea and began to stagger. His diet hadn't changed and I couldn't find anything toxic he could have ingested. Luckily, I have a great veterinarian who quickly ruled out poisons and diagnosed him with
Pancreatitis. This is also known as "Garbage Gut", a condition dogs develop when they've eaten indigestible, intestinal blocking substances which can lead to Malabsorption Syndrome. Doc said to recheck the whole property and I did. No garbage, rotting deer carcass, bones, offal (or awful) things were out there. Next Doc said to check his stool. (My dog's that is.)
First I had to find it! Then I had to sieve it. Not fun, but at last I found the culprit! Clump after clump of clay! The soil in the area had a high clay content and he was getting a steady supply from all the grass he'd been chewing.
So what was wrong with his diet that compelled him to overgraze? His dog food was good and hadn't changed. What about water? I was using the existing storage tank and rainwater collection system while my well was being drilled.
Rainwater does not contain the minerals that water, which has percolated through the ground, does. So, nature compelled him to find another source! I was lucky to have such a good Vet help me find the answers, before it was too late.
Because the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a large breed dog, I buy a 50lb. bag of food. I add about ¼ cup of Pureganic Mineral Powder to the dry food and mix it into the top 8 inches and repeat as the bag empties. It looks chalky at first but is later absorbed into the feed.
For small dogs and cat food a pinch mixed in with their regular pet food, once daily should be enough.
Pureganic Mineral Powder is organic certified, which means it is safe for consumption by all life forms and does not contain additives, preservatives or growth hormones.
Now for the official footnote: These products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are for research and experimental purposes only. Pureganic Minerals makes no health claims. Statements pertaining to mental, specific or overall health improvement are based on the owners personal experience and the experiences of our customers wish to share.