Why do Dogs eat grass?

During a walk outside with your dog, have you ever come across them munching on grass? Has this made you fret about your dog’s health? Though you may be concerned, it is common for dogs to bite into the grass, however, it is different for every dog. Continue reading this article to learn about plausible reasons why dogs eat grass and ways to protect your beloved companions from potential health impacts.

  1. Instinct

Dogs have descended from being wildlife animals. So they have the instinct to hunt and eat what they find in the wilderness, including grass. If your hound reacts perfectly fine after eating grass, you’re in luck as there’s nothing to worry about! They are just living their lifestyle like their past generations. 

  1. Upset Stomach 

Dogs tend to eat grass when they are sick as a measure to self-treat. Eating grass may result in your pooch vomiting helping them alleviate some of their stomach issues. After your dog has eaten grass, try to keep them hydrated. Alongside this, try and let your dog fast between 8-12 hours and then proceed to give them food to relieve their stomach. 

  1. Fibres   

Eating grass could be your dog’s way of gaining plant fibres and digesting a meal. It is also vital to pay close attention to your dog’s physical health. They need a combination of meat and plant-based foods in their diet. An effective approach to improve your pooch’s food intake would be to include foods rich in fibre such as carrots, pumpkins, apples and leafy greens, in small amounts. 

  1. Boredom and need for attention

Your dog may choose to eat grass because of boredom. They may also eat grass to gain your attention. An effective method to reduce boredom is to change up your walking routine with your dog. Try taking longer walks around different areas of the neighbourhood. You could also play games such as ‘Find it’ for their mental stimulation. Consider off-leash play-time in a fenced area to tire your puppy. 

Is it safe for dogs to eat grass?

Although your dog may be eating grass often, the toxins in the grass could put your dog’s safety at risk. They could have consumed grass containing pesticides and fecal material which may have severe health consequences. Your dog may get intestinal parasites and other more severe illnesses such as parvovirus. If you notice bloody diarrhea, fever, persistent vomiting and loss of appetite amongst other symptoms, immediately seek assistance from your veterinarian.  

To dissuade your dog from eating grass, consider the following: 

  • Keep them away from grassy areas and fields
  • Walk your dog after a meal, they will be less inclined to eat on a full stomach
  • Set guidelines with your dog and physically halt them from eating grass 
  • Reward your furry friend with a treat each time they listen to you and avoid eating grass

These tips can help create a safer environment for your dogs and keep you worry-free. The next time you take your dog for a walk and see them with a hulky mouthful of grass, you’re well prepared for the actions you need to take. Here at YoPets, we value pet safety and continue to promote ways to protect your pets. You can even find more animal care-related articles on our blogs.