There are a number of reasons why dogs might eat grass and it’s actually quite common for them to do it. A lot of people assume that their dog is trying to make themselves sick – but this isn’t always the case.
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5 Reasons Why Dogs Eat Grass
#1. Nutritional Deficiency
It’s thought that perhaps your dog might eat grass when they are missing something in their diet – maybe they are not getting enough fiber. This is a possibility and you could change their food. However any changes in diet should be discussed with your vet.
#2. To Make themselves sick
It’s thought that dogs eat grass to make them sick when they have eaten something that doesn’t agree with them. The barely chewed grass is believed to induce vomiting.
Some people think that dogs would never be smart enough to connect the dots and realise that if they are not feeling well that eating grass might help. But I think dogs are smarter than we think.
#3. Virus or Infection
It could be just something as simple as them needing a worm treatment and that it is causing them discomfort. If you think your dog could be sick in any way you should always consult your vet and get them checked out.
Maybe your dog is bored and that can always be resolved with some games or toys for them to play with. Or maybe a nice long walk.
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#5. Because they like it!
It could be that your dog just likes the taste of grass and there is no particular reason for them eating it other than that.
While eating grass shouldn’t harm your dog, you should be aware of any areas that are treated with pesticides or fertilizers. If you are buying products for your garden, always check the box to see if they are pet friendly.
If you are out walking your dog it’s probably best to avoid them eating grass in areas you are not familiar with. You never know what someone has put down that could harm your dog.
Does your dog eat grass? Have you ever had to change their diet or seek the advice of a vet?