Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?Dog Behavior Series -2

                                                                  Why do dogs eat grass?

Do you want to know the secret why  your dog eats grass? Keep reading to discover my top 3 tips to achieve this by gaining an understanding of your dog’s behavior.

Grass, or plant eating, is a widely recognized behavior among domestic dogs for various reasons and is often misunderstood with little or no research or statistical data to backup the opinions of others, or myths created by others, as to why dogs eat grass. In other words, no one really knows. But what we do know, is that it is a common dog behavior that baffles many dog owners. In fact, one survey found that grass is the most commonly eaten plant by dogs. But why do they do it? There is not one simple answer and there are, most likely, many more reasons for this type of dog behavior. This article will shed some light on the possibilities as to why.

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Why do dogs eat grass?

There are several reasons why your dog eats grass. Let’s find out what they are and what you need to understand in order to eliminate the problem. Or is it a problem? Statistical findings support the perspective that plant eating is normal behavior among domestic dogs.

It’s important to understand why your dog may be displaying this behavior so you can address it, if needed. So here are a few reasons your dog may be eating grass.

  • Reason number one

Your dog needs to clear his throat by vomiting. In many cases, the dog isn’t actually throwing up. Canines cannot clear their throats, so they often swallow grass because it helps the frothy stuff that collects in their throat to come up.

  • Reason number two

Your dog is bored and eating grass as a form of entertainment. If this is the case, your dog needs exercise more often, perhaps a walk? Or, provide him/her with toys to pass the time. In other words, give your dog something to do or play with.

  • Reason number three

Your dog likes the texture or taste of grass. It is as delicious to them as a salad is to you.

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There are other reasons why dogs eat grass that you need to be aware of.

  • Reason number one

Your dog is eating grass to soothe a sore throat resulting from an infection. If your dog stops eating his food, has a fever, or seems lethargic; it is time to see a vet.

  • Reason number two

Your dog may be self-medicating by seeking a remedy for a gassy or upset stomach. In other words, your dog may have a feeling of nausea and eats grass as a solution for his stomach irritation. There is little nutritional value in grass for them because dogs cannot digest it. It’s worth calling your vet if your dog doesn’t normally display this behavior and just suddenly started eating grass to rule out any intestinal issues that can potentially be serious.

Now it’s time for my top 3 tips to prevent your dog from eating grass.

  • Tip number one

Ensure your dog gets plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

  • Tip number two

Ensure your dog has a balanced nutritional diet and that he gets enough to eat and drink.

  • Tip number three

If the eating of grass is not sudden or excessive, then don’t fret. It’s normal dog behavior and not necessarily a bad thing.

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Now let’s recap.

Grass eating is a common dog behavior that usually occurs in normal dogs and is generally not associated with illness or dietary needs. Signs of illness are infrequent and vomiting afterward is also not common.

One more thing; be advised, it is not wise to allow your dog to eat grass that has been subjected to herbicides or other toxins. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from poisoning caused by lawn treatments, contact your vet immediately.

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