Why Dogs Eat Grass ? – Physical & Physiological Reasons
Often pet owners wonder, why is my dog eating grass? Is he still hungry? I just gave him a good meal! Does your furry friend eat grass, vomit, and then keep eating grass? Questions like this gets in your mind often when you see your puppy/dog eating grass.
Pawsibilties are here again to share some of the physical and psychological reasons behind dog’s eating grass and when should you be concern about this behavior.
It is seen that not all dogs vomit after eating grass. According to the research it is observed the most of dogs eat grass without showing symptoms of stomach upset either before or after eating grass. This indicate that it’s not that dogs eat grass to induce vomiting! So the question still remains unanswered right? Let’s Check the answer below
Physical Reasons Behind Dogs Eating Grass
For efficient functioning of the digestive system, just like the human beings, dogs also require fiber in their diets. Dogs are omnivores, which means that their good health relies on both plants and good quality meats. For dogs eating grass would be a easiest way to add roughage to their diet.
There may be a medical alarm if your dog is also showing any stomach discomfort symptoms after eating grass.Dogs can suffer from a number of digestive system issues which includes pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. If you see your dog is eating grass and he/she shows other symptoms such as lack of appetite, decreased energy, diarrhea, or constipation, it’s time to see your vet.
Physiological Reasons Behind Dogs Eating Grass
We have often see people biting their nails without any specific reason, the similar way dogs will often eat grass due to boredom or anxiety. To overcome anxiety you can use the following steps
- ( without any symptoms) If you want your dog not to eat grass, then increasing the length, distance or intensity of walks could help to reduce grass eating.
- Dogs suffer separation anxiety as well , when they are separated from their owners. In that case keep an old blanket or t-shirt with your scent on it with your dog when you leave the house.
- If you see your dog eating grass despite all these and your dog is obsessively eating grass, it’s time to see your veterinarian. Your vet will give you good advice for reducing this behavior of your furry friend.
Do they like it?
The phrase “they like it” cannot be overlooked. They may simply enjoy the texture and taste of grass in their mouths. Many dogs like eating grass in the spring season when the grass are fresh.
A quick question which can come to your mind, if my dog is not showing any symptoms of stomach upset or digestive disorder then, Is it safe for my dog to eat grass?
Yes Off Course!
Dogs who are healthy and are on regular parasite prevention medication prescribed by their vet, eating grass is considered to be safe for them.
Whenever your dog is grazing grass one thing you have to keep in mind, you have to check for any kind of herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers on the grass and if it is there don’t allow your dog to graze it.
“Love Your pet, rescue them, do not hurt them”