Have you ever experienced feeding your doggy all available nutritious food with everything he needs to grow and become healthy, but all of a sudden starts eating grass? Should we as a doggy owner be alarmed by what’s going on? Is that even normal?
These are just some of the common questions that might have some difficult answers.
Some doggy experts would say that these are just normal doggy behavior and you don’t need to get all worked up about it. Veterinarians will even tell you that lots of dogs eat grass. They even associate it with Pica. Pica is eating non-food items (like grass) and associated with a diet deficient in nutrients, vitamins, or lack of minerals in your doggys body.
Is Grass Dangerous For Doggys?
A lot of people would say that letting your doggy eat grass won’t pose any real treat to your doggy. But make sure you keep an eye on it, especially if grass eating becomes a routine or habit; it could be a sign that he is sick. It’s far more likely that doggys munch on grass because it tastes nice when it’s green and fresh during spring and summer.
Try to buy a small tray of grass just for the doggy, or start a garden with herbal plants on it. The herbal plants will be more of an alternative to eating the outdoor grass. This can help you avoid accidental ingestion of pesticides or chemicals that you have used to treat your plants.
Reasons Why Doggys Eat Grass:
Some experts believe that eating grass is an instinctive behavior. It is believed that the doggy is trying to induce vomiting after they’ve swallowed something that makes them feel sick or bad. One possibility is that your doggy is suffering from an upset stomach, and their instinct is to throw up.
Another possible reason why doggys eat grass is they are grazing. Every doggy is unique in their traits and behavior, but it’s not uncommon to see this behavior when your doggy feels anxious or maybe he is bored. It’s possible that they simply like the taste. Even if you’re feeding your doggy the right food, they might still like some fiber or greens once in a while.
There are doggys, even those that are used to commercial doggy food, will eat grass as a reflection of their heritage and their behavior to scavenge. For these types of doggys, eating grass may not really be a problem at all. As long as it doesn’t make the doggy sick or ill.
Overall, you would want your doggy to be healthy and happy. Grass eating isn’t something to be alarmed about and no cause major for concern, but there are things you can do to make it less of an issue for your doggy. Just keep an eye on your doggy while they play in the yard and visit your vet if you have any concerns or questions. You may notice that your doggy just loves a grassy delicacy as part of its diet.