Its A Mystery Why Dogs Eat Grass

Larry Richert and John Shumway
May 16, 2019 - 11:21 am
Dog eating grass

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Veterinarian and owner of the Animal General in Cranberry, Dr. Mike Hutchinson joined KDKA Radio on Thursday morning to answer some health questions regarding animals.  

He explains how to treat dogs with whipworm, diabetes and brush burns. These are the questions that he was asked:

Why do dogs eat grass?

“We’re not real sure. People think they must have a mineral deficiency, they must have a thyroid deficiency; several studies have uncovered that none of that is true,” Dr. Mike explains.

“Maybe they need a diet change; you can try that, but most of them just like to go out there and purge.”

Our cat is drinking a lot of water and eating everything in sight!  Does this sound like diabetes?  She is not fat according to my neighbor who is a technician at a local vet hospital.  She seems fine. 

“When I hear they are drinking a lot and eating everything in sight, it makes me think of a condition in the thyroid gland. We call it hyperthyroidism in cats; they are secreting a lot of thyroid hormones (too much).That’s the hormone that regulates the metabolic rate in the cat,” Dr. Mike tells KDKA Radio.  

“Unfortunately, with that disease it’s a sad ending if it’s not treated. But with treatment, it’s a very good ending.”

Our Corgi is starting to stumble on one of his hind legs.  He is actually getting a “brush burn” on top of his foot.  Our vet thinks it is a disc problem even though there is no pain associated with it. He suggests we go for an MRI.  Is there anything we can do to help him get better without an MRI? 

“Usually with a disc it’s a very rapid onset; one day they are doing well, one day they are stumbling. I start to think of a condition called degenerative myelopathy, which is the same thing as ALS or Lou Gehrig ’s disease in people,” Dr. Mike added.

“It’s a very nasty diagnosis. It’s generally not painful, but it’s progressive. I would go see the neurologist on that one.”

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