There are a few natural elements that for whatever reason, dogs and puppies just love to eat. One of those is grass. Other natural elements owners often worry about their dogs eating are acorns, rocks and animal feces. If your dog goes outside at all, it is often hard to stop the consumption of these common outdoor temptations. Here is the low-down on these “foods.”
It is often believed that dogs eat grass when their stomach is upset to aid in throwing up. Or if they are not getting enough fiber in their diet. Or if they are simply bored outside. There is no need to call the vet every time you catch your dog grazing. Eating grass, for whatever reason, is a normal dog behavior.
Acorns are ingested for similar reasons as grass. Your dog may be bored, or desiring fiber. Some dogs just like the taste. Unfortunately, seeing your dog swallow an acorn is a reason to call the vet. They are not poisonous but can cause digestive blockages in some dogs depending on size and weight and amount consumed.
There are many animals that naturally consume rocks to aid in digestion, but most of those animal species are birds. Your dog does not need to swallow rocks for any helpful reason. If you see your dog eat a rock, try to deduce the size of it and then give your vet a call. If it is a pebble, they may tell you not to worry. If it is a boulder, your dog may need to take a trip in the car to their least favorite place. Always try to call before you panic. Your dog is not the first, and won’t be the last, pup to swallow a rock.
Keep an eye out for foreign animal feces in areas your dog frequents. They can be very problematic for disease control. Other wild animals do not have the vaccinations and medicines your dog does and can pass on communicable diseases. If you notice your dog sniffing around any animal excrement, get them to move on, and then keep an eye on them. Your dog is not in any immediate harm but may show symptoms of illness later.
Most natural “foods” are farther down on the danger scale than household human products but should still be treated with caution. Always keep an eye out on your dog’s eating habits to help keep your furball safe. You know better than they do in most cases.