Few dogs today have the ability to select their diet. They take what we present to them, and mostly they will eat whatever they are given. Like people, when they are hungry, they will eat, and often, regardless of the content. Particularly when they know it's this or nothing at all.
Food, as we all know, benefits us and our hounds in several ways:
- to satisfy hunger
- to enjoy (particularly as humans) but dogs also love to enjoy food. t
- to heal to repair and maintain tissue and body chemistry at it's optimum
- In other words – maintain homeostasis – or equilibrium
You may have noticed when out walking your greyhounds and/or whippets, they will often stop and graze on grass or herbs in the hedgerows.
However, many people refuse to allow their hounds to graze in this way.
If the verge is on a busy roadside, it may not be ideal to let them graze there, as fumes and gases from traffic may have contaminated the vegetation.
But away from roads this is perfectly acceptable, and even a good thing.
There are countless beneficial herbs that help and heal, if the hound is given the option to select for him or herself.
One such herb is the Cleavers plant, often called the 'sticky plant' characterized by small sticky burrs that will stick to your clothes if you pass by them.
One of our hounds a lady in her 12th year, who makes a bee line for this plant when it is in season (March onwards in the UK). She has suffered with some spay related incontinence in the past, and this is her way of treating herself, but naturally. Who can argue with her inherent knowing that this will help her. condition?
Another easy to find and cheap herb for greyhounds and whippets is parsley. If you add a few sprigs to their evening or morning meals, it will add iron, caretenoids, and vitamins B, C* & K to their diets.
(*Dogs manufacture their own vitamins C)
As a firm believer in natural healing, I would never prevent any dog from 'browsing' the verges, providing it is clean and clear of debris. They have their own sense of what's good for their bodies, as we all do. If we listen.