Owners fill bowls with nutritious food to keep dogs healthy. So why do dogs eat weird, disgusting and even dangerous stuff?
Dogs use their mouths the way we use our hands. They pick up objects and explore their world by mouthing, tasting, and chewing. That sometimes gets them into trouble if they swallow something they shouldn't.
That may mean snarfing down pieces of toys--or whole ones, for example. My Magical-Dawg loved to raid waste baskets which is why to this day we set them out of reach on countertops. It's a decorating choice. *s*
It's important to give puppies something legal--and safe--to chew. You can learn more about controling chew-maniacs in this article.
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As omnivores, dogs benefit from eating vegetables or fruits. Even coyotes and wolves eat vegetable matter found in the stomach of prey, as well as roots, grasses and fruit. Dogs often beg for and enjoy snacks of raw vegetables like lettuce, green beans and carrots.
Most pet dogs occasionally eat grass, which may provide vitamins the dog craves, or it may simply like the taste. Dogs also eat grass to stimulate vomiting when they feel ill. Occasional grazing isn't a cause for concern unless your dog turns it into an obsession or it gnaws poisonous houseplants.
Dogs also indulge in raiding the cat box, EW! Learn more about why they do it and how to stop poop eating. And actually grass eating and poop eating makes sense.
But why do dogs eat dirt? Or eat rocks? Or batteries? Find out more in this Paw Nation article about the weird stuff dogs eat.
Special thanks, woofs and wags to Gina Misiroglu and the Red Room team for connecting me with the pet-loving folks at Paw Nation.
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