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Name: Jared Nicholes
Nampa, Idaho
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jnicholes
Oct 27, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Hello!

Me and my mom noticed something interesting that lead to a question I wanted to ask about grass. You see, I have dogs, and a lot of times I see my dogs eating some grass in one particular spot where the grass is tall, We have never seen that happen before, and it is making my dogs throw up. My question is, what kind of grass is this and is it toxic to my dogs? Has anyone else had this problem?

I am unable to get pictures at the moment, but I will get them soon.

Thanks!

Jared
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syzone8aUK
Oct 27, 2016 12:22 PM CST
Do they not eat grass because they are sick? I always thought grass was a medicine for dogs! That's what I was told when I was a kid lol
Turns out its not a medicine as such but something that they eat on purpose when they dont feel well, it initiates the vomiting and purges their system. I think most grass is toxic! And a fair amount of plants in general are toxic to animals! I would still check with the vet if i was you.. just incase! Good luck jared Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Oct 27, 2016 12:27 PM CST
Yep ! They do. Why ? Shrug!
I think they got indigestion.and want to get rid of it.
I wont hurt them. My dogs and cats eat grass all the time.
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sooby
Oct 27, 2016 12:29 PM CST
Most dogs eat grass but it doesn't make all of them throw up. I've only had one that used to eat grass mostly when her tummy was upset. My current one actually prefers dandelions to grass but he will eat grass where it's long - I suspect it's just easier to grab the longer stuff. There's an interesting article on why dogs eat grass by. Dr. Stanley Coren here "Why dogs eat grass - a myth debunked" :

https://www.psychologytoday.co...
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 27, 2016 12:31 PM CST
My dogs have always eaten grass. Sometimes they do throw it up, but often they don't. I've just alwasy figured it was normal for dogs. I doubt that any of the grass they eat is very toxic or really harmful. I've asked vets about it, and they aren't concerned about it.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Oct 27, 2016 12:36 PM CST
Hello!

Thank you all for the replies, I was just curious about the grass. I thought it was a kind of grass that would be toxic to my dogs, so I was trying to Identify it. Thank you all!

Jared
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 27, 2016 12:39 PM CST
Jared, if you can get photos please post them. It probably could be ID'd so we'd know for sure that you don't have anything toxic there.
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Oct 27, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Hello!

I will get photos as soon as I can.

Jared
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Oct 28, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Except for humans.
Animals instinctively know what they can or can't eat #!!!
Well ! Maybe one exception.
Snail pellets. Of witch befounds me.
Personally. I've never had a dog that ate them. Have i been lucky ? Or was it because i never left the box where they could get to it. Or never came close to there feeding area when applying and washed my hands thoroughly after applying !!!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 28, 2016 8:18 PM CST
I don't know, Philip. Maybe wild animals still have most of those good instincts but dogs, especially highly bred dogs that originated in Siberia or Asia (who knows??) seem to lack the ability to resist eating just about anything. Everyone knows how toxic chocolate is to dogs but I know several people who have had huge vet bills from when their dogs got hold of something chocolate.

We're planting lots of stuff in our gardens that dogs from other parts of the world don't know about, and will surely eat if given half a chance.

How about ants? They're really pretty smart and resourceful but they still will take poisoned bait back to their nests and kill off the whole colony when everyone eats it. Same with rodents - they will take poisoned bait every time if some idiot puts it out (then the local cats, owls, hawks, raccoons, possums eat the poisoned rats or mice and it's neighborhood genocide).

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DaisyI
Oct 29, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Dogs and cats will eat anything that smells good (or disgusting, depending upon your point of view). Its up to us to keep them safe.
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porkpal
Oct 29, 2016 11:08 AM CST
It sounds as if the short - and long - answer to why dogs eat grass is no one really knows, maybe not even the dog.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 29, 2016 11:15 AM CST
LOL, porkpal, I think you're right!
Philip, animals don't always have the right instincts. I plant an oleander here that is very toxic, and the deer ate it down to the ground. I also have caladiums that are toxic, and they've been eaten by rabbits and deer. I wonder if there were any deaths or at least tummy aches?
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kittriana
Oct 29, 2016 12:03 PM CST
Animals eat the stuff that smells of nutrients they can be missing. Their form of minerals? A horse that nibbles crusty dirt - missing salt? Minerals? Dogs that like bananas - missing poassium? Grass is usually a purge - esp if your dogfood may have grains that contain the rat poisons from storage. If the grass is oats/ wheat/ rye etc, it could be they smell those grains. Animal diets can be deficient, mostly grass is to purge tho in my experience.
Now the rocks and blue jean strings the rott chewed up, I believe those were pouts...
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Oct 30, 2016 10:07 AM CST
Y'all did good ! πŸ˜„ face to Y'all !!!
Oh ! I got another one !
When i was a kid. My mother got a pound of Sees candy. She didnt want to share. So she hid it under her bed.
BUTT !!! Some little kid got under her bed.and said WOW πŸ˜› !!! Someone left me a whole pound of 🍬 !!!
The little kid ate it all up πŸ™Š !!!
The little kid was Pooh-pooh. Our little Pomeranian !!! BAD GIRL 😬
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D'Oh!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Oct 30, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Oh ! PS : She never got sick.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 30, 2016 10:56 AM CST
She never got sick....which is amazing since chocolate is supposed to be toxic for dogs. I thought you were the one to discover it under the bed!
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greene
Oct 30, 2016 12:56 PM CST
jnicholes/Jared,
I would not worry about the toxicity of the grass itself as dogs instinctively know which types to consume. What I would more worry about is if you have added any chemicals to the lawn; the chemicals - fertilizer/pesticides/herbicides, would definitely be bad for dogs.

My dogs have a favorite patch of rye grass. They also eat goldenrod leaves and the leaves of the Helianthus angustifolius aka Swamp Sunflower which they love to eat. Neither of my dogs vomits after snacking in the yard.

If you want to be sure of a safe area for your dog to snack, I suggest you set aside a part of the yard and plant intermediate wheat grass/Thinopyrum intermedium, perennaial ryegrass/Lolium perenne, annual ryegrass/Lolium multiflorum, oat grass/Avena sativa. You can plant the seeds in large containers and keep the area free from chemicals. That way you know the dog will be okay. Thumbs up
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Name: Jared Nicholes
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jnicholes
Oct 30, 2016 3:01 PM CST
Hello!

Thank you so much for all the replies! I will take everyones advice!

Jared

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