Dogs – Grass Eaters

Cats eat cat grass, why do dogs too?

A craving for unnatural, non-food items is called pica in medical terms. Some dogs just enjoy eating grass, but that does not necessarily mean that they have pica. Some little nibbling is pretty common in dogs (mine does it too), and they seem to enjoy it.

As long as your dog does not start to eat grass excessively there is no danger this little snacking will turn into pica. However, if you notice him eating a lot of grass, quite frequently, consult your veterinarian. No one really knows why some dogs eat grass, it is one of the mysteries of the dog world!

My current dog is the first grass eater, and I had several dogs. I think it is unlikely that there is a reason for dogs to nibble on grass. Maybe they like the taste, maybe they try to settle an upset stomach, we don’t really know.

If your dog is on a healthy diet and does not show signs of distress or health concerns, just let him enjoy his grass-snack. Watch though that grass eating is not turning into an obsession and keep your lawn cut short. If your dog is left in the yard for hours it might be a sign of boredom. A chew bone or some entertaining toys will help him to limit his grass intake and he can keep his mouth occupied.

If you are in doubt, take your dog to your veterinarian for a physical examination and a review of its current diet and dietary needs. So you see it is very important to train your dog on desired behaviors.

Dangerous Foods – Eating Dangerous or Poisonous Objects/Food

Puppies, young dogs, and some adult dogs are orally oriented. Just like human babies, everything goes in their mouths! This may be a habit left over from teething. It may be a way of releasing tension. It can even be breed-related. For example, Retrievers naturally pick up and carry things in their mouths. Whatever the reason, the problem begins when the item is swallowed.

The only safe bone for a dog to chew is hard rubber or pliable nylon! Giving your dog the bones of another animal to chew on is not a wise idea. Bones splinter and can lodge in the mouth, throat, or intestine.

Table scraps do not provide adequate nutrition and, therefore, should not be given to a dog. A little juice, left over from any dish, except poultry, can be poured over a high-quality dog food. Poultry juice is very difficult to digest. Raw eggs should not be given to a dog because of the risk of salmonella poisoning. Train your dog to be obedient and you’ll see that will help to keep your dog safe!

Chocolate contains theobromine and even small amounts can cause restlessness and vomiting in pets. The lethal dose of theobromine is depending on your dog’s size and the chocolate type. As little as one-half ounce of baking chocolate might already be fatal to your dog! So train your dog to obey when you order him to “leave” things.

Obviously, drugs, liquor, and tobacco are dangerous to your dog. Many pills are sugar-coated and, therefore, are attractive to dogs. Anti-freeze is sweet tasting and dogs are attracted to it. A small amount can result in irreparable brain and kidney damage, if not death. The odor of slug bait is attractive to dogs, but ingesting slug bait is lethal without medical attention.

Most indoor, and many outdoor, plants are poisonous to dogs. It can be the leaves, berries, stems, or roots that cause the poisoning. The only plant easily identifiable and safe for a dog to chew and swallow is grass. Eating grass is quite often followed by vomiting and it is thought by some researchers that the grass acts as an emetic. Some researchers also feel that many dogs simply like its taste.

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