Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Salt Blocks

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Mooroopna
    Posts
    100

    Default Salt Blocks

    Do dogs ever need salt blocks? I have noticed my dog is licking a lot of things lately and wondering if that means she needs something?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Southern NSW
    Posts
    3,784

    Default

    He might need something, but high amount is not healthy for dogs, unlike horses. horses sweat a lot, hence the need for salt.

    We give our dogs Kelp, Vit C&E, Glucosamine/chondrointon. Our dogs get natural Calcium from Bones.

    We also feed RAW, which includes a lot of fruit/veg/oats/rice and lupins

    A lot of the dog food has all the needed extras. But often when dogs lack in certain minerals they will try to search for them
    Pets are forever

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Somewhere between here and there
    Posts
    447

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by alacrityvirtue View Post
    Do dogs ever need salt blocks? I have noticed my dog is licking a lot of things lately and wondering if that means she needs something?

    Licking can just be a response to stress in some dogs, every time something in my brothers fairly set routine changes his dog responds by licking everything he can get his tongue in contact with, he normally settles after 7-10 days but settles quicker with the odd spray of vinegar/citric/bitter apple wiped over surfaces to discourage him.

    If your dog is specifically seeking and licking salty/sweet etc things and drinking more and a little flat looking I would be making a vets visit or call as it can be an early indicator of an underlying problem.
    ALL kittens are devil spawn wrapped in cuteness!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    12,581

    Default

    My dog licks by way of appeasement or trying to make friends, which is guaranteed to have the opposite of her desired effect on my brother.

    She also licks the salt off me because it tastes good. She doesn't like to drink seawater tho so everything in moderation. I think there is more than enough sodium chloride in the average dog's diet especially if you include any commercial dog food.

    And puppies lick everything in the same way as toddlers and babies stuff everything into their mouths. It's another way of learning about the world.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •