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grouse28

My setter, Drummer developed a severe cough, hacking  and at time spitting up clear liquid, sometimes foamy. Sounds like a seal barking. I thought at first kennel cough, but he is seldom around other dogs. No fever. Had him to see the Vet, no indications of infection. He asked if he eats grass, he does. Vet said probably esophagus irritation from some type of grass. Gave him some Carafate so sooth his throat. Seems to be doing better. I have cut off his TV privileges to Yuppie Vegan shows.

Anyone else have experienced this?

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Cooter Brown

Yes.  Pretty annoying, sometimes it gets regurgitated in nice places.

 

Not sure how you stop or discourage this.

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oak stob

Yes

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WPG Gizmo

They graze like cows some days even the cat does it they do it more when the grass needs mowing if I keep it neat they dont bother

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gunsrus

Yup , all my Setters do this time of year . My oldest , Zack is like clockwork , he hacks but no barking . I know 15 minutes after he starts grazing , up it comes , mostly bile and white foam . 

When it's really bad , I give him famotidine 20 mg for acid reducer , found at local pharmacy . One a day for a couple days and he returns to normal . 

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DonT

My old dog (13) had what you are describing, it got progressively worst over a few months.  It stated out with coughing once or twice a week, to once a day, to several times a day.   Interestingly this dog during this period would eat more grass than normal.    The blood work and chest x rays were good, the ultra sound on the heart was inconclusive.  So my Vet brought in a Specialist and they came up with Aspiration Pneumonia.  Doxycycline was prescribed and with in a week it went away.  Good luck with you pup.  

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Brad Eden

I've been told I am wrong many times by many people much more knowledgeable than me and this is no exception...my dogs will occasionally start grazing and eating grass with a frenzy. Cash did this just the other day. I immediately told JoAnn to keep an eye on him that he didn't puke it up on the carpet in the house. Sure enough he did, but on the deck. And then was fine. This sudden grass grazing is always followed by them puking up the wads of grass mixed with bile and saliva. I'm convinced they eat the grass to clear their stomach of something that's bothering them. But again, I've been told I'm wrong about that. 

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Rick Hall
45 minutes ago, Brad Eden said:

I'm convinced they eat the grass to clear their stomach of something that's bothering them.

 

I'm convinced you're absolutely right.  Sometimes.  Sometimes they're wanting to purge.  Others it seems to help settle a stomach after too much excitement, like an anticipated run, and they don't pitch it back up.  Other times it just seems they like the taste of it.  There's a certain small, clump-ish, fine leaved spring grass here my young one seeks out, pulls and eats dirty roots and all to no end I can discern.  

 

Fortunately, none of mine have appeared damaged by any of it.

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Jacquidog

All three of mine do it, seems like it's more prevalent in  the cool damp weather. One of the good benefits of laminate flooring.

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Mike Connally

All of mine have eaten grass but it seems to be during warm weather. I’m beginning to think they do it when they are thirsty. 

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ryanr

Mine do this, especially this time of year. As others have said, only the long grass, they don't bother if it's cut. My pup was hacking yesterday afternoon after a run through some tall grass and weeds. Up came a bit of bile and saliva and a few seeds.

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BlacknTan

All mine have done this.. some more, some less.. I try to discourage it, and sometimes that creates the desire for it.

I have noticed though, that during stomach upsets, the desire to eat grass is more pronounced, but it seems a somewhat different behavior to the casual munching. Our Sandy was a kennel dog in her early days, and she did alot of it.. I used to say that she was "grass deprived.." hence the lust for it. Almost as tasty as horse manure, a noted delicacy for all dogs, but there is grass and seeds there also... just a bit "pre processed."

 

I've come to the conclusion that, sometimes, dogs just like to throw up...

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oatmeal

My older setter is a vigorous grass eater and it never bothered me until one late June (it's always this time of year) I took her for a hike in the mountains with my 2 yr old daughter. Since my daughter was in the kiddy backpack or sometimes hiking very slowly along, and I never worried much about this behavior, my dog ate a lot of cheat grass without me noticing. I didn't think much of the event until she was miserable through a night and we found out later that she had clogged up her intestines with a huge plug of cheat grass. It passed, with a little help of the barium drink they gave her for xrays, but it was a hit-or-miss few days. We did think she may had eaten something else, like maybe a diaper, and we tried to see that with xrays.  In the end, I  mostly try to curtail her grazing. Cheatgrass is likely more miserable than many grasses, and she was eating the actual blades not necessarily the seeds (the seeds are particularly terrible it turns out). I am generally more cautious  about this than I was before. The turd was like the densest plug of grass you've ever seen and took minutes to pass.

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Gyrfolco
On 6/3/2018 at 3:03 PM, Brad Eden said:

I've been told I am wrong many times by many people much more knowledgeable than me and this is no exception...my dogs will occasionally start grazing and eating grass with a frenzy. Cash did this just the other day. I immediately told JoAnn to keep an eye on him that he didn't puke it up on the carpet in the house. Sure enough he did, but on the deck. And then was fine. This sudden grass grazing is always followed by them puking up the wads of grass mixed with bile and saliva. I'm convinced they eat the grass to clear their stomach of something that's bothering them. But again, I've been told I'm wrong about that. 

Absolutely correct, a couple of mine will do it to clear their stomach. The only difference that I've seen is they only do it when on a lesser quality food. None of mine eat grass on the food I give them now. Nor have they since I started feeding it almost a year ago, until I bought a bag of cheaper food to ease the cost. One female started eating grass before I even transitioned her to the cheaper food. Needless to say she went right back on her regular food and stopped eating grass immediately. 

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Randy S

My little springer eats dry pine needles. Scoops 'em up on the run nearly daily. They pass all the way through her with seemingly no ill effects. 

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