Animals were the first to be fed wheatgrass and the results documented by Dr. Charles F. Schnabel. He was successful in demonstrating the positive effects of daily wheatgrass consumption on livestock and other animals. His first breakthrough was on July 31, 1930 when he got 126 eggs from 106 hens. Remarkable results especially as these hens were sick and dying when Dr. Schnabel got them. He found that the hen's egg production doubled, the shells were hard and the chicks born were free from common diseases. When studied in a laboratory, the hens fed wheatgrass had livers that were healthy mahogany and shiny like a mirror, those fed alphaphla had tan livers. Studies went on to include turkeys, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs with similar results. In fact, the animals, given the choice of eating quality vegetable or wheatgrass, ate the wheatgrass.
Tom Stem, a dog breeder since 1969 of Shetland Sheep Dogs and Irish Wolfhounds from Canada found significant results after giving his dogs wheatgrass on a daily basis. According to Stem, Irish Wolfhounds are prone to cancer and is the number one cause of death. Both the Irish Wolfhounds and Shelties are prone to cancer, liver, kidney, skin and bone problems. Stem stated that by being proactive with sound nutrition and use of wheatgrass, his dogs have been able to avoid most of these ailments. Stem also found great results in fertility, his Shelties generally had 2-4 puppies, but after consuming wheatgrass the litter increased to 5-7. The lifespan of his Shelties also improved, going from 7-8 years to 10-11 years. Most of his Irish Wolfhounds live until they are 9 years old (they typically live 4-5 years). Stem also worked with a veterinarian on a case of a dog with cancer. Stem nursed the dog back to a point where it was no longer in pain, socialized with other dogs, was active and lived an additional 9 months with the terminal cancer.
Imagine what improvements you could see in your pets by adding wheatgrass to their daily diet?