Monday, October 10, 2011

Why do dogs eat grass?

Any dog owner has probably seen their pup grazing the grass in the backyard at some point. We often overlook this as just a common occurrence in dogs, but have you ever given a second thought to why your dog is doing this?

No, your dog most likely isn't trying a new vegetarian health kick. However, there are some theories as to why our dogs do this.

#1- He is sick.
Some people's dogs only eat grass when they are not feeling well and throw up later on after consuming the grass. Some say the dog knows he has an upset stomach and wants to induce vomiting so they eat the grass to do so.

#2 He is bored.
As we all have fallen victim to the eating while bored syndrome, this is another theory why Fido is munching down on the foliage. Perhaps your dog might be bored and need to do something more stimulating than sleeping the day away. Sometimes eating grass is the next best thing.

#3 He wants some nutrition
Another reason proposed is that your dog instinctively knows they need more of something(nutrition wise). The grass provides fiber and it is often a beneficial food for a dog's digestion. Other suggested reasons why he is eating grass are to treat intestinal worms, or ease the digestion process. The fiber theory is interesting because there is a published study of woman who noted her dog ate grass and vomited every day for 7 years. She found out about the fiber theory and switched her dog to a high fiber diet. The dog completely stopped vomiting.

So, in the end your dog's eating grass isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, there are a few things to be cautious of if Fido continues to eat grass every chance he gets. If you often used powdered pesticides on the grass or perhaps some miracle-gro to keep the garden looking nice, this can be harmful to your pets health and should be monitored.

Other than that, eating grass is nothing new for a dog owner and nothing to be worried about. It's just another one of those interesting things our dogs do.

Maybe your pup is eating grass because he hasn't tasted anything as good as our all natural dog treats!
 Surely after a Peanut Butter BonBon or two, your dog wont even remember what grass tastes like.

Signed, Puppy Love Dog Store

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