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    Should I let my dog eat grass?!

    Well, I got myself a dog about a week ago. And like 3 days ago he started eating grass, ofcourse I stopped him. Then when I got home I asked my family why, maybe he was hungry? Although he had eaten before he went out. My sis told me that they eat grass because they vomit when they eat it and throw up hair balls. Is this true? I havent let my dog eat grass because I'm not sure if it's true, and I don't want him to get sick. He also starts coughing after he drinks, can it be a hairball?

    EDIT: also, sometimes he seems really hot, but they tell me you only check it on the nose. Sometimes he's head is hot, and sometimes it's not.. Fever?
    Last edited by Cooto3s; 08-09-2008 at 08:10 AM.

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    Re: Should I let my dog eat grass?!

    Dogs will eat grass for several reasons. I have had dogs most of my life (30+ years) and have two now and they both will go out and graze on the lawn once in awhile. I've been told by vets they will eat to help digest their food and/or because they have an upset stomach. It is very rare that I find their vomit but if you do, it could indicate an upset stomach. The fact you have only had your dog a week, the grass eating could be related to a change in diet causing an upset stomach. You should confirm with a vet on diet and food allergies. If there is little or no vomit, consider it one less patch of grass you have to cut but make sure it's an area not treated by chemicals.

    Congrats on you new dog!

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    Re: Should I let my dog eat grass?!

    Well, when we got the dog they gave us loads of food that they have been giving the dog for several months. He lacks some teeth so he cant eat dry and hard food.

    And what about the coughing after he drinks?
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    Re: Should I let my dog eat grass?!

    Do you know the age? A dog with a few teeth missing could indicate some health problems from a previous lifestyle. Did you get the complete history of the dog (Vet Records, physicals, blood work, etc...)? An older dog may be dealing with stress, especially if he/she is bouncing from home to home. An opinion by a reliable vet may be necessary. If you do not have a vet, ask around and shop for a vet as you would a doctor for yourself. You need to feel comfortable communicating with your vet. Don't accept the sales pitch for spending money on expensive products. Good Luck...I hope everything works out for you and your new dog.

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    Re: Should I let my dog eat grass?!

    Well he's a rumanian street dog and we have all the vet reports or w/e it's called and they all look fine. It started when we got him. Perhaps he misses his previous owner? When he came from rumania they sent him to a fosterhome to take care of him until they found a real home for him.
    I'll go visit a vet and se what he/she says.

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