Wheatgrass & Pets

Overview

Intermediate wheatgrass (Thino-pyrum Agropyron intermedium), a common cover crop in pastures, is 70 percent chlorophyll. It contains 20 percent more protein than other wheat. Wheatgrass is gluten free and is considered for people and pets with gluten allergies. Planting wheatgrass around the garden for pets may help deter them from going further into the garden and harming other plants.

Nutrition

Wheatgrass contains more bran than other wheat crops and the berries and plant may be used for juice, pulp or flour. It is high in fiber content. Wheatgrass contains 30 enzymes, 90 minerals and 19 amino and nucleic acids. It provides vitamins A, Bs, C, E, H and K. Foraging animals, such as horses and cattle, benefit from this crop.

People to Pets

Wheatgrass has made the journey from health food to pet supplement. People reported benefits when sharing this product with their pets. Dog food developer Steve Meyerowitz began to research and publish on the subject. He reports that the Bronx zoo has its own wheatgrass field. Meyerowitz states that wheatgrass improves coat and skin condition, longevity and vitality in pets.

Cats

Cats are carnivores and also eat grass. Indoor cats will benefit from a garden of wheatgrass. The grass is rich in chlorophyll, amino acids and antioxidants that they require. Even outdoor cats will benefit from a grass grown organically without runoff or fertilizers found in yards.

Dogs

Wheatgrass benefits digestion in dogs and provides live enzymes. This helps lessen effects of environmental impurities or dietary inadequacies. Pet owners have reported increased longevity and greater vitality in dogs when their diet was supplemented with wheatgrass.

Cancer Diets

The presence of a wheatgrass garden may stimulate interest in food for those with a diminished appetite. Cancer patients are one such group. There is no proven effect on cancer or the tumor itself, but wheatgrass does support the immune system and health in general for people and pets.

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Andrea Krochalis began her 30-year writing career as a college newspaper editor and continued as a technical and grant writer in the areas of juvenile justice and community non-profit organizations. She has expertise in counseling adolescents and families, mediation and collaborative process. She has a master's and a certificate of advanced graduate studies.