Why Does My DOG Want to Eat GRASS All of a Sudden?
Why does my dog want to eat grass all of a sudden?
No matter what the real reason is, you can rest assured that grass eating is a common behavior of normal, healthy dogs. If your dog seems sick or vomits more than occasionally you should see a veterinarian.
So why do they do it? The truth is, animal scientists aren’t exactly sure. But, we have theories.
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Dog Eating Grass Upset Stomach
It’s a commonly held belief that dogs eat grass when they feel nauseated. But studies have shown that only 8% of dogs that eat grass show any signs of illness and only 22% of them vomit afterward. Of those that did throw up, the majority showed signs of sickness prior to eating grass.
A study by Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine suggests that like their wild ancestors, dogs may instinctively ingest grass to increase bowel mobility. These studies suggest that wild dogs would have eaten prey with plant matter in their bowels. Since they evolved to eat plant matter, they likely have an appetite for plant matter.
At the end of the day, it might be just because they like it. Remember, dogs enjoy all sorts of things that disgust the human palate—dirty diaper or gristle from the trash can, anyone?
Should you let your dog eat grass?
Most experts say that letting your dog eat grass poses no real risk to your dog. But, do try to keep your dog from ingesting freshly fertilized or grass that has been treated for pests. If your dog just enjoys grass, you can introduce cooked veggies into his diet.
Remember, if you are concerned, a trip to the vet is always a wise precaution.
Why is my dog eating grass all of a sudden?
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