What to Do If Your Pet Eats Grass

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Does your pet regard your lawn as the perfect place to snack? Eating grass may not seem very appetizing to you, but your pet doesn’t share your disdain. In fact, both dogs and cats enjoy eating a little grass from time to time. We’ll explore why pets eat grass and explain what you should do if you notice that your furry friend loves the green stuff.

Why Does My Pet Eat Grass?

Pets eat grass for a variety of reasons. Some simply like the taste and find that chewing on a little grass enhances their usual diet of dog or cat food. Hunger is another possible reason. If your furry friend is hungry, grass may look awfully tempting. Although some pets never seem to be full, eating grass due to hunger may mean that your pet isn’t receiving the nutrients needed for good health.

If you’ve recently decreased the amount of food your pet receives due to concerns about weight or have noticed that your pet always seems hungry, it’s a good idea to schedule a visit with the veterinarian. Your pet’s vet can provide advice about the best types of food products and tell you how much food your pet really requires. In some cases, constant hunger may be a sign of a disease, such as diabetes or a tumor.

Does Eating Grass Mean My Pet Has an Upset Stomach?

Grass eating may be a natural way to handle minor digestive problems in dogs and cats, according to one theory. If your pet has an upset stomach, eating grass may trigger vomiting and relieve your pet’s nausea. It may also act as a natural laxative if your dog or pet is constipated. Although some people assume that eating grass always leads to vomiting, only a small percentage of pets actually vomit after ingesting grass.

Is Eating Grass Dangerous?

Eating grass usually won’t harm your pet, unless your lawn has been treated with pesticides. Researchers discovered that dogs exposed to pesticides in lawn care products had a 70 percent higher risk of canine malignant lymphoma. The study was published in the January 2012 issue of Environmental Research.

What Should I Do If My Pet Enjoys Grazing on My Lawn?

There’s no need to discourage the habit if your pet enjoys eating a little grass and doesn’t experience any ill effects. If grass eating causes frequent vomiting, an examination by your pet’s veterinarian can uncover the cause of the problem.

When grass is one of your pet’s favorite snacks, it makes sense to avoid using lawn care products on your yard. If you do use the products, don’t give your pet unsupervised access to your yard and your tasty grass. Because it’s not known how long treated grass will retain the chemicals that harm pets, it’s best to avoid ever letting your dog or cat eat treated grass. Instead, provide a small patch of untreated grass for your pet’s snacking pleasure.

Unfortunately, you can’t always tell if public parks or the laws you pass on your daily walks have been treated with pesticides. For your pet’s health, assume that every blade of grass has been treated. If your pet tries to sample your neighbors’ yards, gently pull him or her away from the lawn and offer a small treat instead.

If it’s not convenient to establish a pesticide-free zone in your yard, consider growing grass inside your home. Planting grass in pots or containers is a simple way to ensure that your furry friend has a source of fresh, safe grass. Not sure what kind of grass to plant? Wheatgrass seeds, available online and in garden stores, offer a good source of protein, potassium, fiber, iron, zinc, copper and vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6.

Are you concerned about the effects of grass eating on your pet’s health? Call us today to schedule a convenient appointment.

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Traveling during the holidays? Board your pets with us!

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Traveling during the holidays? Pet Boarding from Our Los Angeles Veterinarian and Staff Provides Comfort and Security. Please call us today at 310-559-2500 to ask about pet boarding.

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Sweater Weather!

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Winter is coming!

Walking your dog outside in the winter can be chilly for your dog, especially small ones like Chihuahuas that always shake! Purchasing a sweater for them can help keep them warm and its cute too! In addition, you can buy your dogs shoes to keep their paws warm as well if necessary.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Century Veterinary Group wishes you and your pets a Happy Thanksgiving! Give your pet a piece of Turkey, they deserve it!

Gobble Gobble!!

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Pet Emergency? Call Us!

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We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets.  Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos.  The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention.  If you want to ask a question call 310-559-2500 or email us and we’ll promptly get back to you.  Our Los Angeles veterinarian office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page.  You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Los Angeles pet owners.  In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.

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Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Happy Veteran’s Day! We thank and honor our veterans for their service.

Did you know that some shelters waive adoption fee’s for Veteran’s? If you are a Veteran get a companion and Adopt a pet today, you’ll save a life!

 

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Meet Dr. Jeff Werber

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Practicing veterinarian and established veterinary medical journalist, Dr. Jeff Werber, known to the world and his patients as “Doc Hollywood,” is frequently seen on the nation’s top news and talk shows educating and enlightening pet parents on everything from basic pet care and nutrition to abnormal behavior and prevention of disease. An Emmy-Award winner, Dr. Jeff works hard at his mission to strengthen the “Human-Companion Animal Bond.”

With almost 30 years of veterinary journalism experience and exposure, specifically with TV news and shows, Dr. Jeff has been an expert guest on The Dr. Oz ShowRachael RayFox & FriendsInside EditionCBS’ The Early ShowCNN, and Fox News, among many others. Many people would also remember him from his days hosting Petcetera on Animal Planetand Lassie’s Pet Vet on PBS. He even pitched his own products on QVC back in the day.

Dubbed a “Celebrity Vet” by The Hollywood Reporter, he cares for furry friends of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Eva LongoriaMagic JohnsonJudy GreerPaula MalcomsonNeal McDonoughRon PerlmanDemi MooreLori LoughlinSophia Bush,Drea de MatteoEmmy RossumNick JonasKevin JonasKelly HuJodi O’Keefe,Daisy FuentesSteve Moyer, and Anna Pacquin.

Dr. Jeff also dedicates his time to several animal welfare and rescue organizations such as Best Friends Animal SocietyLast Chance for AnimalsHounds and HeroesAngel City Pits,Ace of HeartsForever FidoWags and WalksFurry FriendsEloise, and Bill Foundation.

President and Chief Veterinarian of the Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Jeff has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 30 years and is one of a select few actively-practicing veterinary medical journalists in the United States. He serves on the advisory board of Veterinary Economics Magazine.

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