Ask A Vet: Why does my dog eat grass?

Ask A Vet: Why does my dog eat grass?

If you’re a dog parent, you have probably noticed that sometimes your pup does the weirdest things. And one of these things is when you let them out, they start randomly eating grass. Well, sometimes it’s not that random.

Your beloved doggo isn’t a cow, so you may be confused when you see them munching on the grass. You’ll even get worried. Are they sick? Hungry? Bored? Is eating grass going to hurt them?

First of all, rest assured you’re not alone wondering this, especially if your pup is eating grass and puking.

Pica:

Pica is the scientific term for a disorder indicated by eating things that aren’t necessarily food. At times, pica means that your doggo has a nutritional deficiency, although often it is only a sign of boredom, particularly when practiced by puppies or younger dogs.

Dogs eating grass is actually very common. This particular trait has been observed in wild dogs, also. This form of pica usually doesn’t cause many problems.

Many veterinarians consider it normal behavior. Surveys have found that grass is the plant most commonly eaten by dogs.

Why is your dog eating grass?

There are various reasons for your dog to be grazing on your lawn.

Some people have proposed the idea that dogs turn to eat grass when they feel unwell to make themselves puke, so they feel better. Some others rejected this idea on the basis that dogs have not been proven competent enough to decide that eating grass would treat their upset stomach.

Diet deficiencies:

Various diet deficiencies are caused by nutrients, minerals, or vitamins absent from a dog’s daily intake. So it could be your pup’s way of getting fiber, which helps them pass poop and gas and assists other bodily functions.

Is eating grass terrible for dogs?

Although ingesting grass is not usually dangerous to dogs, it can cause intestinal parasites. It’s also necessary to note that the pesticides and herbicides sprayed on the lawn can be very critical for your pup.

Should you take action?

If you notice your doggo eating grass more excessively or frequently, stay alert of potential underlying diseases that your dog could be attempting to self-treat. Also, keep an eye out for diarrhea, weight loss, vomiting, blood in stool, decreased appetite, lip licking, or lethargy.

Always observe your dog if there are house plants nearby, as some can cause toxicity if they’re ingested or chewed. While chewing on the grass is expected behavior in many canines, you can also train your pup out of the behavior to provide them peace of mind.

It’s always safer to consult your vet if you think your dog has munched on a toxic house plant or possibly ate too much grass. The vet will be able to perform different tests or even physical assessments to determine your pup’s conditions. If your doggo doesn’t show any symptoms, but you think that they may have gobbled up too much grass, allow time for potty breaks and keep them hydrated.


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