Monday, January 11, 2010

Dogs Eating Grass--Acid Stomach

One of the most common questions I receive is that pet owners notice their dog is eating a lot of grass. Some grazing on grass is natural but when a dog is specifically looking for it as if it needs the grass, this can be a sign of acid stomach or poor digestion. Many times dogs reach for the grass as a way to make themselves vomit too. If you notice your dog is eating a lot of grass, then the first thing is to try to also notice if your dog has tummy rumbling noises, loose stool, gas, vomitting or any other signs of gastrointestinal distress. This can be an especially serious concern in deep chested dogs that are prone to bloat. Some of the factors for consideration is that dry food--kibble can expand in your dog's stomach and be very hard for them to digest. This is especially true if the food contains grains such as corn and rice. Also, the food you are using may be void of quality nutrients such as fresh vegetables or omega 3 fatty acids, thereby creating a lot of acidity in the body.

The first thing to do if your dog is eating a lot of grass is to change the food. Most likely your dog is having trouble digesting it and/or may be allergic to it. Consider using a frozen raw food diet. If this is too costly, then consider using raw food as a portion of the diet. You can also try using a hypoallergenic food that is grain-free. Next, add a digestive enzyme and a probiotic to your dog's menu. We highly recommend Soothing Digestive Relief and Probiotic on The Soothing Digestive Relief will help eliminate your dog's gas and tummy gurling and the Probiotic will help your dog's overall digestive system by replenishing the balance of flora.  If your dog seems nauseated, is smacking the lips, hunches down after eating or just seems uncomfortable after eating, chances are your dog may have acid reflux.  Acid reflux is very painful so the best thing you can do is add a natural acid reducer to your dog's regimen.  Many clients report that after using  Gastro ULC  along with the Power Probiotic, that their dog stops eating grass immediately.  If you have ever experienced the pain of acid stomach, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The Gastro ULC can be used instead of medications such as Pepcid which have side effects.  It is a natural acid reducer and is certainly worth a try but use it along with the Power Probiotic to help replenish the beneficial flora and ease the indigestion which is causing the acid stomach in the first place.