Many dogs eat grass to settle an upset stomach. It’s a typical dog behavior that rarely indicates signs of illness.
Dogs can’t run to the pharmacy if their tummies are upset. Nature, however, has provided them with an instinct to eat grass as a way to help them rid their bodies of indigestible materials, such as toy stuffing, a sock, or especially pieces of undigested rawhide.
Dogs in the wild eat grass and plant material, and now our dogs do so if they have ingested something toxic. They also eat grass if there is an excess of mucus and bile in their stomachs because they are hungry. And, some dogs like the taste of grass.
Grass also provides extra roughage that may be needed if your dog either has diarrhea or is feeling constipated.
Consider what your dog eats
If your dog routinely eats grass, reconsider the dog food you provide. You may need to switch to higher-quality dog food to make sure your dog gets all the nutrients they need.
Hungry dogs eat grass to relieve themselves of the discomfort of the mucus and bile build-up in their empty stomach.
This behavior is typical for an otherwise healthy dog. If it is done to excess, take your dog to your veterinarian so they can check for a more serious medical problem. You also may consider making a change to your dog’s diet, add a nutritional supplement, or perhaps add an extra feeding per day.
Most dogs vomit after eating grass and if your dog ate grass, make sure they do not return to the house until they have vomited outside. Induced vomiting after eating grass may be necessary. Then, be sure to check it out. It sounds gross, but you may get a clue as to what is causing this behavior!
To keep your dog (and lawn) healthy, consider using pet-safe grass seed and organic fertilizers.
For dogs confined to condos or apartments or if you use chemicals on your lawn, provide them with wheatgrass. It is available at many pet stores. Cats love it too!
Your dog often instinctively knows what is best. If medical reasons are eliminated, and you don’t treat your lawn with chemicals, let your dogs eat plants and grass. It’s nature’s way of helping them stay healthy.
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