Why Does My Pet Eat Grass?
Are you concerned when your dog or cat eats grass, then throws
up afterwards? You'll probably feel relieved to know that pets
eat grass because their bodies need it.
Dogs and cats have been eating grass for a long time. In fact,
grass is so popular among dogs that one species, dog grass, is
named after them. Dog grass is also known as couch grass and
quack weed, and it grows in all but the southern-most states.
You can think of grass as an herbal medicine. It acts as an
internal cleanser, expelling excess mucus, bile, and other
impurities. It also cleanses the bowels and expels worms. Cereal
grasses contain enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Grass also contains chlorophyll, which was used for relieving
pain, treating infections, ulcers, skin diseases, and anemia
prior to the use of antibiotics.
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. So, if you don't feel comfortable with your pet eating the
grass in your lawn, you may want to grow your own grass for them
Try growing rye or barley sprouts. These sprouts are preferred
over wheat grass because some animals are sensitive to wheat.
Follow these instructions to grow rye or barley grass. Soak
one cup organically grown grain in one quart water for 8 to 10
hours. Then drain the container and leave it on its side in a
warm place, away from direct sunlight. A tiny white rootlet will
sprout from each grain within 24 to 48 hours. Caution: If you
don't see these rootlets, your grain isn't viable and should be
Next, spread the sprouting grain on one inch of moist potting
soil or top soil in a plastic garden tray. For drainage create a
one inch channel around the soil.
For two days, cover the tray. Then uncover it, and water
thoroughly. Place the tray in direct sunlight or under grow
lights. Keep the soil moist by watering when needed.
When the grass is 6-8" tall, cut it with scissors or a sharp
knife. Place grasses in a Ziploc bag, along with a damp paper
towel. Be sure to expel air from the bag before sealing. Then
store the grass in the refrigerator.
When feeding the grass to your pet, cut or mince it into tiny
pieces, or place a small amount in a blender or food processor
with other foods. To be sure your cat or dog will accept the
grass, begin feeding just a fraction of a teaspoon. Increase the
amount gradually to approximately one tablespoon per 50 lbs. of
Once your pet is given the amount of grass his body needs, you
probably won't be seeing him eating the grass in your lawn. And
you can feel relieved knowing that you're feeding him something
that he craves and that his body needs.
Deena Caruso, author, teacher, & distributor of natural
pet products Helps pet owners create healthy, happy pets. To
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