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Post  Miss Pugg on 7/18/2012, 10:44 pm

Does anyone know why a dog eats grass? Is it because the tummy is hurting? My Pap/Doxie mix whines to go outside, not to do her duties, but to munch on grass. She did this two weeks ago also and the vet gave us Metacam which seemed to help but now she's starting it again. I feel her food is not the best, it came with her from the shelter and she's itching, licking, slurping at her rear end, rolling around in the grass and rubbing her eyes on the grass (when she's not eating it). I am donating it to the shelter along with an unopened bag of Purina something. Two of the first ingredients are corn meal and something else with corn. She's a very picky eater and eats about one meal out of four offered to her. I don't know what her present food is but it's going to GO! It came to me in an unmarked bag and I'll bet it's nothing good. Any info gratefully appreciated.
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Post  TNPUGMOMOF3 on 7/18/2012, 11:05 pm

I always thought that was the case, that if they are eating grass, they have an upset tummy... Well, Lola LOVES to eat grass and there is NOTHING wrong with her tummy. I believe she is part cow and enjoys chewing her cud. Very Happy Hank will do it on occassion. No problems with his tummy either... They are of course starved and are trying to convince all that will listen that they are not fed nearly enough.
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Post  pugpillow on 7/18/2012, 11:52 pm

Murdoch is also an eater of grass, and wood, and clover, and stuffies, and plastic toys, and ... It's his only fault.
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Post  Milosmom on 7/19/2012, 12:15 am

I was always told it was because their tummy hurt to but now living with my own little herd of cattle, it's not true. Laughing

Remi loooves grass and munching on it is one of his favorite hobbies. Drago only eats the fluffy green grass and only when it's grown to a certain height , never when it's fresh mowed short. Mickey has now taken up doing it to as well on top of making every effort to eat the flowers that are falling from the rose of sharon trees. 3 out of 5 and there is nothing wrong with anyones tummy.

Much like Marcies kids , I think mine are just plying that they are abused in form of starvation from the small portions rationed out to them daily. Rolling Eyes
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Post  PugLady3 on 7/19/2012, 9:54 am

Vader is a grass eater too. Bella will only eat it when she has an upset tummy. I would definitely throw out the bag of mystery food ASAP and get her on something higher quality. It sounds like she's allergic to something in it (probably the corn).
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Post  Miss Pugg on 7/19/2012, 1:00 pm

Thanks to you all. I switched her this morning (will be gradual) to Merricks Buffalo and Sweet Potato and I thought she was going to eat the dish, she enjoyed it so much. It has no corn in it. If this agrees with her and she has no more itching issues, it will be her new food as well as Ivy who seems to have an iron stomach. Her Rachel Ray Delish food (from her former owner) is also being tossed. I'm thrilled to have something that picky Sassy enjoys.
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Post  CSollers on 7/19/2012, 2:27 pm

Feeding your dog(s) high quality food is one of the best things you can do for them in the long run. It will improve their health and general quality of life, not to mention their meal time enjoyment.
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Post  catherine on 8/28/2012, 8:31 pm

Miss Pugg wrote:Does anyone know why a dog eats grass? Is it because the tummy is hurting? My Pap/Doxie mix whines to go outside, not to do her duties, but to munch on grass. She did this two weeks ago also and the vet gave us Metacam which seemed to help but now she's starting it again. I feel her food is not the best, it came with her from the shelter and she's itching, licking, slurping at her rear end, rolling around in the grass and rubbing her eyes on the grass (when she's not eating it). I am donating it to the shelter along with an unopened bag of Purina something. Two of the first ingredients are corn meal and something else with corn. She's a very picky eater and eats about one meal out of four offered to her. I don't know what her present food is but it's going to GO! It came to me in an unmarked bag and I'll bet it's nothing good. Any info gratefully appreciated.
MY DOG, PUG IS ALLERGIC TO GRASS. SHE SCOOTS AFTER DOING HER BUSINESS. ALSO, NOW ON GRAIN FREE FOOD. THE FOOD MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE

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Post  ocnside on 8/30/2012, 7:18 am

Rosie licks the water off the grass, then eats it...funny how she won't pee in it though :(
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Post  Mel on 8/30/2012, 11:17 am

My former vet, who now has a radio show, addressed this very question last week on his show. He said the truth is they just don't know. it's ok as long as the grass hasn't been treated with chemicals. (My mom used to say it meant they had an upset tummy, but I think that's a myth)
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