Dogs are fun but weird animals. We watch them eat and notice that they don’t usually chew their food but instead gobble up their food. They may eat their vomit, which is very gross, eat raw meat as if it’s the end of the world, and lick his wounds and yours too if he can’t help it.
But all these weird, bizarre behaviors are natural, and they are only following their natural inclination. In this article, we will tackle several dog behaviors that we consider mortifying but are entirely reasonable for your pooch.
Not chewing their food better
Ever wonder how your dog can eat without chewing their food as much as we do? We may tend to think that our dogs should act like we do, including the way they eat. But our pooch’s snout, teeth, and jaw are not designed to chew, at all. If you notice a dog’s teeth, they look different from ours. They are sharp and designed to grab and tear meat for swallowing.
Dogs don’t have molars, and they don’t need it at all. A dog’s jaw is rigid, making it hard for them to move their jaws from side to side. Hence, they can’t chew their food and molars will be useless.
Have you seen your loyal buddy eat their meal, throw it all up, and proceed on eating it again? If you do, you are not alone. Many pet owners watch helplessly while their dogs eat their own vomit. It’s gross, but it’s nature after all. Dogs vomit not because they want to, but it’s their body ‘saying’ how much food is going through the esophagus to be properly digested. Sometimes they just gobbled their food too fast causing them to vomit.
Why dogs can eat raw food and not get sick
Have you ever wondered why dogs eat raw meat without getting ill? The answer is that dogs can stand fresh meats because their stomach is designed to do so. For one, they have a higher amount of hydrochloric acid in their gut as compared to ours.
The powerful acid from a dog’s stomach will help kill bacteria present in raw food. The acid breaks down those chunks of food for better digestion, and the nutrients can be absorbed by the body. In cases were bacteria is just too healthy to be destroyed, a canine’s gut is shorter compared to humans. It means a dog’s body removes waste products immediately preventing bacteria to infiltrate their organs.
Licking their wounds
Although most dog experts and vets would be against a dog’s licking of his or her injuries, doggie saliva contains enzymes that serve as an antibiotic. Many experts would go against a dog’s inclination to lick their wounds because of the risk of infection, but it’s how nature works. Indeed some injuries like those that need stitches must be protected to promote faster healing.