Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?
Most of the canines eat grass sometimes and some do it more than often. Humans wonder what are the reasons for their canines doing this?
Dogs probably eat grass for a number of reasons
Grass eating can be a sign of boredom or just something a canine does to play or past time but there are also certain health related reasons attached to the same.
- Gastrointestinal (GI) upset — If left alone to choose canines that have an upset tummy will consume grass instinctively. They know that it will make them vomit. Grass eating helps trigger a certain bowel movement that helps them in times of discomfort and releasing the toxins from the body..
- To eliminate parasites in the intestine
- Fulfilling specific nutrient requirements
- Balancing the system – Canines have a knack to understand that they have to balance their internal system and grass contains fibre that helps dogs do that.
Grass has a good amount of fibre. It contains good levels of potassium and chlorophyll along with digestive enzymes.
Always keep your vet posted regarding the grass eating behaviour and the result of it, if the behaviour is taking place often
If your dog eats grass regularly which causes vomit then please do make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Experts recommend that adding probiotics and digestive enzymes can benefit dogs with “sensitive stomachs.”
Also, always make sure the grass your dog is nibbling on is free of any added agents like pesticides.
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Assessment of your dog’s poop is of utmost importance.
It is a rather unpleasant thing to do but an important one
Stomach ache, cramps, stool issues which can be related to digestion cannot be communicated by our canine friends to us. So it becomes our responsibility to monitor them closely for any signs. One of the best ways of doing it is monitoring the poop.
Different Dog Poops
To just give an overview
- A healthy canine stool is moist and firm, and has a mild odor.
- Dogs that are fed kibble typically have large quantities of poop for multiple reasons but mainly so because most kibble manufacturers add unnaturally high amounts of fiber. The poop smell of a kibble eating dog is way stronger.
- Raw fed dogs, on the other hand, tend to produce significantly less poop that is also smaller in size, firmer, and significantly less stinky.
- Ever wondered why is it that there is a white chalky poop that your dog excretes and what is related to? This is mainly due to dogs eating raw food that are too high in calcium. This may also lead to constipation.
One should always be noticing the smell and look of your dog’s poop regardless of your dog’s diet. So that you will be able to note any changes in frequency, consistency, size, colour, or smell.
One thing that troubles most pet parents and our beloved pets is diarrhoea, and diarrhoea can have different characteristics depending on its cause.
Please Visit Your Vet
If any diarrhoea problem does not clears up by itself within a day or so please make an appointment with your veterinarian.
- Recurrent bouts of diarrhoea,
- Sluggish behaviour after diarrhoea,
- Change in behaviour,
- Running a bit of fever,
It’s important to bring a sample of your dog’s stool to your appointment. This will help your vet identify potential underlying causes for the diarrhoea.
Cranberry and Blueberries are great foods to have as a part of your pet’s diet.
As an ingredient cranberry is found in commercial pet foods and is marketed on the basis of improving your pet’s urinary tract health. It helps to strengthen the pet’s diet with antioxidants and it also enables a pet parent to add fruits to the diet of dogs or cats
Nutrient Content of Cranberries
Cranberries are packed with vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain a number of essential minerals including iron, copper, and magnesium. They are also an excellent source of dietary fibre.
The cranberry is high in sugars naturally so the best way to give cranberry is naturally fresh or frozen ones. Please do not give it in juice form as it contains more sugar.
So if you’ve been considering adding cranberries to your feline’s diet in any form you should consult your regular vet beforehand.
Cranberries in Dog and Cat Food
For dog and cat urinary tract health, choosing an organic cranberry extract is recommended.
- If your goal is to increase antioxidants in your pet’s diet by adding a few fruits, you can feed fresh or frozen cranberries in moderation as treats as recommended by your vet.
Blueberries are very palatable as a fruit. The fruit is available all year round and it makes a good treat for dogs and cats. Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and are also a good source of fibre, manganese and vitamins C, E and K
It also makes the brain activity healthy and helps perform better
Blueberries are a more potent source of antioxidants than any other fruit.
Replacing one of the processed treats you feed each day with fresh or frozen blueberries is a great way to increase antioxidants in your pet’s diet but pls recommend your vet before doing so.
The best way to give blueberry is naturally fresh or frozen ones. Please do not give it in juice form as it contains more sugar.
Please consult your vet before making any changes to your pet’s diet