Does your dog eat grass like a full grown cow? First let me say, it isn’t uncommon to see a dog eating grass, sticks, or dirt but you’re here because you want to know if you should be worried about your dog eating grass, or maybe because Fido vomits after he eats grass. Let’s shed some light on this shall we.
If you were to ask your vet about your dog eating grass, he most likely would say it’s completely normal. I have always heard that a dog eats grass because they are having some stomach issues and it makes them throw up, so I really want to know if this was true.
So why does your dog eat grass?
There are a variety of reasons your dog might be grazing on your lawn.
Some say it’s totally normal and a natural instinct for dogs to eat greens. Like back in the old days with wild dogs, they ate to survive. You know what they say, you can take the dog out of the wild but you can’t take the wild out of the dog.
Other reasons for dogs eating grass were out of boredom, psychological, digestion, and to vomit. Some even say some dogs just enjoy grass. Like humans, we enjoy salads:)
In other words, I really couldn’t find any concrete reasons. They were all just based on opinions and varied on types of dogs.
Another opinion was a condition called Pica. This is a disease in humans that causes people to eat weird things like dirt. Things we shouldn’t eat. It’s believed that this is caused by low minerals. If this is the case, your dog may just be trying to supplement the lack of minerals.
A diet change may be helpful here.
What To Do About Your Dog Eating Grass?
First thing if you feel your dog is eating too much grass is go see your vet. They may run some blood test, urine test, or even test their fecal matter. Again, it could be natural, digestion, boredom. If you can rule out any deficiencies in minerals and stomach problems, my guess it’s maybe your dog just likes greens.
As a dog parent, you should pay attention to your doggies mood and behavior where maybe you can see how he was feeling or acting before he started eating grass. Your vet could use this info to help rule out other possible reasons.
Can you stop your dog from eating grass?
Just like any dog training, you could be sure to have plenty of yummy snacks on you. When you see your dog start to eat grass, offer a treat. Stay consistent. Here’s some more dog training tips that you may find useful too.
If they just won’t stop, it may just be natural and totally normal. If your dog doesn’t seem to have negative effects and it’s not much. Maybe it’s cool. Ask your vet to be sure if you feel it’s an issue. It’s always better to be safe than sorry right.