Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
Whenever you take your dog out for a walk, it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ll start chomping on some grass. It might be the case that your dog instantly runs for the nearest patch of grass and crams in as much grass as possible, or your little friend might just hunt out the perfect blade and snack on it.
Either way, you’ll find that most dogs eat grass and most dog owners have absolutely no idea why. This article will try to answer that mystery amongst many dog owners and allow you to gain a better understanding of your dog’s thinking.
Why is your dog eating grass?
Generally speaking, nobody can be entirely sure why dogs eat grass and that’s likely going to remain the case until we can actually have a conversation with a dog. However, there’s a number of clear reasons why your dog could be eating grass.
The most common of those reasons is that it’s tasty. In case you hadn’t already noticed, dogs are incredibly hungry and will eat pretty much anything. Dogs are natural scavengers, so when they’re presented with a field of grass; their natural instinct is to eat it. It might be the case that your dog enjoys the flavour or texture of the grass. On the other hand, they might just be eating grass for the sake of it.
That leads nicely on to our next point. It might be the case that your dog is eating grass simply because he’s bored. If you let your dog out into the back yard with nobody else or other dogs to play with, he’s going to do something to pass the time.
Our final reason why your dog is eating grass is a little less common but could still be the case with your furry friend. It’s sometimes the case that dogs eat grass as a natural remedy. If they’re unwell with stomach distress or other medical conditions, they might turn to grass as a natural remedy. Nobody is quite sure why dogs decide that grass is a good remedy, but if your dog is regularly eating grass, it might be worth taking them to the vet.
How do you prevent dogs from eating grass?
Your natural instinct may be to try and prevent your dog from eating grass, however, you really shouldn’t worry too much about it. Whilst there’s no nutritional value in grass for dogs, there’s also nothing that should do them a great deal of harm. That being said, you will need to make sure that there’s no dangerous fertilizers or pesticides on the grass they’re eating. However, the grass itself won’t do them much harm.
That being said, there are products available that you can use in order to prevent your dog from eating grass. However, these products don’t always work. In general, just make sure that your dog isn’t eating grass that will do them any harm. Keep in mind that dogs are natural scavengers and it’s a natural instinct to just eat what they can find.