Why do dogs eat grass?

dogs eat grass

The first time I saw my dog Cooper eat grass I didn’t like it but I didn’t think it would harm him. I thought, he must be hungry, so I went to grab him snacks. A visiting relative said, he’s not feeling well if he’s eating grass. At the time I didn’t think she was right, I thought there were many reasons he could be exhibiting the behavior. It’s what dogs do. My dog Abby tends to nibble on lawn and I’ve since uncovered many reasons why dogs eat grass.

Possible Illness

One day after Cooper relieved himself on a walk, I discovered a worm and immediately took him to the vet. It turned out he had roundworm. He would end up with multiple bouts of roundworm due to drinking muddy water during his time living as a stray dog. It’s entirely possible he ate grass due to not feeling well that day, however, he would continue to eat grass the entire time I had him.

According to Pets WebMD, eating grass doesn’t necessarily mean your dog will get sick. Less than 25% of dogs who eat grass vomit afterwards. It is up for debate whether dogs grass eat to ease an upset stomach. However, there is no way to know what caused them to vomit in the first place. Your dog may be hungering for more fiber in their diet, be bored or simply like the taste.

Although eating grass hasn’t been a proven as a remedy for dogs not feeling well, if you notice your furbaby has lost weight, is lethargic, or has diarrhea, get them in to see the vet right away.

Caution

A major concern with dogs eating grass has always been their possible consumption of toxic pesticides. I always assume grass has been treated with chemicals. Landscapers treat the lawn at my house and my parents’ house, so I try my best to shoo Abby from munching. It tough to do with her because she is not distracted by toys or any kind of chewy. My attempt to treat her to a day with Grandma and Grandpa ultimately has me stalking her so she won’t eat treated lawn.

If you suspect your dog may need more fiber, consult with your veterinarian about changing your dog’s food. Offering your pooch more herbs or veggies as alternative to grass may ease the craving. For more information about toxic and non-toxic plants check out the FurMom post for safe grazing.

Although eating grass hasn’t been a proven as a remedy for dogs not feeling well, if you notice your furbaby has lost weight, is lethargic, or has diarrhea, get them in to see the vet right away.

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