Why Dogs Eat Grass: Causes and Prevention
First, rest assured that you’re not alone in your concern, especially if your dog is eating grass and vomiting. Sometimes pica indicates that your dog has some type of nutritional deficiency, though it is often simply a sign of boredom, especially when practiced by puppies and younger dogs. Dogs eating grass is actually quite common and this form of pica does not usually cause too many problems. One small-scale study of 49 dog owners whose dogs had regular access to grass and other plants found that 79% of the dogs had eaten plants at some time. Another survey about plant-eating dogs found that grass was the most commonly eaten plant.
Some people propose that dogs might turn to eating grass when they don’t feel well as a way to make themselves vomit, and then feel better. Others dispute this idea, on the basis that dogs are not proven to be smart enough to decide to treat an upset stomach by eating grass. Evidence suggests that most dogs that eat grass aren’t unwell beforehand, or at least they don’t seem so. Grass-eating doesn’t usually lead to throwing up – less than 25% of dogs that eat grass vomit regularly after grazing. Three days after putting the dog on a high-fiber diet, the owner reported that the dog stopped eating grass entirely.
If you suspect your dog is eating grass because he’s bored, it might be beneficial to be sure he’s getting enough exercise. To make sure the plants in and around the area where your dog is eating grass aren’t dangerous, check the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center web site, which maintains a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.
Healthy Pet Happy Pet – Veterinary Medical Center of Fort Mill
At VMC, we want to partner with you to enhance and prolong the quality and quantity of your pet’s life. The medical exam, vaccines, and parasite prevention recommendations veterinary visits provide are just part of the equation to keep your pet healthy. Truthfully, the daily care you provide with complete and balanced nutrition, proper grooming, and exercise/emotional well being is just as essential to maintain the health of your pet. The first step is our Healthy Pet Experience, which is a one-on-one veterinary consultation with you and your pet addressing the medical aspects of your pet’s health. The second step is returning to enjoy our Happy Pet Experiences.
These are completely FREE educational seminars for our pet parents an all the important topics. We have 3 core classes: Grooming, Nutrition, and Training. We also have additional classes: Introduction to Pet Parenthood & Learning all about Your pet’s Dental Health. We love when pet parents feel educated and empowered about how to best care for their furry family members, so the more you learn the more you earn!! Pet Parents that attend our 3 core classes reach V.I.P.
Status in our practice. Our V.I.P clients instantly receive a gift certificate for free Medical Exam to use anytime, 10% off all exams for the lifetime they are a VMC client, special privileges at our yearly events, and discounts at other local pet related businesses that recognize the benefits of partnering with such knowledgeable pet owners.
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter – Helping Santa Cruz County animals in need
We’re currently celebrating 10 years at our Rodriguez Street/7th Avenue location! As Santa Cruz County’s only open-admission shelter, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter provides animal rescue, regulation and humane care that protect the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Santa Cruz County. We currently rescue and assure safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for over 5,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, neglected and injured animals each year. SCCAS provides two locations for owners to find and recover their lost pets and adopt new animal companions. Our shelters are tangible evidence of Santa Cruz County’s commitment to animal welfare.
They are supported by numerous volunteers and foster care families who provide thousands of hours of assistance to shelter staff at both shelter locations. We’d love to have you visit us or join us as a volunteer!
Everything You Need For Your Pet
From dogs to birds and everything in between, Healthy Pet West Linn has you covered with everything you need to keep your furry, scaly or feathered friends happy and healthy. We carry the industry’s best brands of dry and wet food, as well as unique and creative toys for all the pets in your life. When it comes to supplies you can count on Healthy Pet West Linn to provide you with all you’ll need to keep your animal happy and healthy all year long!
Joint & Skin Support Supplements for Pets
Happy Go Healthy Joint & Skin Support Supplement is designed to holistically help support joint, bone, skin, coat and gut health, using simple ingredients that deliver an abundance of wholesome benefits for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Supports optimum skin and coat texture, in addition to joint and brain health. Supports healthy digestive and immune systems in dogs.