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What makes dog eat grass!

What makes dog eat grass!

Most of dog owners notice that their dogs, on occasion, eat large amounts of grass. While you may be feeding your dog a perfectly well balanced diet and provide them with all the stimulation they need, they may still take to consuming grass. Dogs eating grass is actually quite common.

dog-searching-in-the-grassThere are a variety of reasons your dog might be grazing on your lawn. The most common explanation for grass-eating is that it helps dogs purge their systems. They may be having a feeling of nausea. The grass causes gastric irritation that leads to vomiting, which helps the dog feel better afterward.

Other suggested reasons why your dog might be eating grass include improving digestion, treating intestinal worms, or fulfilling some unmet nutritional need, including the need for fiber.

Some researchers say that when a dog is eating grass, they’re actually sniffing and tasting whether or not another dog has invaded their territory.

Also, one of the common theories is that dogs will eat indigestible matter if they are excessively hungry or if their nutrition is poor, so this must always be a consideration.

Another theory posits that dogs eat grass simply because they want to. In such cases, a dog may appear to hunt for a specific type of plant, rather than ingesting any grass it can find. After identifying the correct grass, it will calmly nibble on the plant.

Some dogs may be eating grass out of boredom!

The general consensus seems to be that grass eating is not something to worry about. However, you have to keep in mind that certain herbicides and pesticides used on lawns can be quite toxic. Additionally, a number of common house and garden plants are toxic, which could lead to problems if your dog munches on them along with the lawn. Dogs that eat grass but do not show symptoms that may indicate physical illness can be allowed to perform this behavior with a watchful eye on the grass being eaten.

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