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Why does my dog eat grass?

Why does my dog eat grass?

If your dog’s eating grass, there’s no need to panic. But if they’re eating excessive amounts, it’s not healthy - especially if it’s treated with harmful pesticides, herbicides or lawn fertilisers. 

Nonetheless, eating grass is a common behaviour, and the bottom line is that ideally, you don’t want your dog to do it.

The term for eating non-foods is “Pica” and whilst it seems odd your dog would do this, it’s quite normal. So let’s explore the reasons why your dog eats grass.

Grass tastes good!

Sure, you wouldn’t expect this to come in some of the top reasons, but it’s not hard to imagine that your dog eats grass because they like the taste.
It also makes sense that greener, fresher grass “tastes” better because it’s likely that if your dog does eat grass, it’s more common in the summer.

Intestinal worms

There’s a chance that your dog has inherited this behaviour from their ancestors. At some point, wolves were known to eat grass in order to purge the intestines of worms or parasites. 

They need fibre

It’s true, your dog eating grass can be a sign that they’re not getting enough fibre into their diet. The good news is that a simple test of adding more fibre into your dog’s daily diet will tell you if this is the reason they’re eating grass. So address what you can do to improve their gut health.

Your dog’s bored

It would be a dream come true to be able to play with your pooch all day, but realistically life gets busy. So sometimes your dog can be left with not much to do, meaning they’ll revert to eating grass. Quickly fix this by giving them regular exercise and ensure they’re mentally stimulated. Examples include food puzzles, walks, playing fetch or give them a stick to play with.

Signals you shouldn’t ignore, include:

Your dog’s eating grass that’s not their normal food
Eating grass becomes excessive and they’re vomiting over a few hours
If your dog’s eating grass whilst looking unwell or acting out of character.

If you’re concerned or have noticed that your dog has a significant problem, it’s best to seek advice from your vet.
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