Why Dogs Eat Grass
There are many urban legends about why dogs eat grass.
But the truth is all those things you have heard, aren’t true.
Dogs don’t eat grass to make themselves throw up.
They don’t have some kind of extra sense that tells them when they need to vomit something bad or something toxic.
I wish that they did! That sense would save many people thousands of dollars!
They reason they vomit after eating grass is because grass irritates their stomach.
But, studies have been done that show that only 25% of dogs vomit after eating grass, meaning most dogs eat grass and keep it down.
Is Eating Grass Dangerous?
Not in and of itself, no.
However, there can be toxic materials on grass that can cause toxic reactions.
Dogs can also pick up parasites by eating the feces or remnants thereof of other dogs or wild animals.
So Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
The majority of the time it seems to stem from boredom.
Dogs eat all kinds of things that they shouldn’t when they are bored.
Some think it is to fulfill a nutritional gap where the dog in question may need added fiber.
One owner suggests that her dog at grass for years until a natural fiber such as pumpkin or green beans were added to the meal and then the dog no longer grazed in the yard.
And, some dogs probably eat grass because they like the way it tastes.
After all, who doesn’t like the smell of fresh cut grass.
I might even admit that as a child, I may have tried grass a time a two (this was before iPads 😉 ha ha).
What to Do
Keep the grass well sprinkled and hosed so it is as clean and fresh as possible.
Definitely don’t let your dog graze on unknown grass or dog community grass (like at a dog park).
Add a little fiber to your dog’s diet.
Fresh or frozen green beans provide wonderful fiber and keep a dog on a diet feeling full for longer periods of time!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.