My Actifit Report Card: September 8 2019

in #actifit2 years ago

Why does bhowbali eat leaves?
If you have a dog too does it eat leaves? Have you ever wondered why does it do so?

I mean I know I am supposed to talk about my activity here. But I know, probably nobody reads it. And I don't blame you why would you be interested in knowing how did I complete my 10 K steps. So that's alright. I am going to talk about something else. Dogs and leaves. And I case anyone is interested in my activity it was similar to stuff what I did during last activity - that is walk my dogs and go to the lab.

Well talking of walking the dogs. Since bhowbali was a pup I have noticed that he just loved chewing leaves. Initially, I thought that's because he has some chronic stomach illness. Well, that's what the doctor told me. But guess what bhowbali doesn't puke every time he eats the leaves. And he does that almost every time he has finished his walk. And he is not so much interested in the grass as much he is interested in leaves of the plants you see here. His favourite is the drumstick tree, by the way. Strange!

In fact, what is even more interesting is that my other dog June, who never use to eat leaves has also started to do so. Probably learnt behaviour! I suppose.

So, I did a bit of digging. Turns out some dogs have this disorder called pica. It's kind of behaviour in the dog where they compulsively eat non-food items. But hey bhowbali doesn't eat any other non-food item except leaves. Also, pica won't explain why June developed this habit.

Another possible explanation is that they feel good after eating these leaves because they are aiding indigestion. I mean dogs are not the only animals that have discovered herbal therapies (Shurkin, 2014). Good luck next time claiming our ancestors were so smart that they discovered medicinal herbs. 😋

Another possibility is they might be lacking fibre in their diet. It has been shown in some studies that dogs eat plants to get some fibre in their diet. Which is in line with the above argument of digestive aid (see this we me article). So, this is what I am going to do. Right now they are on rice and chicken diet, so I am going to increase fibre in their diet from tomorrow and let's see how that goes.

What about my diet you ask?

Oh well, it didn't work out. I am still eating anything possible. In fact I am having too many hunger pangs which is interfering with my weight loss. I have been a bit low in the mood lately. Which is why I am also writing a post on depression. And I have craving sweets real bad. Why does that happen? Maybe I will tell you in next activity report.

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Very interesting @scienceblocks
My dog eats very often grass, but she doesn't touches leaves. I've heard many different things. The vet said it was very bad and she had stomach problems, again someone said it was deficiency symptoms, still someone else said it was a tick and again others said it was about the consumption of dietary fiber.
When she eats grass to puke, then she will eat old and fresh grass (just the kind with the long leaves). She starts puking really fast with this. I also would say she eats more grass she changes the fur (Summer/Winter and Winter/Summer).
But she can also eat fresh young grass in masses without puking. Maybe the fresh grass has a special taste that she likes very much.
I can't really explain it either.

Well, first of all I am really glad that you did read this. I was wondering if I made a mistake by sharing it in actifit report. So thanks for stopping by, really. :)

This is very interesting about why sometimes your dog pukes and other times it doesn't. Makes you wonder if dogs are really smart to choose the plants they want. I am sure as hell going to dig deeper into this. For now I will try putting these kids on high fibre diet to rule out that possibility. Let's see what comes out of this.

Nothing to thanks for @scienceblocks :-)
As a dog owner, I click on everything where a dog is in the thumbnail :-D
I must say it was a very interesting read which I hadn't expected in an actifit post.

As you say, they are very smart eating what they need. I just take care that she doesn't eat the grass along the road or grass that could contain pesticides or venomous plants. What I noticed, she eats a lot less grass in our own backyard. Probably it doesn't taste as good as it does in the forest.
I'm very curious about what you're going to figure out.

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