A bushy green lawn, with blades of tall green grass can be a fabulous smorgasbord for your dog! As with any food buffet, the privilege to linger until you get your fill, happens with dogs too. Canines are omnivores, meaning they enjoy vegetation in addition to meat products. So eating grass is normal, if done in moderation. However, If your dog binges on grass, this is a sign of an upset stomach. Your dog feels the need to remove discomfort of gas, constipation, or diarrhea, and eating grass acts as a stimulant to encourage vomiting. By emptying the stomach your dog is pursuing attempts to feel better. That’s right, your dog is smart, and know when its time to improve digestion. Such instinctive behavior help to fulfill a nutritional need. So, before you become annoyed, or consider steps to take-up with the obsession of your dog’s behavior of eating grass, re-evaluate the situation, and allow your dog to provide self-care. Your dog, more than likely is purposefully adding some roughage, and using it as an antidote for spoiled food. In addition, it is comforting to know that grass has digestive enzymes, hence an eatable benefit. On the other side of your dog’s mysterious behavior for eating grass, is that your dog, and most dogs, just love the taste of grass!
There is an important caution about dogs eating grass. Be well-assured the grass eaten by your dog, has not been sprayed, or treated with pesticides ie lawn fertilizers. The only way to keep in-touch for your dog’s safety, is to be cognizant of your dog’s activity, surroundings, and movements. Of course, this should be easy, because you do want to discipline, care, and love your dog!
Now that you’ve learned the normalcy of your dog’s behavior to eat grass either in moderation, or excessively, this is the moment, to monitor your dog’s diet! That’s right, all that good home-cooked dog meals, treats, and scraps from the family dining table, ravished with delight by your dog, will need to change. Change creates new schedules, strange preparations, patience and perseverance. But, all for the happiness of your dog.
To start, let’s give ourselves a prompting counsel code: DOG DIET DEMAND (DDD) Keep a mental note of DDD, as it will encourage you to investigate more about your dog’s breed-type, habits, activity, health-care as well as the amount of attention and discipline your dog is receiving. Your dog is smart in many self-help ways, but dependency on you for health-care purposes are imperative. Because our focus is about your dog’s behavior of eating grass, the DDD recommendation is to provide a high fiber diet. Many food practices have been used, but the following are resolves to help your dog feel better:
Plan your dog’s high fiber diet by choosing first, a palatable meal in medium portions or in amounts you consider appropriate for your dog’s size and breed. Prepare and serve the following once or twice a day:
1. Soft-cooked rice mixed with cooked shredded boiled chicken.
2. Boiled potato chunks, mixed with shredded boiled chicken.
3. Once you’ve discovered your dog’s digestive behavior improved, return to your dry meal mixture. Most commercially prepared dog foods have plenty of fiber.
Besides being prompted by DDD, always include exercise. Favorite exercises for your dog are Walking, Running, Jumping, Romping, Throw & Fetch, and for those who love the water, Swimming! Whatever your dog’s breed, remember canine’s instinctive desire is to be active. Allow this privilege, for the world provides so much ground space to keep your dog active, let’s take advantage of these opportunities. It’s free! In addition, always include discipline, and love to your DDD Menu.
by JudithCatherine Lam