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05-27-2014 02:28 PM
Waldi My dogs always eat grass, there is even name of this type fo grass "dog grass". My golden she things she is cow and can't get enough of grass, my GS is also enjoying it now, perhaps after was shown this bt retriever. From my observation, this is natural thing and does not causes issues and they only eat specific type of grass not any kind. Their instinct must tell them that that is good for them, my friend vet said that this is perfectly normal behaviour.
05-27-2014 02:14 PM
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Chlorophyll.

Funny, when I added dogs to "chlorophyll in lawn grass"...got this link 3 little Pitties.

This kind of explains, but gives you couple things to try...you could also try spirulina or chlorella - chlorophyll oxygenates the blood.

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

This came into FB today. Thought about you

Going Green: Chlorophyll For Dogs | Dogs Naturally Magazine
05-11-2014 09:52 PM
Liesje LOL, no, no babies coming for me (not this year anyway).

I was very diligent today, I don't think she got more than a few blades of grass. I also mostly fasted her today (just a few handfuls of food here or there). We had dinner at my parents with my family so she got to come along and be completely off-leash at their house and got to hang out with my sister (her favorite person). I didn't take any other dogs, just her. Got to be *her* special time and I think she enjoyed the freedom and attention. Normally she gets lots of treats but I asked everyone to avoid treating her since I'm trying to clean her out of all the grass and avoid any more tummy upsets.

She didn't have an accident last night or at all today. Yesterday evening she "asked" me to go out (whined and pawed at me) so I immediately took her out, praised and gave her a small handful of food when she pooped. I've been going out at night with a flashlight so I can see what she's doing and stop the grass eating.
05-11-2014 07:04 PM
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I second she may need some sort of medication. Especially with your baby coming, things are not going to get any less stressful. Maybe use this last month before you'll have way less time to monitor her to get her started on medication. I'm not exactly sure of your situation at home but I would hate for you to be overwhelmed by your dog's illness and your new addition to the family at the same time.

Will she try to chomp grass when you're supervising her? What if you sprinkled red pepper where she's nosing around? The spiciness up the nose or in her mouth when she eats it might deter her. I hate to suggest it but an e-collar is also an option, though I completely understand if you don't consider that a humane option. I would also be very concerned about obstruction at this point and longer term digestive issues of having such large, messy bowel movements of straight grass.
Or you could just feed some *fresh* parsley and see if that satisfies the craving for grass, the need to oxygenate the blood and detox the vital organs re: winter
05-11-2014 12:25 AM
petite I second she may need some sort of medication. Especially with your baby coming, things are not going to get any less stressful. Maybe use this last month before you'll have way less time to monitor her to get her started on medication. I'm not exactly sure of your situation at home but I would hate for you to be overwhelmed by your dog's illness and your new addition to the family at the same time.

Will she try to chomp grass when you're supervising her? What if you sprinkled red pepper where she's nosing around? The spiciness up the nose or in her mouth when she eats it might deter her. I hate to suggest it but an e-collar is also an option, though I completely understand if you don't consider that a humane option. I would also be very concerned about obstruction at this point and longer term digestive issues of having such large, messy bowel movements of straight grass.
05-10-2014 06:20 PM
Liesje My friends went to a baseball game today so I biked over to let their dog out. The live blocks away and I was gone maybe 45 minutes max. Mind you Indy isn't crated at night and often not during the day while I work (9 hours) but when I got back, she'd peed twice and pooped in the basement!

She's going back to crate/potty/house/everything training 101, so basically in a crate unless she's being exercised or out on a leash Hate to do it since up until last week she's really been a wonderful house dog.

Yes if the anxiety doesn't improve I will definitely look into remedies, herbal or chemical.

Thankfully the other three dogs are adjusting well. They're being good when I have to crate them or gate them off in the basement so our guests can move around the house, carrying Baby, without worrying about dogs. They've also been very friendly toward our guests and are not barking at the new noises or the baby crying. I guess with four dogs in a tiny house and no one used to newborns or guests that stay for longer than a meal, it could have been much worse....
05-10-2014 05:39 PM
Mikelia What about a herbal/homeopathic stress/anxiety relief? I'm not sure of brands available in the states but I have used this product Natural Pet Pharmaceuticals with great results. Not for grass eating mind you but for a neurotic mess of a dog during extreme periods of stress (moreso what he considers extreme periods of stress). No side effects and you can't overdose them so it might be worth a try.
I recommend these calming treats quite often at work for pets who are generally anxious and for pets who are travelling/having visitors and we have good feed back on them too http://www.petnaturals.com/index.php...il&p=700875050 . Again, couldn't hurt.
05-10-2014 03:06 PM
Liesje She's never vomited in the time I've had her, ever. She's not one that munches and then throws up bile and a few blades of grass (Coke does that when I get home from work, if I don't feed him immediately, so I started giving all my dogs a handful of food before I leave so they aren't ravenous but won't have to poop during the day).

I would bet my house this is completely behavioral, not health related other than the grass-eating itself making her sick (bad poop, but she's pooping out slimy *grass*, not diarrhea indicative of worms or digestive issues, no blood, no mucus). She's always been super healthy, iron gut, never any poop issues before this, never an accident in the house before this, she's never vomited. I've never taken her to the vet for anything other than her 3 year rabies shot.

Last night she had flyball and today I took all my dogs to an event and let her do some lure coursing. I'm hoping keeping her busy will tire her mind out this weekend and I'm keeping her indoors unless supervised. I did see her grab some grass this morning while I was loading my van, but haven't been putting her outdoors to play with Legend like I normally do so at most she had like 2 minutes where I wasn't paying close attention (as opposed to normally going outside to play for 45 minutes or so at a time without close supervision).
05-10-2014 07:49 AM
JeanKBBMMMAAN This sounds like a chicken or egg situation - is she eating the grass because her stomach feels bad and she's got a bug or other issues already and she's using the grass to soothe her stomach, and to vomit so she feels better?

Behavioral Problems of Dogs: Normal Social Behavior and Behavioral Problems of Domestic Animals: Merck Veterinary Manual has some rule outs.

Things like worms and parasites make dogs' bellies feel bad. Something like SIBO/ARD could do the same.

I would start by taking a fecal in and then seeing if my vet would work with me on a short dose of something like Tylan.
05-09-2014 09:29 AM
JanaeUlva I have noticed the dogs always like the early spring grass the best. But your dog does sound like the stress of the household is getting to her. Your sister idea sounds like your best solution. I have a big deck connected to the fenced in dog area that I can close off from the backyard because my 8 month old eats acorns. He enjoys the process of sniffing them out, digging it up an eating the acorn. He even has figured out to spit the lid of the acorn off the nut. But he has intermittent runny poop issues that I think might be caused or at least aggravated by his backyard acorn grazing so I frequently close the dogs off from the yard and they can still enjoy sitting outside on the deck. Good luck.
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