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Dottie's Corner
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November 14, 2018

8/2/2018 4:40:00 PM
Dottie's Corner

Canine Contributor

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

All canines eat grass. Doing so is perfectly normal behavior. So why DO dogs eat grass? 1) Pets eat grass so they can purge their system or vomit. 2) Pet dogs enjoy it.

Sometimes dogs voluntarily eat large quantities of grass when they have a gastrointestinal problem. They seek a compound to mechanically irritate the lining of their belly to induce throwing up. Canines eat large quantities of grass when they feel nauseous, gassy, or they may have simply consumed something that they shouldn’t have. Eating large quantities of grass will encourage vomiting. They will exhibit typically frantic behavior to get outdoors to eat the grass and begin eating non-selectively. This behavior is not generally anything to fret about; however, if your canine is doing this on a consistent basis, then you have to take a look at the most likely cause – their diet. Your canine is probably attempting to compensate for malnutrition. Consult your veterinarian and find a new diet plan. Some owners attain success in hindering their pet’s grass grazing by adding fresh, green and or fibrous vegetables or fruits to the diet. Even if your dog has actually been on the exact same food for several years, they may need a modification in diet as their bodies and nutritional requirements change in time.

Why do pet dogs delight in eating grass? In these situations,  your dog will be rather selective, opting for the highest grasses in much smaller quantities. Your pet dog is not frantic and will normally select a few grasses to munch. Canines understand exactly what they have to eat and maybe your pet dog is seeking nutrients. It is completely OK to let your pet dog eat small quantities of grass in this way, as long as the grass is not being treated with contaminants or insecticides. Some pet dogs will also eat grass due to boredom and absence of stimulation. This is called pica, a clinical condition characterized by a craving for substances mainly non-nutritive. This habit can typically be modified by providing your pet dog more companionship and having numerous chew toys available. Eating and chewing on grass is just something canines do. As animal owners you need to monitor their behavior and make sure any grass being consumed is safe to eat.

 From Town & Country Animal Hospital, Naples, Fl.

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