Treating dogs with severe separation anxiety

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Dogs do not have the means to digest grass, as they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibres. On occasion, I have seen dogs lick at the air, often showing swallowing behaviour, then rush out to the great outdoors to seek out a thick patch of the green stuff and furiously chomp and chomp until the urge abates. Some dogs can also develop a form of stereotypy behaviour (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and become fixated on grass chewing, but this is relatively rare. Then there are the select few who search diligently for that particular luscious, thick, juicy blade and then gently savour it. For those with a scientific bent, an additional theory related to the grasseating behaviour of our four legged companions has to do with their evolutionary past.
Another common theory is that dogs will eat indigestible matter if they are excessively hungry or if their nutrition is poor, so this must always be a consideration. Dogs are more omnivorous than cats, and many would also like to eat far more than they're fed.
I have a two year old female boxer who has enjoyed eating grass (particularly crabgrass) since she was around a year old.
The real reason why dogs eat grass is because like humans they need vitamin B17, otherwise known as Laetrile. If you dog is indeed in need of veterinary attention, please do not buy into the holistic approaches this author advocated.
Hi there, just on the subject of dogs eating grass, I have noticed them eat more grass of a young soft nature when with worms, and this grass goes strait through without digestion, I also noticed that during malting they eat coarse and young soft grass and there vomit contains course grass wrapped in hair and a couple of days later fesses contains the softer grass also with hair wrapped around it, as hair is non digestible, this could be an answer, they eat way less grass when not molting like winter time around 25 deg Celsius and more when its hot. Armed with this information, owners can then present their findings to their veterinarians.
Normally the vet will start with the least invasive test and move on to more expensive, more invasive tests as needed (which will depend on the severity of the symptoms).
Few grass-eaters are likely to have ever suffered an exploratory laparoscopy to surgically look into the contents of an abdomen and biopsy the gastrointestinal tract, but severe symptoms could theoretically lead a veterinarian to decide this is the best approach.
The modern dog, partly because of evolution and domestication, is no longer like its ancestors, which frequently ate their prey entirely, including the stomach contents of plant-eating animals.


You may have heard me mention before Brandy, the Morning Waking Pooch is a former resident of CVHS. Dog behavior is often a mystery to owners, but eating grass and then throwing up is undoubtedly one of the strangest things dogs do. Because many dogs eat grass when their stomachs hurt, it's not uncommon for a dog to eat grass and then immediately throw up. For ancestral dogs to have survived successfully, they would have needed good hunting abilities in order to feed and nourish their young and survive as a pack.
If you are preparing homemade food, be sure to consult a professional to make sure the nutritional balance is correct.
Certain grasses and grains that people eat in the poorest of countries contain this vitamin and when doctors did a study they found that there was NO history of cancer in these groups of third world people.
The goal is to figure out if it is a sign of a minor ailment, a more serious disease, or nothing more than normal albeit slightly eccentric behavior. For many pets who want to sample the lawn, the prescription may be to let them go right ahead. The good news is many pet experts say this isn’t something that should cause you alarm.
Eating grass usually isn't a problem, but frequent vomiting can indicate a condition that requires veterinary attention.
However, if you're visiting a new area and aren't sure if the grass has been sprayed with pesticides, don't allow your dog to eat it. On following these dogs endoscopically, they often have an inflammatory condition in their stomachs or redness around the lower esophagus, which can indicate gastric reflux or inflammatory bowel disease. These dogs seem to enjoy their habit and do not suffer any of the previously-reported repercussions, such as vomiting.
Grass eating may have evolved to help conceal their scent from their prey in the same way that rolling in foul offal is sometimes thought to.
One can never rule out that for some, a nice patch of tasty clean crabgrass may simply give the momentary impression of an afternoon snack in the sun!


Just make sure the grass is not treated with any chemicals that could be harmful if your pet eats them.
Wild carnivores, including wolves, often eat grass when they eat their prey, so dogs may eat grass to make up for deficiencies in their diet.
It's also possible some types of grass help to induce vomiting and eliminate bad foods from your dog's stomach. Otherwise, chemicals on the grass could poison your dog and may be the reason he's vomiting.
The situation can be troubling for the owner as the dog is often quite restless before getting out to graze. In short, the grass may induce vomiting or grass-eating may be more likely with a dog who is already going to vomit.
Some fertilizers can also cause problems for dogs, so avoid using any chemicals on grass you know your dog might eat. I can say that I've seen grass chewers on occasion get a good nasal cleanse, as the thick blade of grass occasionally gets on the wrong track and scurries out an unsuspecting nasal passage. If your dog looks as if he or she is irritated and extends the neck and begins repeated swallowing motions, it may be time to visit your veterinarian to check out what might be happening. Veterinarians have different opinions about why exactly they do this, but there may be chemicals in grass that ease an upset stomach. These conditions are treatable with either homeopathic medical intervention or conventional therapies. Alternatively, it could be that dogs are just trying grass looking for something that could soothe their tummies.
But this is real, and I urge anyone to do unbiased research on this subject because it can save lives, even your dogs.



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