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Pets & Grass Eating

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

There are various theories on the subject of grass-eating. Eating grass is a normal behavior for pets and should be part of their diet. There have been numerous studies but none have produced any tangible connection to any particular problem. In the wild, dogs take in grass as part of their diet and may be accustomed to the flavor of grass of it. Dogs may eat grass because their prepared diets are lacking in greens. As a result, pets sometimes seek out a certain type of grass to eat.

Do Dogs Eat Grass to Make Themselves Vomit?

Most veterinarians believe that vomiting occurs naturally as a consequence of grass eating, and not because the dog was trying to make itself vomit due to an upset stomach. When dogs eat grass, the grass can act as an irritant and causes vomiting.

Is It Helpful or Harmful?

Grass acts as an internal cleanser, which in turn may expel mucus and bile. It also cleanses the bowl and can expel worms. Cereal grasses contain enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. In addition, grass contains chlorophyll, which was once used for relieving pain, treating infections, ulcers, skin diseases and before antibiotics were used. Some pet owners grow grass specifically to give to their pets to prevent or treat diarrhea, anemia, cataracts, fleas, tumors excessive shedding and other pet health problems. Pets that are fed grass on a regular basis are less likely to crave outdoor grass. The problem with eating whole grass is that each blade is covered with microscopic barbs that can cause stomach and throat irritation. Since we use only the fresh juice - without the barbs - Barley Dog and Cat Grass Powder is good for your pet (and your carpet).

NOTE: Make sure that your dog does not eat grass that has been treated with fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides to avoid upset stomach and potentially serious complications.

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