Why Do My Dogs Eat Grass (Is it Safe?)
We sometimes catch our furry friends eating grass whenever they get the chance. This might seem really strange considering their carnivorous nature. Have you ever wondered what it means and whether there might be something wrong?
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
There’s a myth that dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach. Consuming the grass makes them vomit and will therefore relieve their aching tummies. However, this is not true. Studies have shown that only 25% of dogs get sick after eating grass, and only 10% of dogs show signs of being sick before eating grass.
In reality, eating grass can be a sign of a nutrient deficiency in their diet. Just like humans, dogs need a balanced diet, and they will naturally consume things that might balance their diet. Grass is a good source of fibre which allows the body and the stomach to work more smoothly.
Some dogs eat grass when they are stressed, anxious or need attention from their owners. Consider it the doggy equivalent of chewing your fingernails. Over time, this could develop into a habit, which is not necessarily unhealthy.
Our pup’s ancestors used to hunt and scavenge for their food in the wild. This instinct hasn’t disappeared over time. The difference, however, is that domesticated dogs have pellets, whereas dogs in the wild would feed on entire animals. The difference is the balance in nutrients they get that pellets cannot always provide, which is why we won’t necessarily see wolves eating grass.
One theory is that dogs simply like eating grass. There might not be any specific reason behind the urge to eat grass. Studies have shown that some dogs prefer to eat grass in different seasons depending on the condition and the type of grass.
Is it Safe For Dogs to Eat Grass?
While eating grass is not inherently bad for your dogs, there can be some risks involved. If the grass is frequently treated with chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, you may find that you dogs will get sick after eating grass.
They might also pick up hookworms and roundworms from grass which has been contaminated by other dogs. This is why it’s important to deworm your dogs regularly if they enjoy their grazing time.
Should You Allow Your Dog to Eat Grass?
As long as you know that the grass, they are grazing on is safe and no chemicals have been used on it, there is no need to stop them from eating it. However, it is important to keep an eye on them and make sure they do not get sick regularly. You should also ensure that your dogs are dewormed as often as needed.