If your dogs are like mine, most likely you've noticed them munching on different grasses in your yard, on walks, in new environments. You may have wondered, like I did, if perhaps your dog is crossed with a cow!
Let me assure, he's not! And what he's doing is so much more fascinating than you may even realize.
What he's doing when he's eating that grass is called zoopharmacognosy. Zoo for animal, pharma for medicine, and cognosy for knowledge. It's basically a super fancy word that just means that animals self medicate. A dog, or any animal, that eats something that's not a part of his normal diet is self medicating.
If you watch your dog very closely, you'll notice that he doesn't just randomly eat any and all grass, but he's actually selecting the types of grass very carefully. He could be doing this to clean his digestive system, to clean his teeth or even to control worms.
Scientists studying this have found that whatever the substance the animal is eating will become super tasty if, and only if, their body needs a particular healing compound found in that substance. Once their body no longer needs it and is healed, the plant stops being tasty and they are no longer interested. Fascinating isn't it!
Now this is something innate, which means the animal is born with the ability - he doesn't have to learn it. Dogs have retained this ability from their wild ancestors. Not surprising, as anything that is very useful to survival is not easily lost, and dogs haven't been domesticated all that long when you think about it in terms of evolution.
We can actually use this ability that our dogs have to tell us what they need when they aren't well and have them guide us in the choice of the aromatics they need, such as essential oils and hydrosols.
Instead of deciding for them, and pretty much guessing, we can enter into a conversation with our dog and learn so much more about what is bothering them. I have other blog articles where I talk about this in more depth and I also offer a service where I work with your dog at a distance to find out what oils he needs and help you in healing his physical and behavioral issues. You can learn more here -> Canine Psycharomatica Session
And if you want to try out offering oils to your dog on your own, I've created a handy guide that explains how to offer the oils to your dog! Get your FREE essential oil remedy use guide right HERE!
Now go watch your dog eat grass...and be fascinated!!!