Why do dogs eat grass?
Why do dogs eat grass?
Dogs eat grass for a variety of reasons, none of which are cause for concern.
Usually, grass-eating by your canine friend indicates one of two things:
- Diet is lacking in nutritional value
- Suffering from a from gastrointestinal upset
Dealing with dietary needs
Dogs whose diet is low in fibre may resort to eating grass. What they are doing is foraging for nutrients. Don’t be alarmed. Simply change his diet. Several scientifically-formulated dog-feeds provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals to ensure good health. You may have to introduce his new feed gradually. This will allow your four-legged friend time to adjust to his new-tasting daily diet.
Just like humans, tummy upsets can be caused by a variety of reasons. This could include a bad diet (feeding him fatty table scraps) or, on a more serious note, your canine could become ill if the grass has been treated with fertilisers or pesticides. Both of these elements are toxic to dogs. In such cases, veterinary intervention is required.
It’s greener on the other side…
Some dogs may eat grass because they are bored or because they actually like the taste! Sometimes this behaviour calls for a high-fibre diet and cautions you to monitor their health.
Whatever the reason, the majority of vets consider grass-eating as normal canine behaviour. So, remain calm. Chomping on grass is unlikely to harm them and, even if they vomit, this is simply a gut cleaning!
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