Dog Licking Concrete

Posted by Earlene (Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.) on 10/29/2007

I know of a dog who licks smooth concrete and would like to know why. He has cluster seizures and is on medication. Could these be related? Thank you.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

It's a pica disorder, or an eating disorder where a dog has a zinc deficiency will lead to this kind of behavior. It is the same as children eating dirt or horse chewing on wood.

There are several causes, most common is zinc deficiency, lead toxicity, mercury toxicity, or heavy metal toxicity which leads to this kind of behavior. Whenever there is high heavy metal toxicity, an appropriate zinc, magnesium and alkalization often will stop both the pica disorder and seizures if a zinc and magnesium is indicated.

Magnesium reduces the toxicity of heavy metal and hence, addition of chinese parsley (coriander) or a small amount of disodium EDTA added into the drinking water should remove the heavy metal. Heavy metals causes the "electrical shortage" in the neural brain. Hence myelin sheath which insulates the nerves from "shorting" or epileptic seizures.

However, excess heavy metal can cause shorting just the same. The addition of granulated lecithin to a dog, about 1 teaspoon a day mixed with food with 1/4 teaspoon of disodium EDTA, plus some zinc and magnesium citrate supplements and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda added to the drinking water should noticeably reduced the epileptic seizures within a month - at least that's my observations.

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
06/18/2011

I was wondering if liquid cell food would be just as good as EDTA? the contents are close it has;oxygen, trace minerals, plant source, amino acids and enzymes? I needed to know rather quickly because a friend of mine;her dog is over weight and having seizures. I too recently put my dogs on a strict diet they are very small but very fat, now I give them nothing but fresh veggies minus gassy veggies such as cabbage, cauliflower, no onions, they love fruits, no raisins or grapes, they can choke on thin skins.

So will the cell food work? Thanks.