Every now and then we catch our dogs doing weird and funny things, like eating grass. I’m sure you’ve caught your dog doing this and thought, “Why are they doing that?” If you’ve ever wondered why your dog is eating grass, or if it’s a cause for concern, then keep reading! Eating grass is a pretty common behavior among dogs, but there are some factors to keep in mind.

Is Eating Grass Bad For Dogs?

The short answer, no. Eating grass typically isn’t bad for dogs and is common for them to do this. However, if you notice your dog is experiencing vomiting or diarrhea after eating grass you should consult with your dog’s vet to identify possible underlying health issues. You should also consult your vet if your dog is experiencing loss of appetite or lethargy after eating grass.

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

There isn’t one specific reason why dogs eat grass. Many have speculated this and have come up with a few theories as to why dogs eat grass:

They Like The Way It Tastes

Some dogs eat grass simply because they enjoy the taste of it. While the taste may seem strange to us humans, it’s a bonafide treat for your dog.

It Can Aid In Digestion Some medical experts have said that eating grass can aid in a dog’s digestion. This is because grass is a great source of fiber, which helps move food along the digestive tract. Some dogs even eat grass to induce vomiting, thus purging any toxins they might have ingested.

Alleviates Boredom/Anxiety

Your dog eating grass could be a sign of boredom or anxiety. Dogs are known to behave this way when left alone for long periods of time. Think of it as a self-soothing behavior.

It’s Their Instinct

Lastly, some dogs eat grass because it satisfies their primal instinct. Dogs in the wild used to eat grass and other vegetables to survive, so it could just be a leftover instinct from their ancestors.

Written by Vincent M.

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