If you are like us, your dogs and/or cats are members of your family, so when they are exhibiting unusual behavior, it can be alarming. In this article, we will answer a common question about dogs and one about cats:
- Why is My Dog Eating Grass?
- Why is My Cat Panting?
If you are ever in doubt, you are welcome to give us a call, but we hope this will help you worry a little less about your furry family members and know when it is time to seek a professional veterinarian.
1) Why is My Dog Eating Grass?
If you look out the window and see your dog is grazing in the backyard like a cow, you are not alone. A lot of pet owners wonder why their dogs eat grass. Generally, it is an ordinary behavior that should not be concerning, but there are a few grass-eaters that require a more attention. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why your puppy is grazing, but it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Your dog is sick: You may have noticed that your pup vomits after he has eaten grass. Some believe dogs eat grass in order to induce vomiting, because they were already sick; however, one study demonstrated that less than 8% of dogs showed signs of illness before gorging on grass. Even if eating grass makes your dog sick, it does not mean he was sick before.
- Your dog is bored: It is possible your dog is bored in the backyard, eating grass to entertain himself. Toss out a few more toys, play catch, and go on a few extra walks. That may be the cure to his cow-like grazing.
- Your dog likes the taste of grass: It is entirely possible that your dog likes the taste of grass and other plants.
- Your dog is a dog: Before they were domesticated, dogs often ate other grass-eating animals. It is possible that eating grass is in his genes.
Eating grass is normal, but when it is combined with other behaviors and symptoms (diarrhea, excessive vomiting, fatigue, etc.), it is important to bring him to your vet for a visit.
2) Why is My Cat Panting?
Dogs pant too cool themselves, but cats generally do not, so it can be alarming when your feline friend is panting. There are several reasons your cat may be panting – some of which may require attention from pet owners and veterinarians:
- Exercise: It is possible for your cat to get overheated playing and exercising. If panting abates after vigorous movement, it is probably related to the activity.
- Stress: Environmental changes, riding in a vehicle, and other stress can lead to panting. Observe your cat and make sure the panting ends after he is removed from the stressful situation.
- Respiratory Issues and Asthma: If your cat is frequently panting during normal daily conditions, it could be related to respiratory issues that require veterinary assistance.
- Congestive Heart Failure: If panting is accompanied by coughing and rapid breathing, it may be due to congestive heart failure. If you suspect this, visit a veterinarian.
If your cat’s panting is accompanied by other signs of sickness or poor health, make sure you bring talk to your vet and bring him in for a visit.
Hopefully this helps, but if you have any doubts or questions, please feel free to contact us. Our pets are family, and we know your furry friends are too.