Why does my dog eat grass? The question may be simple, but the answer is not.
You must be confused when you see your dog mowing the lawn, right? Will eating grass hurt him or her? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Dogs eating grass is very common. Not much is known as to why they eat grass, just some theories from experts.
One theory is that it is tasty. Why stop indulging after breakfast, lunch or dinner? They eat grass because they like the way it tastes. Remember, dogs like all sorts of things from your dirty socks to your home cooked meals.
Also, dogs will look for a natural remedy for a gassy or upset stomach and grass does the trick. Dogs need roughage in their diets to help digest food and pass stool. Grass is a good source of fiber and can help their bodily functions work more smoothly.
According to Petmd.com , “When ingested, the grass blade tickles the throat and stomach lining; this sensation, in turn, may cause the dog to vomit, especially if the grass is gulped down rather than chewed.”
Another theory is some dogs eat grass just to pass the time because they are simply bored. The solution may be as easy as giving them a chew toy. However, in some cases it might not work and they continue to munch on the lawn. Looks like it may be time to dedicate a little more time to your furry loved one and their exercise routine. Taking your pup the park for a play date or longer daily walks may help.
Make sure to keep an eye on your loved one when munching away on grass. If you notice an increase in grass eating it could be a sign of an underlying illness. You should contact your veterinarian immediately for advice. Grass itself may not be harmful, however the pesticides sprayed on it can be very toxic for your dog. When pulling the grass from the ground your dog may ingest intestinal parasites, like hook worms or round worms.
Some ways you can help protect your grass eater is
- Using only non-toxic products on your own lawn.
- When you’re out in public areas, keep an eye out for signs warning that chemicals have been used on the grass.
- If you really want to go the extra mile, you can provide a safe alternative by growing a grass or herb garden specifically for him or her to snack on.
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