Our pups do so many crazy things…chasing tails, nesting, eating grass… Seriously? What could possibly make grass tasty? There are a variety of reasons why grass is attractive to your pup.
SUPPLEMENTING A MISSING NUTRIENT
Vets and veterinarians think dogs eat grass when they have a diet deficiency. Many diet deficiencies are rooted in missing vitamins, nutrients, or minerals that are absent from daily intake. This is called pica. If your dog repeatedly eats grass, talk with your vet about changing your dog’s food to something that includes better nutrition.
CURIOSITY or BOREDOM
Dogs, especially puppies, explore the world with their mouths. Eating grass may be something that they try, just like some children eat dirt. Does your pup spend a lot of time outside without toys or your companionship? Play a game of fetch or take your pup for a walk.
ATTENTION FROM PET PARENT
Dogs are smart and learn that when they eat grass, they are often rewarded with attention from their human. In trying to distract your dog from eating grass you may talk to him more or offer her a treat.
People might take an anti-acid for an upset tummy. Dogs might eat grass for this reason. Dogs eat grass to make them sick when they have eaten something that doesn’t agree with them or when they have bile (yellow foam that is thrown up when dogs have an empty stomach) in their stomach. Grass is believed to induce vomiting.
Of course, your pup might eat grass for the simple reason that it tastes good or the texture is enjoyable.
IS EATING GRASS BAD FOR DOGS?
It depends. Be aware of any areas that are treated with pesticides or fertilizers. If you are buying products for your yard, always check to see if they are pet friendly. If you are out walking your dog, it’s probably best to avoid eating grass in areas you are not familiar with. You never know what product someone is using that could harm your dog.