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Grass-eating can indicate health issues

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Grass-eating can indicate health issues

If your pet starts to suddenly eat grass in large amounts, take him to the vet right away...

Grass-eating can indicate health issues

Vet’s Views

SB Mathur

One of the most experienced veterinary specialists in India, Dr SB Mathur is running a successful practice in Lucknow

Q: My dog eats grass. Should I worry? Sharmila K

Dogs eat grass to satisfy dietary needs or to provide treatment for themselves when feeling sick. Usually, you don’t have to worry about any harm coming to your pet if he eats grass. But perhaps the diet he is currently on is not providing him the nutrients he needs; so, he is looking for those needs to be met with the grass that he eats. Also, a dog who feels sick to his stomach may find a quick natural remedy for this by eating grass. However, if your pet starts to suddenly eat grass in large amounts, take him to the vet right away: experts advise this course because such activity can likely mean he has something very wrong with him and is trying to help himself.

Q: How often should I give my pet a bath? Kishan Kumar

You have not mentioned the type of pet. If it is a cat, you should give your outdoor cat a bath about once per month, but this can also depend on your cat’s lifestyle. If your cat comes home covered in mud the week after his last bath, you may need to break the rule and help him clean up again! Also, you may have to give your cat a bath if he acquires fleas.  In this case, you would just need to get a flea-ridding shampoo for the process. When bathing your cat, don’t forget to be gentle and to use warm water followed by a soft, warm towel dry! Just like for cats, the recommended frequency for washing your dog is once a month. It is important to remember that washing your pup more frequently than this could cause his skin to get too dry for comfort. If the need arises for you to give him a second bath, try to use only water for the wash or a shampoo that provides moisture to his skin.

Q: My pet has to have a tumour-removal surgery. What should I do the day before a surgery for my pet? Shishir Singh

Though your vet should explain this to you, I will answer it: Make sure your pet gets plenty of rest in the days preceding the surgery. Find out from your vet if it is okay for your pets to take their regular medication in the weeks preceding the surgery. Usually, adult pets should not eat anything the evening and morning before the surgery, though it is usually okay to let them drink water. Kittens and puppies on the other hand might need a light meal the morning of a surgery as their tiny size makes them weaker and less able to stand for long periods without food. Keep in mind that some surgeries may have unique elements with situational-specific preparations necessary, so make sure to have a thorough consultation with your vet beforehand to find out specifics.

Q: Should I brush my pet’s teeth? Tony Shah

Yes! It is very important to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis, using pet toothbrushes and pet toothpaste of course. Signs of teeth and gum diseases begin occurring in 80% of dogs after reaching the age of 3. Cats also face risk of developing dental disease, the most common of these being Periodontal disease. Because of the facts above, veterinarians recommend yearly professional cleanings, especially as your pet gets older, along with daily brushing by pet owners to combat this. The serious effects of dental problems can be prevented by proactive, preventative care. However, this habit has to be inculcated or you may end up with a badly bitten finger.

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