Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? Is It Cause For Concern?

Have you ever found yourself asking the question: Why do dogs eat grass? Well, it might come as a surprise to see your furry friend eating grass. But this is no surprise. Rather, you might be surprised to know that this is a common practice among dogs.

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass

Here’s what Bark Team’s Dr. Molly McAllister has to say on the subject!

“There are a few possible reasons why a dog eats grass.

 

It is possible that your dog has an upset stomach and is trying to induce vomiting. It could also mean your dog has a dietary deficiency and is instinctively trying to fill it by eating grass.

The most plausible reason though is that your dog is perfectly healthy and doing what dogs do.

Eating grass is a normal dog behavior. It is generally not associated with any illness or dietary deficiency.  It reflects an innate predisposition inherited from your dog’s wild ancestors.

Yes, your dog will sometimes vomit recently chewed grass along with other stomach content but that doesn’t necessarily mean that her stomach is hurting in the first place.

In fact, a recent study found that dogs fed a complete and balanced diet are as likely to graze on grass as dogs that are known to suffer nutritional deficiencies.

One thing to keep in mind is that lawns might have been treated with certain herbicide and pesticides.

If you’re concerned with your dog’s health and behavior, contact your local veterinarian.”

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