Should You Worry If Your Dog Is Eating Grass?
Do you often feel that instead of ‘woof’, your dog will ‘moo’ like a cow?
Umm… May be you might not have trimmed your lawn. So, the dog may be doing his duty to keep the lawn look pretty and clean. Ah.. Bad joke. Isn’t it? While this may be rib-tickling thought for some, a few pet owners, like you, may find this concern to be very serious. But, should you really worry about it?
Centuries ago, pet owners associated grass easting with illness. They thought that if their dog is eating grass, this is probably because the dog wants to clear his tummy and vomit all that is troubling him inside. This is certainly not the complete truth. According to a report, less than 25% of dogs that consume grass tend to puke after a while.
Many a times it is seen that both wild and domesticated dogs develop a behaviour of eating grass (or anything else that is not dog food) and it poses no harm to the animal’s health. Some of the experts even claim that eating plants and grass is actually beneficial for dogs as it supports them in improving digestion.
If your dog eats grass once in a while, it may not be the sign of a medical issue. But, if such behaviour is repeated continuously, there may be something very serious, such as ‘pica’. It is basically a disorder found in animals, including dogs. This disorder is most common in young dogs and is caused due to several reasons, viz.
- Vitamin deficiency
- Parasitic infection
- Stomach tumor
- Neurological diseases
“Don’t worry!! The good news is that the treatment of pica is actually possible.”
According to EverythingTail Vet on Call Dr. Purushotham, a recognized vet in Bangalore, pica’s treatment is completely dependent on whether the disorder caused as a result of medical or psychological conditions.
If the disorder has been caused by psychological behaviour issues, regular exercise and increased mental and physical stimulation can be the ideal ailment. This will help the dog in reducing stress and boredom.
If all the members in your family stay at work during the maximum part of the day, look for a daycare facility, where your pet can enjoy the comfort of home and make new friends that woof together. If you are traveling to a place where pets are not allowed, you can choose the option of dog boarding where the caretakers will ensure that the dog is eating right, playing right and having a fun time, overall. In case, these things do not work for you, you can hire a dog sitter to take care of your dog while you are away from home. To ensure security, do install CCTV cameras at home.
If the disorder is a result of medical conditions, consult a veterinarian for effective medications. If the doctor recommends changes in the dog’s diet, do it as prescribed and try to include foods that are rich in vitamins and other essential nutrients. Some of the best super foods for your dog include carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, fish, pumpkin, seaweed, chia seeds, blueberries, and yogurt.
Observe your dog’s behaviour regularly and make sure you look after him like a toddler. The dog must never feel left out. Even after this, if the dog seems to show signs of pics (like eating grass regularly), consult a vet as soon as possible.
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