Why do dogs eat grass?

Surely you will often see different behaviors in your faithful dog that you are not very sure about.

One of these is when you see him gently chew on the grass out in your garden , and you ask yourself wheather you own a dog or a goat, you start to be worried if munching on grass might create some health problems and you catch yourself wondering why do dogs eat grass in a first place if it seems to make them vomit? Do not be alarmed, it is not as unusual behavior for dogs as you might think.

In this article you will be introduced to the main theories about dogs passion for greeneries and you might find the answers to your questions.

Why do dogs eat grass?

The question is absolutely legitimate, especially if you see that after eating the grass, the dog is vomiting.

It seems that this action of your pet has no certain theory, but let’s see what some of the current ideas are stating.

One of the many is that the dogs simply likes the taste and texture of the grass,  so they eat it because it is a good snack.

Other idea states that dogs might munch the grass because they have a nutritional deficiency and by eating grass they take fiber and chlorophyll which, among other things, also have substances that help the digestive process.

This theory is based on the fact that a lot of dogs ingest small amounts of grass frequently and without vomiting.

Another theory, on the other hand, claims that dogs eat grass when they do not feel very good to stimulate vomiting .

It is thought so because of the behaviour observed in the wild dogs and wolves. In the nature if the dogs or wolves ingested something that made them sick or feel nausea they would eat some grass to stimulate vomiting and discard whatever might have caused the illness.

So according to this theory dogs eat grass due to feeling nausea or foreign object they have might ingested and not due to a malnutrition issue.

It may also be that your dog eats the grass simply because of boredom. In fact many bad habits form because the dogs are understimulated, so they think of ways to entertain themselves.

How to stop it?

If the dog behaves this way because it is bored then the solution is very simple.

Even if your dog has a garden where it can run free that does not mean he gets enough stimulation.

We always need to remember that dogs are social animals, they do not like to be alone, especially young puppies.  Our family pets like the company of other dogs but in most of the cases they value our company even more, so spend more time with them, stimulate both body and mind with various games and training sessions and don’t forget the socialization with other dogs.

All this is really important. Soon you will see grass munching gradually disappearing and your little garden goat turning out to be a dog.

In case of nutritional deficiency you will need to serve your dog with better quality food, preferably with more fiber, as well as in the previouse case the problem will be resolved naturally.

Watch out for a sudden increase in grass eating; it could be a sign of a more serious underlying illness that your dog is trying to self-treat, and that requires immediate veterinary assistance.

However, remember that in general a consultation with a veterinar is always a good thing to do.

Is it dangerous?

In general, ingesting grass is not considered a high-risk gesture. However it must be considered as indispensable factor.

First of all grass can contain herbicides and pesticides, which are absolutely poisonous for dogs as well as for other animals if ingested.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that in our gardens and house holds, there are many toxic plants for dogs. 

Here you can find PETMD approved  list of toxic plants for dogs.

You may also want to buy a small tray of grass just for the dog or start a herbal home garden. This will give to your greenery lover an alternative to the outdoor grass and landscaping, the snack which could lead to accidental ingestion of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals that have been used to treat your (or your neighbor’s) yard or the toxic plants.

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