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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

WHY YOUR DOG EATS GRASS


IF YOU SEE YOUR DOG EATING GRASS...

Don't be alarmed if you see your dog eating grass. Grass isn't bad for canines and the fact that they are eating grass is not an indication that they are ill. 

Sometimes I think I am living with a herd of cattle, instead of a pack of dogs! Here's the proof!

Tasha, Abby, Jordie, Stevie and Zoey on a grass coffee break

SO, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EATING GRASS?

Dogs do like to have greens in their diet…grass contains nutrients that are beneficial to a dogs health. If you do not provide fresh greens in you dogs daily diet he will likely go looking for greens on his own. Even though my dogs get a diet rich in fresh, nutrient rich soluble fibers (from fresh fruit and veggies) they still love to chew fresh grass on a daily basis in the summer and the dried brown grasses in the fall and winter. 

Robbie's found his own stash of sweet grass
There is also an enzyme in grass that is beneficial to a dog's digestive system. Every so often dogs eat grass to help them regurgitate something that is irritating their digestive tract or just not sitting well in their stomach.

Diets that are high in protein can slow the digestive system - the fibre in grass helps aid the digestive process.

Sometimes you will see your dog bring up yellow foamy bile. This does not mean that they are sick - it is normal. However if your dog continues to throw up bile multiple times (more than a few times) over the span of a day or several days you should get your dog to a Veterinarian.

Fibre and amino acids present in grass help to stimulate the digestive system and aid blood flow. 

Just as antioxidants are beneficial to humans - so to for dogs. Grass is a source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to prevent heart disease, strokes and cancer, they also aid the health of the immune system. 

Grass also contains niacin and other B group vitamins, which aid the metabolism, stimulate the nervous system, and help maintain healthy fur and skin. 


...and don't forget canines love to chew on stuff! Most of the time my dogs just eat grass because they enjoy it. 

Sarah's found a good patch of grass too!
And, by the way - size does not matter - grass is as popular with my really small dogs, like Carmen my Chihuahua and Jacob my 4 pound Pomeranian as it is for the big guys!

When I am outside doing chores, the dogs will often munch grass - especially the longer blades - so kind of them to remind me that I need to get the grass trimmer out.

When the dogs are off-leash on the trails they have favorite patches of long grasses that they all partake of. In the winter - the tall dry meadow grasses are a favorite.

Given the opportunity, my dogs also love to munch on my bunnies' timothy and dry sweet grasses.

When it comes to your dog eating grass, the only thing to be concerned about is to make sure your canine never eats grass that has been treated with herbicides and pesticides.


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When choosing to use any of the items or protocols in the article above, it is your responsibility to ensure safe use of the item/protocol. Food, herbs, nutraceuticals and alternative medicines all have drug interactions, most have health issue contradictions, some have side effects. Use of substances and protocols are your responsibility. Prior to use of any substance or protocol make sure you do your research - check for all cautions, contradictions,interactions, side effects. If in doubt do not use the substance or protocol. If the substance, or protocol is contradicted for your animal do not use. If your animal has an underlying condition you are not aware of substances may conflict with that condition.

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If you use a ‘natural’ substance (i.e. an herb) you are using a natural substance, this is not synonymous with holistic.

Holistic is a way of approaching life, and within that - overall health, and wellbeing.

Please do not expect a natural substance to miraculously remedy a health or behavioral situation. A natural substance may be used to treat symptoms. However, if the factors causing the underlying issue are not properly identified, analyzed and addressed you do not have a remedy.

Remedy requires a comprehensive approach that identifies root cause, seeks to remove items that trigger, cause or otherwise contribute to issues, and builds a complete, and detailed approach to immediate treatment, remedy, and maintenance of long-term health = holistic.

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