My dogs dig grass
is what I told this elderly gentleman as he pulled up to the corner stop sign in this baaaadd vintage convertible sports car and became temporarily fixated watching the Boys munch on a patch of grass…
I laughed when he said they looked like miniature cows without the spots, then smiled and drove off.
But as I looked at Jaxson, I realized – he was right…
DOGS AND GRASS –
Harley was a sick puppy (literally) when he first started feasting on grass. He battled a serious war against Giardia which required months of medication. Periodically, his digestive system would unravel.
Those were the days he’d ingest a few blades of natures green tonic and then throw up.
Doodle Dad would then tell me stories about his childhood dog “Snap” who ate grass to make himself vomit and self heal his tummy issues.
Because I never had a dog before Harley and Lee only had one dog growing up – I thought his tales was both gross and insane. Later I realized these were in fact – #truestories.
Back in the fifty’s and sixties, owners (they weren’t called pet parents then) intentionally sent their dogs outside in the backyard to eat grass if the dogs displayed signs of upset stomachs. Veterinary care was for the rich and famous. #saysLee
Many dogs eat grass. They ingest it, then vomit and feel fine. It seems to take care of whatever may be bothering them.
But what if they’re not sick? –
SO WHY DO THEY DO IT? –
dogs will seek out a natural remedy for a gassy or upset stomach, and grass may do the trick: When ingested, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining; this sensation, in turn, may cause the dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped down rather than chewed.AKC
If you think about it, dogs have been known to devour anything and everything to fulfill their basic dietary requirements.
In some cases, dogs WILL gravitate towards the “green fields of delight” due to an underlying gastrointestinal disease. It’s up to us humans to know our dogs behavior and recognize sudden changes like:
- weight loss concurrent with grass-induced vomiting
Signs such as these are worthy of a call to the vet.
IT’S A SPECIES THING –
Harley nor Jaxson –
- have any underlining G.I. issues
- suffer from dietary deficiencies
- have a fiber deficiency
- are that bored and/or stressed.
So why in the Doodle do they do it?
After reading waaaaay more articles on this subject than I needed to, I came to this conclusion –
Like cows, goats, sheep deer, elk and even zebra’s – my Doods dig grass!
It’s pretty much like dirty socks, wet washcloths, and old tennis balls lying in the gutter. They enjoy the way it tastes…
Harley & Jaxson’s plant grazing (in my opinion) is inherited behavior similar to their ancestors who survived in the wild!
Doodle Doc and many other veterinarians consider grass eating a normal dog behavior. There’s absoDOODLEtutely no nutritional value either #anothermyth. As long as there are no dangerous fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides on the grass – they’re Golden #asindoodle
GRAZING IN THE GRASS –
Since I doubt seriously either of them will ever grow out of this obsession, I’ve decided to grow my own weed. LOL 🙂
The next phase of our DIY outdoor projects is about to get underway – the backyard. We’re having a deck built off from the kitchen and I’ve decided to purchase two extra long planter boxes and grow some premium “Empire” grass in there #justforthem…
THEIR OWN PAWSONAL TROUTH!
This way I can re-train them to only chew on their own “home-grown” stash!
I plan to elevate it on the outside of the deck foundation making it Doodle head height. This way they can walk right up to it like a drive up window! #haveityourway
ALTERNATIVES TO GRASS –
On a serious note: should your dog show signs of an upset tummy, you can holistically help settle their stomach by adding (to their meals) a –
- tablespoon of plain, unsweetened yogurt
- daily probiotic to help minimize digestive episodes
- small dose of pumpkin, oatmeal, sweet potatoes or bananas
*ALWAYS make sure you check with your vet FIRST*
The Boys eat a rather limited diet of human grade food, all natural treats, fruit and veggies, so tummy upsets are rare. If there’s a need to help their digestive system, I use either pure pumpkin with/without a natural probiotic.
I continue to look for that elderly gentleman each time I walk that route. One day we will meet again and I shall hand him a GGDB card and tell him he inspired this post. Something tells me – he’ll be tickled.
Are your dogs “doing grass?” too? LOL
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