PetMeds® Why Dogs Eat Grass
|Another common question presented by canine guardians is why does their dog eat grass? This common behavior can have many potential causes. Some dogs will graze on grass when their stomachs are upset. By ingesting chlorophyll and other purging nutrients in grass, this will often allow dogs to vomit, which makes them feel better. In other situations, dogs will graze on grass when their diet is deficient, although this is much less common. Always try and feed as natural a diet as possible, preferably one minimally processed with no byproducts and preserved naturally. If at all possible I would refer clients to books outlining how to make a proper homemade diet.|
My clients that have made the transition over to proper homemade diets have seen amazing results in their animals in a wide variety of symptoms, including some pets no longer eating grass. Many of these homemade recipes will include many green leafy veggies which contain very important phytonutrients and antioxidants that have wonderful health benefits.
And finally there are pets who simply are what I call “lawn mowers,” in that they just have a habit of eating grass. As long as the grass has not recently been treated with pesticides or contains toxic mushrooms, most dogs tolerate eating grass just fine. It is important to keep in mind that the diets of the prey of wild dogs do contain grasses and grains, which dogs will consume indirectly when killing and eating an animal in the wild.