Wheatgrass for Dogs

 

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Wheatgrass is one of the best living sources of chlorophyll available.  It’s has over 100 elements that are needed by our bodies.  It’s loaded with amino acids, enzymes, protein, vitamins and minerals.  It is a wonderful detoxifier and rebuilds the blood stream. Chlorophyll washes away drug deposits in the body and neutralizes toxins.  It also helps in purifying the liver. On top of all that, it neutralizes odors and gives your dog fresh breath.

As soon as I get the wheatgrass juicer out, Tashi goes crazy for her favorite healthy treat of the day.  We grow our own wheatgrass and grind it daily with a HandyPantry macerating juicer.  It only takes a few minutes and is easy to clean up.  The benefits of wheatgrass are highest if you drink it within 20 minutes of juicing, but you can keep some in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze it in small amounts in baby ice cube trays.  I generally juice about 2 ounces of grass a day for myself and give Tashi about 1/4 tsp which she enjoys straight.  If your dog is not so keen on wheatgrass, you can also add it to food or water.

Powdered wheat or barley grass is a good option as well if you are short on time.  Just make sure you are buying a product that does not have other stuff added to it that may be harmful to your dog.

The key to using wheatgrass for your dog is to use it in small amounts.  Too much wheatgrass too soon can be too detoxifying and cause vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness.  Tashi weighs 14 lbs so she gets 1/4 a tsp, but we started with a tiny drop and built up from there over time.  A 50 lb dog can build up to 1 tsp a day.

Happy juicing!