Many people have asked me why dogs eat grass and some owners have even tried to stop the dog
So why do dogs eat grass?
To be perfectly honest I don’t know and it would seem that no one else does for sure. One thing we know about grass is that it is made up of mainly water but it does also contain carbohydrates and has low quantities of other nutrients like protein, amino acids, vitamins etc…
I have looked at various online dog owner groups, spoken to vets etc and the following i a short list of possible reasons for dogs eating grass. The list is in no specific order of probability.
1. “Dogs eat grass purely because they like the taste”. Certain grasses apparently taste sweet and Dogs do certainly seem to look for specific grasses. They do not just eat any old grass, and it always seems to be new shoots that they go for.
2. “Dogs eat grass as a nutritional supplement”. Personally, I’m not convinced about this one as dogs that have a perfectly well-balanced diet still eat grass.
3. “Dogs eat grass because they have an upset stomach”. Certainly, if a dog eats grass without chewing much before swallowing, the dog will almost certainly vomit. If however, the dog chews the grass well prior to swallowing, the dog will not vomit. So if a dog swallows something that makes him/her feel ill, then inducing vomiting would certainly seem like a good thing to do. Also if a dog has a mild upset stomach there would be some logic in them providing their stomach with some form of medicine which possibly well-chewed grass might provide.
My dogs eat grass every time they go out for a walk but they are certainly picky about the grass they eat. This tends to make me think that N03 which is also what my mum used to tell me is a myth as .they can’t possibly have an upset stomach every day. I have also observed my dogs eating grass and swallowing without chewing which almost immediately induces vomiting, so I’m convinced that they also use grass as a medicine.
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