The owners of four-legged pets notice that the animals periodically eat grass. Moreover, shaggy “vegetarians” have no particular preferences. They are happy to use both rough plants – wheatgrass, field grasses, whitewash, and bright flowers, fresh juicy herbs. Accordingly, the question arises: “Why does the dog eat grass?”
Myths about this
Some dog breeders believe that eating greens is necessary for their pets in order to:
- Replenish your diet with fresh vitamins.
- To cure some disease.
- Free the stomach from rotting food and excess bile.
- Cleanse the digestive system of worms.
- Clean teeth from plaque and eliminate unpleasant odor from the mouth, etc.
As you can see, there are a lot of versions of non-professionals, but professional veterinarians doubt the validity of these myths.
At first, Scientists argue that predatory animals do not have enzymes in their stomachs that can assimilate nutrients from fresh herbs. In nature, the ancestors of dogs ate herbivores along with the contents of the stomach, which had already been processed with enzymes and enzymes. In addition, dog breeders have noticed that even those dogs who receive a balanced diet containing essential vitamins and minerals eat grass. So, the first assumption does not hold water.
Secondly, animals, as a rule, do not have preferences in the choice of “medicinal raw materials”, and, therefore, do not have innate knowledge in herbal medicine. And again, not being able to digest greens, dogs cannot extract useful substances from them. Consequently, this myth is also called into question.
Let’s move on to the latest version. She also brings a smile. The dog is not able to chew grass so intensely as to “brush his teeth” and freshen his breath. The predator’s teeth are adapted to tear and bite, but not to chew. And the fluffy is hardly concerned about the freshness of his breath. But the following assumptions have a rational grain.
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The opinion of professionals
Coarse fibers and fiber, in fact, irritate the walls of the stomach and intestines, stimulate the secretion of bile. If the dog feels abdominal discomfort, then eating grass will increase intestinal peristalsis and normalize the evacuation of undigested food, rotting debris or particulate matter. In addition, the dog simply regurgitates this whole lump, emptying the stomach.
It is unlikely that the animal is deliberately treated with grass for helminths. It is possible that the dog relieves the discomfort that causes their vital activity in the same way – by pinching the grass. Also, veterinarians believe that juicy greens can save dogs from constipation. Moisture from plants plus an irritating effect – and diarrhea is provided to the animal. Should I be worried about this?
Experienced dog breeders and veterinarians believe that if the appearance of the dog does not cause fear, and its “vegetarian” inclinations are not so frequent, then there is nothing to be afraid of. According to the statistics of the same scientists, more than 76% of dogs eat grass and survive it safely.
What is the danger
If the animal eats grass very often, and it looks sick, then it is better to immediately contact the veterinary clinic. And even when there are no visual signs of the disease, and the animal chews greens every day, then the disease is possible in a latent form.
In addition, the dog may eat herbicide-treated or fertilized greens while walking around the salad. The greenery growing on the side of the road accumulates toxins and heavy metals, which with regular use of the treat will not add health to the pet. In addition, the faeces of animals entering the lawn can be contaminated, and the shaggy foodie can pick up any infection. To please your pet, you can grow your own green supplement to the “table”, or “graze” the dog outside the city away from danger.
Another assumption, which also has no scientific basis, but is very similar to the truth: shaggy mischievous people just like the taste of grass, so they eat it. And also out of curiosity, because the organs of taste in dogs are a means of knowing the world. After all, the dog eats various inedible, in our opinion, garbage. So she learns, develops. Consequently, there is absolutely nothing abnormal and pathological in the desire to occasionally chew weed. If only all this would benefit the furry explorer.