Grass Eating Dogs ~ Now You Know

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. I was asked by H. Murphy, “why do you good dogs eat grass?” I actually don’t eat grass much but my furSister Suzie Q is an expert.

Some humans think we eat grass because we have an upset stomach. Sometimes that’s why, but usually not. It is also believed that a bad diet will cause grass eating, but studies have shown that generally, this isn’t why either. Boredom, nutritional deficiencies or pica (eating things that aren’t food) are all considered as possible reasons for grass eating, but there is no consensus.

It may be that some dogs simply like to eat grass. In Suzie’s case, she had a hard life before she joined our family. She might have began eating grass simply because she was hungry all the time & acquired a taste for it.

Although most experts agree that grazing itself isn’t harmful, one thing to keep in mind is that certain herbicides & pesticides used on lawns can be toxic to dogs. Additionally, a number of common house & garden plants are toxic, which could lead to problems if your good dog ingests them. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center maintains a list of toxic & non-toxic plants that you can research.

After speaking with Suzie Q, I’ve concluded that good dogs eat grass because we like it. Unless there is an underlying issue such as Pica, it may be that simple. Now you Know.

CEO Olivia

Does Your Good Dog Ingest Strange Objects – Pica in Dogs

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Eating things that are not food is a disorder called Pica. The most common thing a dog suffering from Pica will eat is rocks but they might eat other things such as clothing, cardboard or plastic. Obviously this can be very harmful to the dog.

There are generally two causes of pica in dogs. First is a lack of nutrition, either from eating poor quality food or from poor digestion due to an underlying medical condition. The second cause is a compulsive disorder often triggered by boredom.

If you think your good dog may be suffering from Pica you should have a thorough examination by your vet. A complete blood screening, a biochemical profile & urinalysis will be required. Abdominal x-rays should also be done to determine if there are any gastrointestinal abnormalities such as a tumor or foreign bodies that were ingested and stuck in the stomach or intestines.

If Pica is a compulsive disorder, proper training, more play time & plenty of exercise may be the key. A Knotty Toy would be ideal for playing tug or fetch.

Here are some links for further reading.

ASPCA article on Pica

Vetinfo.com article on Pica

Dogster.com article on compulsive Pica

CEO Olivia

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