Ever found yourself asking why your dog is eating grass? Yes! We are used to thinking and hearing that this could be a possible upset stomach issue but, What if it’s an everyday kind of snack for your dog?
Whenever we went for a walk I found my little mermaid going directly to her favorite grass spot, and I know it’s not because of an upset stomach, so I decided to search about this curious delight to her palate.
Due to its accessibility, most dogs will likely go and start eating grass, but it’s not a food source. Because of the herbicides and pesticides used to fumigate eating it could end up in vomiting or discomforting; also it’s difficult for them to digest it and won’t get its benefit from the chlorophyll. YES, chlorophyll!
Why is important to give our pets chlorophyll?
There’s a variety of supplements that you could be giving to your dog on a daily basis, and chlorophyll is one of them. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in the chloroplasts of plants and algae, allowing them to absorb energy from light. What benefits do our dogs get from eating it?
- Improves digestion
- Neutralize odors
- Treats and prevents bad breath
- Fights infections –like strep or staph infection-
- Heal wounds
- Helps to cleanse their cell bodies
- Build an immune system
- Increase oxygen utilization in your pooches body
- Breaks down calcium oxalate stones in the bladder
- Detoxify all systems –particularly the liver and digestive system-
- Promotes digestive health
- Your dogs are helping their system replenishing red blood cells
- Reduces the bind of carcinogens with the organs DNA
“A study published in Carcinogenesis clearly shows that chlorophyll blocks procarcinogens, such as aflatoxins, that damage DNA. The Linus Pauling Institute’s Cancer Chemoprotection Program has indicated that natural chlorophylls in the diet offer cancer protection. Chlorophyll also binds to toxic heavy metals, eliminating them from the body before they cause organ damage such as kidney failure.”
Where to find it?
Here’s a chart that will help us know some veggies that contain a good source of chlorophyll. The good thing about feeding greens, it’s that you’ll be improving their health. They will stop eating grass, which it’s nice if you don’t live in a house, and the maintenance of the grass that is in the surrounding is unknown. Other excellent vegetables that don’t appear in the following chart are broccoli, asparagus, and kale.
How to give them?
Time for a snack, give it as a healthy treat, or if your dog’s a picky eater, try mixing it with their regular dog food, or other dog-friendly foods, such as yogurt, pumpkin, apple, banana, peanut butter, eggs or even cheese. Another great idea is freezing it and giving it as a crunchy treat or adding it with home cooked meal made for them.
Now you know, whenever you find your dog in the spot, it’s time to feed some greens.