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Koda has been on raw food now, almost 2 weeks. Yesterday, he was acting all kinds of weird.

I had taken him out and he did his business, no issues. A couple hours later, he was whining to go out again. When I took him out, all he wanted to do was eat grass. Literally every foot he walked, he stopped to eat grass.

I don't understand what this means, if anything. He's eating fine and no problems with bowel movements.

Could this be part of the transition to raw? Is it just random?

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Diesel used to eat alot of grass but since I switched to raw just over two weeks ago I havent noticed him eating grass. But like I said we are newbies so I don't know what is normal. I am sure each dog is different.
 

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the only time my dogs ever ate grass was when they needed to puke.

now, they graze on grass and they neither puke nor do i see it in their stools, other than a blade or two....

we just planted sod and they think they are in hog heaven...we are in our fourth week of raw...

i have no idea why they are eating grass....doesn't seem to bother them...
 

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I'm keeping my mouth shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'm keeping my mouth shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really wish you wouldn't. Just because people on here don't agree with you means that giving advice to feed green tripe isn't bad. A ton of people feed green tripe and swear by it. That is all the more reason to spread the word. Don't let a few knucklehead raw feeders who don't agree discourage you from telling others in what you believe. I will say, that if you were mentioning feeding something that is *completely* absurd like crap kibble, etc I would have to tell you to knock it off LOL. By all means tell people about green tripe and why you feed it and why you think its important. If anything it might get us to open up and see the benefits more and more.

GoldenGirl- whiteleo feeds green tripe because her dogs eat grass if she doesn't and vise versa. I know nothing about green tripe, so hopefully leo will pipe in and talk about the benefits of it. BUT I wouldn't think of adding it into your dogs diet just yet. I wouldn't worry much about your dog eating grass. Mine do on occasion and I think nothing of it. Sometimes they vomit and other times they don't. I guess just see if it becomes a regular, daily habit or not.
 

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As I said in the now "famous" green tripe thread,

http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/raw-feeding/3062-tripe.html

my female's grass eating habit almost mirrors what magicre stated above. I haven't added fresh green tripe to her diet yet so I don't know if things will change like they did for whiteleo. I have been giving my dogs freeze dried green tripe as treats, which they both love, but the female is still a grazer for some reason.
 

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Felix will eat grass if he is about to puke. If he is inside he'll grab at anything. His pukes are due to an empty stomach and occasionally occur in the morning before being fed- mainly when I sleep in.

Is your dog displaying this behavior at certain times during the day? How much time has passed since his last meal? It may just be that his stomach is empty. Newly transitioned raw dogs need time to adjust to less quantity of food. Also, the food is digested much faster than kibble.
 

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Felix will eat grass if he is about to puke. If he is inside he'll grab at anything. His pukes are due to an empty stomach and occasionally occur in the morning before being fed- mainly when I sleep in.

Is your dog displaying this behavior at certain times during the day? How much time has passed since his last meal? It may just be that his stomach is empty. Newly transitioned raw dogs need time to adjust to less quantity of food. Also, the food is digested much faster than kibble.
I took him for a walk around 3:30. He ate is dinner around 6:00 and was whining to go out around 7:30. No puking, just grabbing at every blade he could get in his mouth.

He's always been a grass eater but it always seemed cyclical almost. Last night was just bizarre, with the whining to go out and then do nothing but graze.

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I suspect he is having a little tummy discomfort problem because of different type food. My dogs eat grass from time to time but it's not anything I worry about. It's not a large amount. They seem to eat it less in the last year for some reason.

Sometimes they will commence to eating grass when I start mowing. I don't know if they are trying to eat it before I can cut it or if they think they are helping me mow. :smile:
 

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As I said in the now "famous" green tripe thread,

http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/raw-feeding/3062-tripe.html

my female's grass eating habit almost mirrors what magicre stated above. I haven't added fresh green tripe to her diet yet so I don't know if things will change like they did for whiteleo. I have been giving my dogs freeze dried green tripe as treats, which they both love, but the female is still a grazer for some reason.
Wow - I read through the Tripe thread and it's a heated subject.

What I couldn't ascertain from the thread is what the actual benefit is suppose to be? What are the main reasons that someone feeds the green tripe, what is is suppose to help with?

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I have noticed that Grimm likes to eat grass when he is outside with me too. I just chalked it up to his recent upset stomach.
 

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we just laid sod in the back....it's like they turned into goats :)

but they don't do it every day...and it doesn't seem to affect them adversely, although i WOULD like the sod to have a chance to take.

they're on to a new thing called tegro....it's human waste turned into fertiliser....best stuff in the world...but for dogs? it's like dessert. blech.

between eating grass and human waste, i could save a ton of money and just let them loose in the neighbourhood....for their meals.
 

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Wow - I read through the Tripe thread and it's a heated subject.

What I couldn't ascertain from the thread is what the actual benefit is suppose to be? What are the main reasons that someone feeds the green tripe, what is is suppose to help with?

Thanks,
Jean
This is my main question about it. People say that its wonderful, but then don't say why but just "You have to try it to see the benefits!" Well, we all recommend feeding a raw diet because it is proven to be the best diet for dogs out there. Its justifiable with hard facts and also the visual results. But if someone could actually break it down and tell my what exactly is in green tripe that dogs need that would be the end of this ongoing debate about it.

I wouldn't feed green tripe for just the purpose of my dogs to stop eating grass. If there was some other reason to do so I would change my mind about it, but that seems to be the only reason that I get of why its fed.

I don't see anything wrong with feeding it, or recommending it to others...not in the slightest bit. BUT I would really like some concrete *evidence* that its a crucial part of a dogs diet.
 
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I've seen all 3 of my dogs eating grass regularly and I've never given it a thought. Since I don't treat my lawn with any chemicals I'm not so worried that they will become ill from grazing. I'd have to watch them more closely though when we are at a public park where the lawn has been chemically treated.
 

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Both my raw fed dogs ate excessive amounts of grass and dirt at first. I am still transitioning the second dog so he is still eating grass, not too much though. My other dog still eats it on occasion, but it doesn't bother me that she does.
 

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i would consider feeding green tripe to get my dogs to stop eating grass....

simply because --- while we don't use chemicals (yet) on the new sod and it's virgin grass...and i'm sure, quite tasty..

where we walk them.....chemicals are used....even though they are, ahem, pet friendly....

i have read so much about the benefits of green tripe....equally, i've read that it is not necessary.

but there were medical practises we had...can't think of them off the top of my head that we did because they were good....not because we had a clue as to why...

especially pharmaceuticals.....'mechanism of action' - unknown LOL ( we don't know why it works, but it works - fill in the blank of whatever it's supposed to work for )
 

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I live near a sod farm and massive amounts of chemicals are applied to the sod fields.
LOL..you just couldn't leave me to wallow in my own ignorance...

damn. now i have to stop them, although i've seen no ill effects...course, that's short term and we ARE only at the end of the fourth week...
 
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