As dog parents there are so many behaviors that our dogs do and we don’t get. One of these behaviors is grass eating. Grass eating is a common problem that most dog parents face and don’t know what to do about when faced with. It was surveyed that 75% of dogs who have access to grass ate grass at one time during their time, so yeah it is that common.
Eating grass is not essentially a problem. The most important thing is that you make sure that the grass doesn’t contain any pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals that might be toxic to your dog. There are also some types of plants that might be toxic so you have to be careful when your dog is out and about. Other than that, it is okay to let your dog eat grass. Below are some of the reasons why your dog is eating grass.
- Stomach distress
Some dogs vomit when they eat grass. With that in mind, some dogs eat grass when they feel the need to vomit as they get a feeling of relief afterwards. Some of the common causes of stomach distress are nausea, bloating, gastrointestinal disease, or a virus.
Yes, tasty! Just as dogs sometimes roam under the table to get some table scraps, eating grass to a dog can sometimes be the same.
Other dogs eat grass just because they are bored. If you feel that your dog is eating grass out of boredom then you need to engage him/her in activities that would drain his energy like going for long walks or playing with a frisbee.
Grass is high in potassium, fiber and chlorophyll. Sometimes dogs tend to eat grass because they lack fiber in their diets. Grass is also a pretty good source of digestive enzymes.
Why do dogs vomit when they eat grass?
When ingested the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining. This sensation may cause the dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped down rather than chewed.