28 Nov | Posted by Jelena Ciric | no comments |
Canines are naturally voracious species.
Their most delicious meal usually consists of meat. Or vegetables and cereals AND meat. They are not natural herbivores, nor do they intend to become.
So why does your pet, having devoured his daily dose of juicy meaty kibble or kibble meat, go outside to sniff around and find himself some grass to chew?
There is no universal explanation for this phenomenon. No, your dog doesn’t have an identity crisis. He doesn’t suddenly wake up one day and think he has become a cow. Our common sense tells us that it probably has to do with nutrition. His diet might lack fiber, so he tries to compensate it by grazing. You may switch to another kind of food, the one that has more fiber. If he stops eating grass, you’ve identified and solved the problem.
On the other hand, Mr. Smarty-Pants may have adopted this habit out of boredom. You know how these cute shredders act when they are on their own. They just love to practice and improve their teeth efficiency. They investigate and experience the world through their mouths. Things are good or bad if they taste good or bad.
Some dog parents think their pets actually like the grass taste. If yours is one of those weirdos, consider buying him or her a haystack for winter supplies.
Some dogs do it to heal their digestion problems, as suspected by their owners. It’s kind of what we humans do when trying to relieve our digestion problems with a nice cup of tea. Since dogs aren’t too fond of beverages, they may choose to swallow some grass to make their tummies feel better. Some owners even report that their dogs do it to cause vomiting.
Only trouble is, too few dogs actually vomit.
Furthermore, too many furry grazers just don’t show any symptoms of ache or digestion problems. They behave normally, they are cheerful and absolutely don’t look as if they felt any pain.
The self-healing theory would make dogs look like expert botanists. Unfortunately, they are not well versed with picking up the right herb to chew. Last year there was a tragic case in Colorado, where a dog poisoned herself to death by eating water hemlock, one of the most lethal plants in North America. Few leaves are all it takes to kill an adult dog in less than an hour.
This doesn’t mean you should start panicking. It only means you should be careful when taking your dog for a walk in nature. Water hemlock is an extremely dangerous plant, but luckily dogs aren’t inclined to eat it. However, there are other harmful things. Herbicides and different kinds of chemicals are in extensive use nowadays.
So, once you eliminate possible health or diet issues your dog might have, keep an eye on him, and let him fulfill his all-swallowing dreams only while playing on your own lawn.