A lot of dog owners wonder, and ask, why does my dog eat grass? It’s really not uncommon for a lot of us pups to munch on grass! Grass is like green vegetables to us WOOF! In fact, most of us pups enjoy all types of green vegetables as well! There are a few thoughts on it that I’ll let my Lady tell ya about.
Why Does My Dog eat Grass?
Most of us think that when our dogs eat grass they have an upset stomach. We come to that conclusion because after eating grass, they throw up. In part, it may be true. Dogs seek out natural remedies, like grass, to settle a gassy or upset stomach. The grass may tickle their throat, making them throw up.
Grass is Like Veggies!
Some dogs like the flavor and will nibble a bit of grass now and again to enjoy the taste. Grass is like greens or vegetables that us humans eat. Miss Molly loves veggies and is known to nibble a few blades of grass every now and again.
Grass contains essential nutrients. If your dog is on a commercial dog food diet, they may crave these essential nutrients. Eating a few blades of grass every now and again or even daily is not a bad thing for them.
Some veterinarians have a theory that dogs eat grass for the fiber. If your dog seems to crave grass you might want to switch them to a higher fiber content dog food. You can also add cooked vegetables to your dog’s current food. Veggies like green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, asparagus, and sweet potatoes will enhance their food and provide essential nutrients.
Eating a Few Blades vs Grazing
If your dog is eating grass, there is no need for concern. Dogs have been doing this for centuries. With that said, there is a difference in munching on a few blades of grass and grazing huge amounts. If your dog is consuming huge quantities of grass, or suddenly consuming large amounts, they may have a medical issue and should be immediately seen by a vet.
We experienced the grazing with one of our dogs. She normally likes to munch a few blades of grass every now and again and seems to enjoy it. However, on this particular day, she had begun throwing up and having a little diarrhea. Then, she literally started grazing grass like a cow grazing in a pasture.
It was very alarming at the amount she was consuming! The vomiting and diarrhea became worse and bloody! It was scary to say the least and an immediate vet visit was in order. Turns out she had a severe gastrointestinal infection that required medications. In this instance, the grass did not make her sick. She was trying to self-medicate her sick stomach.
Make sure your dog is not eating grass that has recently been sprayed with chemicals. While the grass may not be bad for fido, the chemicals could very well be toxic and make them sick!
The answer to the age-old question of why does my dog eat grass could be an upset tummy, they may need a little more fiber in their diet, they may crave essential nutrients, or they might just like the taste 🙂
Does your pooch enjoy munching on a little grass sometimes?