Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
One of the most commonly asked questions among dog parents is, “Why does my dog eat grass?”
It may seem like odd behaviour. After all, don’t dogs prefer to eat meat? Why would they choose to chew your lawn? And is it safe for dogs to eat grass?
Have you ever taken your dog out and turned your back, only to discover them chomping on a large mouthful of grass? While you might panic and think about the vomit you’ll be cleaning off the carpet, later on, this behaviour does not always cause alarm. But why do they do it and how do you know when it is actually a problem?
So why do Dogs eat Grass?
According to the America Kennel Club, Some dog owners and veterinarians assume that grass eating is a form of pica, or eating strange items, sometimes caused by a diet deficiency. Many diet deficiencies are rooted in missing vitamins, nutrients, or minerals that are absent from daily intake. For example, it could be your dog’s way of getting more fiber, which helps them pass gas and stools, and also assists other bodily functions.
Physical Reasons Why Dogs Eat Grass
Just like people, dogs require fiber in their diets in order to have an efficiently functioning digestive system. After all, dogs are omnivores. This means that good health relies on plant foods as well as high-quality meat. Eating grass may be an easy, and seemingly tasty way for dogs to add roughage to their diet, helping to keep things flowing through their gastrointestinal tract (GI or digestive tract).
That said, if your dog is eating grass but also showing signs of stomach discomfort, there may be a medical problem. Dogs can suffer from a number of GI issues including gastric reflux, pancreatitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. If your dog is eating grass and has other symptoms such as lack of appetite, decreased energy, diarrhea, or constipation, it’s time to see your vet.