Dog myths solved – eating grass

Posted by Dr Dog. August 10th 2017.

Most dog owners have caught their dog eating something that’s not dog food, usually on a number of occasions. One of the most common concerns of dog owners is their pet eating grass. There may be a number of reasons why your dog is eating grass.

So why do dogs eat grass?

Nobody really knows why dogs eat grass. Dogs lack the enzymes to properly digest grass, which is why many vomit it back up. It is believed by many that dogs eat the plant because of the nourishment they get from it, although this isn’t true. Because they can’t break the fibre down, there is very little nutritional value in it for them.

For the most part, grass eating may a sign of boredom and your dog is grazing to pass the time. While it is believed that dogs eat grass to vomit when they feel nauseous, though this hasn’t been proven true. Not all dogs vomit after consuming grass, so there’s no need to worry if they don’t.

What should I do if my dog is vomiting?

While it shouldn’t cause alarm, vomiting often can be a sign of a bigger problem. If your dog is vomiting often or you spot any blood, make sure you contact your vet for a check up. Excessively eating grass should also be investigated.

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