Dog owners / guardians will surely have seen their pet, at least once, chew and swallow grass.
Eleni Paleologopoulou, dog and cat nutrition consultant, answers our questions.
“One question often asked by dog caregivers is why their pet eats grass / grass during the walk.
The question has not been fully answered by the veterinary community and, as quoted by the acclaimed veterinarian Dr. Dodds with her colleagues and colleagues do not have a clear answer to give.
There is also very little research on this issue. Specifically, one from New England University in Australia and three from Davis University in California.
Investigations were carried out to determine:
- chewing of grass is associated with a disease, such as relieving the digestive tract from various disturbances?
- there is a nutritional deficiency that leads the dog to eat the plant?
- They usually vomits after this operation?
Based on the findings, the herb may be consumed due to some mild digestive problems, but it is not intended to induce vomiting. The herb simply cannot be digested by the dog’s digestive tract. It usually turns out indecisive. So a small percentage of dogs will vomit, and the rest will excrete it on the stool. In fact, it will not break completely.
Researchers conclude that, in general, herb consumption is a common behavior of dogs in good health and is not necessarily associated with any illness or nutritional need.
There is also a theory that this practice shows an internal need for dogs, inherited from their ancestors, the wolves, whose faeces contained 11% to 47% grass samples.
The utility of the herb in wild dogs was that the sharp herb passed through the digestive tract and as the fibers swelled, they cleared the gut of the parasites.
So, since the research has not been completed and we cannot fully know the utility of the herb, let’s look at its benefits for the dog’s body:
Grass is rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants, and dogs are intuitively aware of it. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in all plants and algae. It is an extremely important element in the photosynthesis process as it allows the plant to absorb energy from light. It works on plants like hemoglobin. Hemoglobin helps carry oxygen to all the organs and cells of the dog. Thus, when the dog consumes chlorophyll, it replenishes its red blood cells. Chlorophyll cleanses the cells of the body, fights infections, heals wounds, strengthens the immune system, and detoxifies the liver and digestive tract. It also increases the use of oxygen, reduces the ability of carcinogens to bind to DNA,
The grass cleanses the blood and regulates the spleen and liver. At the same time, it helps in the smooth functioning of the digestive tract.
The dog benefits from the vitamins, minerals and trace elements in plants.
In addition, what we can do for our dog in order to get all the benefits of plants, and especially chlorophyll, is to add as much green leafy food as possible, such as: spinach, broccoli, parsley , kale, chinese cabbage.
The more fresh and organic our vegetables are, the more they are free of toxic and heavy metals. In order for our dog to make the most of it, it is advisable to steam and mash it, or raw it, to break down the cellulose, which is difficult to digest.
So when we find our pet in nature, where there is plenty of grass, we let it consume it. However, be careful to keep it in a clean area to avoid any pesticide or other toxic sprays that may pose a health risk.
Eating grass for our dog is a natural process that his body needs. In fact, there is a possibility, according to a scientific opinion, that dogs eat grass simply because they like the taste and the sensation it leaves in their body!
So let’s let our dog live as naturally as possible. “
source – aftodioikisi.gr