Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Is the grass greener on the dogs side

Many dogs have a very uncommon condition known as Pica, which means they tend to eat things that aren’t food, including dirt, faeces, toys, and yes, grass. Most experts concur with the fact that grass eating is normal canine behaviour. Though, this type of pica usually doesn’t cause too many problems, the question is, why grass?

Grass Tastes Good

It’s safe to assume that some dogs simply ‘savour the flavour’ and texture of grass. Grazing on grass acts as a source of fibre and even provides traces of vitamins and minerals,  often an indication of nutritional deficiency.

To Induce Vomiting

Consuming grass by a healthy dog generally does not create any gastrointestinal disturbance nor does it induce further vomiting. However, one might observe such episodes on grass consumption especially when the dog is new to it. These occasional grass eaters may be attempting to use it as a natural emetic to stimulate vomiting when they feel unwell to clear their alimentary canal.

Stomach distress

The grass is also believed to be a form of self-medication. When your dog has tummy troubles, they often tend to turn to grass for relief. If the behaviour starts abruptly or if your dog seems to be anxious about needing to eat the grass, often extending his neck and making swallowing motions, and then vomiting afterwards, it could be assumed that the dog is eating it as a cleansing mechanism.

How can stop my dog from eating grass?

If your dog’s grass-eating has started to concern you, there are some things you can try to help curb the habit. As previously mentioned, your dog may have a nutritional deficiency that is causing their upset stomach, so making adjustments to their food or eating habits could have an impact on your pet’s behaviour over time.  Consult with your vet to understand what will help with your dogs digestive issues. Also note that you should transition your pet’s food gradually over time giving them time to slowly adapt.