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Old 10-19-2007, 10:46 AM   #1
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My 9 week old lab insist on eating grass in the back garden. Will this do her any harm?

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Old 10-19-2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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No it will not harm her.

Most dogs eat grass for numerous reasons, one being to purge their system, another being they need the fibre or they just like it.

I would not allow your pup to eat LOTS as it can bunch up in the intestine and possibly cause a blockage but a little grass is nothing to worry about.

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Old 10-19-2007, 10:52 AM   #3
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You need to be cautious about safe grasses that aren't treated with dangerous chemicals but beyond that it is pretty normal for dogs to do so. I'd discourage it as too much grass can be dangerous (blockage) but you're not likely to stop them from doing it all together.
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Thank you guys.

She is being a right little madam today, chewing everything in sight, including me unfortunately. At least I don't have to worry hugely when she is in the garden.

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Not if you are not spraying it with anything to harm dogs? We spray weeds but with organic stuff that does not harm anything, no birds, dogs or anything. Mine are eating alot of DIRT, they have a manhole dug right against my rock ledge, hubby has not seen it yet, so I am gonna sneak and fill it in. Every day they come in with dirty noses and chunks on the porch. Vet told me once when my horses did this they are eating it because of a mineral we cannot provide. No harm honey.

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Old 10-19-2007, 11:03 AM   #6
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I'm just glad of the reassurance, I seem to worry about everything - dread to think what I'd be like with a baby!!!
She's also trying to eat the paint and plaster in a corner in the kitchen, that I'm sure is bad for her so I've bought some of that bitter tasting spray stuff to stop her.
She's currently asleep on my lap, no doubt to make up for bitting me earlier!!

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Well definitely discourage her from eating paint and plaster! In addition to the bitter apple, you might try having a stash of chew toys handy. Keep an eye on her and when she starts, say no and give her something that she is allowed to chew on, namely a chew toy.
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I have been swopping what she tries to chew with a chew toy but she just goes back to it, she's a determined young thing! I hoping the stop chew stuff along with substituting with a chew toy will work.
She's only a baby I guess so it will take some time but I just want to start out as we mean to go on.

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lol - Aww...labs are so naughty! Watch out for the plaster thing...they love that and cement. Meg used to like chewing the cement between the bricks on our fireplace when she was a pup and I know someone who had a lab that chewed a big hole through the plaster on their living room wall!

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Give her a frozen carrot, she maybe teething and this will help to sooth her sore gums. Give her lots of her own hard rubber chew toys to discourage her form chewing on things she should not... like your walls.


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