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Cody wants to mow the lawn!
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Okay, this is weird for us. Cody is a month post surgery and doing pretty darn good for an old guy!  Case in point...He ran out to the edge of our yard a few days ago to say hello to some people walking their dog..I'm chasing after a 1/2 bald,3 legged dog in my pajamas and I could barely catch him...it certainly started a conversation with the people. Anyway, the reason for my post. He is eating grass like crazy...not just a little..I think he would mow the lawn if I let him!  He is on a higher protein, low grain diet. I add fiber-one to his food to help and he is on K-9 and Trans, he gets Fish oil and Flax seed oil. Any ideas?? It is nice that he wants to help with the yard work but I'm thinking it's not such a great idea!

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2 October 2008 - 7:03 pm
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Hmmm...could be that Cody has a different diet now, and his tummy is getting used to it, so he's eating grass to compensate. I like to eat grass too, sometimes moreso than others.

Mom says she would keep an eye on it, and if he gets more obsessive about it, you might want a blood panel done, or talk to your vet.

 

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6 October 2008 - 4:30 am
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Dogs always eat grass for when their stomachs are adjusting; if he's making you run out in your pyjamas...gotta give him kudos.

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Buster tends to eat grass too...  I try to deter it especially if the lawn has been treated with pesticide...  Will have to do some homework on this because I don't know why. I always thought it would help his tummy too ... How about organic wheat grass? As a substitute. Food for thoughtWink

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Hi Cathy,

Abbey always acted like she was part cow too but I learned from our holistic vet that she may be craving calcium. After adding a little fresh chopped spinach to her diet, she cut back on the grass. Worth a try.

I'm sure your neighbors still talk about their encounter! Someone came up to me in the grocery store one day and said "You're that lady with the famous 3 legged dog!"

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