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Here is a question for you. Marley’s recovery is going very well. He is full of pent up energy. We have taken to the backyard every day for “calm” play session. The last couple of days he has gone on short walks. Last evening, before dinner, his big New Foundland friend a couple of doors down, Jewel, spotted us. Not having seen his little buddy for nearly a week, his owner brought him down for a visit. We had a good controlled visit. At one point Marley took a mini doodle 500 and stooped on one side of tree, with Jewel “running”, or as fast as a 150 lb. dog can run, stopped on the opposite side. They waited for the next dog to make his or her move. Marley did not budge, and as I came around the tree Marley’s head was buried in a small patch of rather large mushrooms. I got over in time but after collecting remains I determined that he may have only gotten one ingested.

To make a long story a little shorter, later in the evening Marley began heaving, but did not throw up. I decided to take him out and see if he would there. He went out and starting eating grass with a vengeance. I was not sure what to do, but I do recall reading in research long ago that dogs do so to make themselves throw up. Well within 5 minutes of finishing off his “salad”, Marley, with me by his side in the pouring rain, and I do mean pouring, threw up whatever he had in him. Close to eleven o’clock now and my assumption was he ate a mushroom and if I kept an eye on him things might be ok now that it is out of his symptom. Kathy went to bed with my blessing. His heaving continued so I took him back out about 20 minutes later thinking maybe that wasn’t all. He ate more grass and more, but no results. Finally I figured if nothing is coming after this amount, he must be empty and I was not going to wait until filled up on grass. So we went back in.

The vigil continued. Periods of rest and heaving for a long time. Finally about 3 AM he threw up again. Nothing but grass and some digestive juices I would assume. Having stayed up all night and Marley resting comfortably, I decided to lay down on the couch beside him to get some much needed sleep. It was 3:45am. An hour later Kathy told me it was time to get up. ‘Fraid not. We tended to Marley’s needs. Pee, Poop, Breakfast (1/2 the normal amount) and he seemed good as new!! He rested some more after breakfast, his normal routine. Went for a short walk, relieved himself again. I snoozed a bit while Kathy did that. I went to work a few hours late, after determining it seemed ok to do so. Our dog training neighbor is checking on him a couple of times today for us, and I have not heard from her so that is a good thing.

What is the scoop on dogs, eating grass to make them throw up because of an upset stomach? I am confident that is what Marley did. After doing some research in my all night vigil, I found a number of different view points and theories. The most important thing I found was nowhere did I read that if your dog eats grass, rush him to the hospital. That was my biggest concern. Any grass experiences?(the kind on your front lawn that is) Thoughts? I really am a believer in the eating til you puke theory now.

Thanks for listening. Brevity in story telling is an art I have yet to master. I would guess that is a trait I inherited from my father. Sorry.
 
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I don't know about eating grass other than I know it makes them sick. I would call the vet about the mushroom though as I know those can be poisonious depending on the kind.

I hope the little guy is feeling better soon!!
 

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Boyd eats grass when his stomach is upset. Just a few blades here and there...

One time he ate a huge chunk of grass off the ride mower and threw it up literally within 5 mins of eating it.
 

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:roll: Greg... His name is Marley .... of course, he's going to like GRASS! :wink:
Not so sure about the 'shrooms though ... :shock:
 

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For some reason.....Miko and Jonah eat grass every morning and never throw it up! Is it possible for some dogs it's just something they do? Like a nice salad before the entree??
 

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Dogs did this in the wild...and still do with being domesticated.

Grass is like a purge to their system or maybe i am not using the right word. It can aid in cleansing their system, if they ingest too much up it comes and then all is well again.

MUSHRooms however can be extremely dangerous!!! I would call the vet or buy a book on mushrooms. I did when my kids were small so i could identify them and will now make sure I find it this weekend.

Today while out with Max and Peanut for 2hours i smashed and disposed of any and all mushrooms i found in my back yard . Fall is a time they appear
 

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Good responses folks. We have had rainy periods this summer and I have been religiously picking them before Marley got an opportunity to go after them. This rain we just got caught me a little off guard and the grow so fast. I got some the back yard earlier, but these were in the front hidden by a white birch tree that I have grown so the branches are low to the ground. I would not notice them unless I was standing right there.

He was good this morning and our neighbor said he seemed fine. She checked on him every couple of hours from 10 to 4. And tonight he was great. Full of energy and ready to do everything and anything. Back to his old self. Phew!! Yeah!!

His incision from his procedure is looking great too. No problems there. So I think Marley is good and ready to. Looking forward to working my ½ day tomorrow and spending the weekend with my buddy! But now it's off to bed shortly to catch up on my missed sleep.

FoodLady Great grass line!! He He

Sue, interesting reading. I am definitely a subscriber to the eat grass to vomit theory. He like to dig grass but rarely actually eats it it. I felt he wanted it for a reason, because he did this once with my Mother-in-law when were out of town for a few days this summer, after exercising to extreme and then drinking water fast.
 

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Don't have a clue why I think this....but, I think I was told that dogs eat grass when their stomach is already upset, it soothes and settles the stomach....unless, of course, it can't be soothed and must empty itself of its contents. I think nausea is soothed by the grass, so they run to eat some....but if they are really sick they will throw up either with, or without it. Eating a clump of cut grass off the mower, would make anyone throw up, Yes?? Well, maybe not....

B. Marley's grass is supposed to settle the stomach, too.....it could settle several issues.......
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Glad your Marley is feeling better.....mushrooms should be off limits no matter what, huh? I think so. I would never remember which were harmful and which weren't.
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I would not be worried about the grass - all my dogs have eaten grass with no negative results

the Mushrooms though, I'd be very concerned about - don't know which ones are poisonous - I prob would have called my vet on that one. Do you have a night/weekend emergency vet - you might want to have their number handy just incase you have a problem at night

Hope Marley is ok
 
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