Why's My Dog Eating That?!
Whether it's shoes, crayons or trash, we've all seen our pets eat some pretty strange things. But why do they do it? Although pets can't tell us why they engage in certain behaviors, experts have studied some of the common behaviors in pets like eating poop and grass and drinking toilet water and feel as though they have a not-so-strange answer for why pets act the way they do. If your dog is engaging in one of these behaviors, find out why here.
Cat Nip for Canines
Dogs react to anise seed the same way that cats react to catnip! Anise seed comes from a flowering anise plant. The seed's licorice-like taste is common in Mediterranean cooking (maybethat's why dogs love em!). According to WebMD, the seed hasmedical benefitstoo. It is believed to aid digestion,treat coughs,menstrualcramps and helps alleviate the symptoms of Scabies and Psoriasis. Strangely enough the plant is also used as aninsecticide against species of termites and cockroaches. Do not confuse this seed toStar anise. Unlike anise seed, Star anisecomes from the star-shaped flower of a small evergreen and is aningredient in Chinese 5-spice powder. Make your poochhomemade anise seed dog treatsor secure seeds into their favorite toy!
Eating feces is a common dog behavior, Theresa A.Fuess, Ph.D. of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, explains that feces eating, also known as coprophagia , is not done because of a dietary or enzyme deficiency, but that it is more commonly a behavioral habit picked up when dogs are just puppies.
Dr. Jo AnnEurell, a veterinarian and animal behavior specialist retired from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, states that dogs are scavengers, and that this behavior is common. She also notes that mother dogs often eat their puppies' feces in an effort to clean their den and keep the smell of the puppies away. This behavior can be picked up by puppies, although most shake it off when they are weaned. If a dog has this habit, be sure to regularly clean up feces in the yard and to keep litter boxes out of reach, asEurellexplains that fixing this problem is more of a prevention than a cure. Read more