Weird Things Your Dog Eats: The good, the bad, and the healthy!

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Weird Things Your Dog Eats: The good, the bad, and the healthy!


Being the a proud pet parent to a fuzzy pooch can be a joy but that doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine and daisies. If you have a dog then you no doubt have witnessed your pup licking or eating something super weird, and you probably still don’t know why they do it! From their own poop to vomit, grass, and so much more, we take a look at
the weird things your dog eats and whether or not they’re healthy or should be avoided.

The elephant in the room:

If we’re going to talk about dogs eating weird things then it’s best we start with the elephant in the room - poop! Many dogs eat their own, or other dog’s poop and while it may seem utterly gross to you, there could be some method to their madness. New mother dogs will often eat the feces of their puppies to hide their scent while the litter is still vulnerable but there may be other reasons for their strange behaviour. Medical reasons, such as an enzyme deficiency or internal parasites, could also be the cause of their smelling snacking behaviour. If they have an enzyme deficiency then dogs will seek out enzymes from other dogs’ poop, which is often rich in digestive enzymes, in order to take advantage of the much-needed nutrients. Dogs who eat mostly dry, non-natural foods will also seek out other sources of digestive enzymes to make up for the nutrients they’re missing out on.
While your dog eating poop isn’t a major cause for concern, the underlying problem behind it could be. If your dog’s problem seems out of control then it’s best to consult your vet about it as it might be due to a nutrition issue or a parasite. You definitely want to rule out any underlying medical reason for this gross, but very common behavior problem.

Down in the dirt:

Believe it or not, there is a reason for your dog’s dirt-eating madness. Your dog’s taste for sand could be because of a bad diet and your dog’s search for minerals, vitamins, or even good probiotic bacteria. If your dog eats a diet of only dry food then it might be time to introduce some more natural options or even bones (for the marrow) into their diet. Dirt can also be your dog’s way of soothing digestive problems so if you’re concerned about your dog’s dirt eating habits then it’s best to consult your vet to make sure your dog’s health is in tip-top shape. Keep in mind that stress can also be a factor and if your pooch is bored or stressed out then eating dirt could be their way of acting out, looking for attention, or just to pass the time.
Down the toilet:

If your fur baby is all about drinking toilet water then consider that to them the toilet is just a never-ending supply of fresh water. And, because the water is constantly being refreshed and flushed it might even taste better to your dog than the stagnant water in his bowl. While your dog drinking from the toilet bowl might not spell disaster you should try to keep the toilet seat down to avoid your dog ingesting any bacteria or harmful chemicals from the bowl.

It’s all grass

While we don’t know the exact reason why dogs eat grass experts have suggested that grass is a good source of fibre for dogs and can help with digestion. You might notice that your dog will eat grass to help themselves vomit or rid their stomachs of a toxin when they are feeling ill - this is linked to their natural instinct to use grass as a medicine. If your dog feels nauseous then they will eat grass to irritating the stomach lining and cause vomiting, thereby riding their stomachs of toxins.

The bottom line - if your dog’s nasty eating habits seem to be out of control or dangerous then it might be time to call in the vet. Consult your vet to find out if your dog needs a dietary change, medication for an underlying disease, or just some extra stimulation when at home.

Crystal

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