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Hey guys, so I think Bandit has been doing awesome eating the PMR diet and I'm definitely seeing a difference in his overall energy levels and his coat. But the past few days Bandit has been eating some grass and I was curious if any other PMR feeders have seen this and know a healthy way I can combat it. I have always heard that eating grass was a sign of an upset tummy and my dad is pushing for me to switch him to BARF because he doesn't think Bandit is getting all the nutrients he needs. I'm not really cool with that because I believe PMR is much healthier. Any help would be appreciated!
 

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I don't think grass eating is always because of an upset tummy. All three of my dogs graze on a regular basis and I see many other dogs do the same. Occasionally my dogs will eat grass because their belly hurts, but it's much more desperate and i can't distract them. If he's just eating a little and doesn't seem upset, i wouldn't worry about it.
 

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PMR is much better, its the species appropriate of the two. Some time when fresh spring grass comes up, they just munch, but will puke it up soon after.

How long have you been feeding raw, and what all are you feeding?
 

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Okay I was curious if the grass-eating= upset tummy was a myth. He doesn't seem obsessed with it, I only noticed today when he was on lead in the backyard and I was talking to someone and not paying attention to him.

I've been feeding him PMR since right after my first thread on it. I'm on my phone so I'm not positive when that was but I believe it's been about 2 weeks. His diet is mostly pork shoulder and chicken thighs with the chicken thigh bone occasionally (but I believe when I first started I was giving him the bones way too often so I cut back) and he's got chicken liver right now and I have giblets for when those run out. I should be getting some goat soon but that's been delayed. I occasionally have put a teaspoon of plain yogurt with his food because he's sometimes picky about the raw chicken if it isn't still a bit frozen.

I was also worried about him being constipated, but read on another thread that dogs hold it in if they know their walk ends as soon as they potty and that issue cleared up very quickly once I started taking him on consistent walks no matter when he pooped.
 

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My dogs will eat grass, sometimes because of an upset stomach sometimes it seems just because they like it. Vegas is funny about it because he will sniff each blade of grass before picking the perfect pieces to eat, blade by blade. Nevada was a grazer, I called her my cow. Though she didn't really start grazing until after she watched a gosling I had eating grass.
 

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Okay I was curious if the grass-eating= upset tummy was a myth. He doesn't seem obsessed with it, I only noticed today when he was on lead in the backyard and I was talking to someone and not paying attention to him.

I've been feeding him PMR since right after my first thread on it. I'm on my phone so I'm not positive when that was but I believe it's been about 2 weeks. His diet is mostly pork shoulder and chicken thighs with the chicken thigh bone occasionally (but I believe when I first started I was giving him the bones way too often so I cut back) and he's got chicken liver right now and I have giblets for when those run out. I should be getting some goat soon but that's been delayed. I occasionally have put a teaspoon of plain yogurt with his food because he's sometimes picky about the raw chicken if it isn't still a bit frozen.

I was also worried about him being constipated, but read on another thread that dogs hold it in if they know their walk ends as soon as they potty and that issue cleared up very quickly once I started taking him on consistent walks no matter when he pooped.
I would start adding another protein, maybe some turkey. The grass eating is most likely from an upset tummy, and not only do you need to add another protein, but turkey is pretty bland and could help an upset tummy. You could go with turkey necks, since it sounds like you need to add a little more bone, and with it a boneless piece of turkey also. In the beginning during the transition through the proteins you need the bone. On raw, dogs are going to poop less anyway.
 

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Okay thank you I'll try that!
 
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