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Why do dogs eat grass?

Why does my dog eat grass? Is it safe for dogs to eat grass? How can I stop my dog from eating grass? Our Cordova vets take a look at the possible reasons why your dog may love to eat grass.

Why My Dog Eats Grass

If your dog eats grass it may have you both baffled and concerned, but eating grass is generally considered to be a normal behavior for our canine companions. Here are a few reasons why dog may eat grass:

Is there a physical reason why my dog eats grass? 

It is generally thought that the main reason that dogs eat grass is that they need more roughage in their diets — just like humans. Grass is a good and readily accessible source of fiber for our four-legged friends.

As with humans, a diet lacking in roughage can result in poor digestion, which may make it more difficult to pass stool. Eating grass may be your pup's way of helping their body's gastrointestinal system function more smoothly.

That said, if your dog is showing signs of an upset stomach after eating grass, something more serious may be going on. Contact your vet to book an examination for your dog so they can test for any medical issues, or diagnose them and provide treatment. 

Can psychological reasons be to blame for my dog eating grass?

If your dog relentlessly eats grass, it could be due to boredom or anxiety. Some dogs are perfectly content to occupy themselves while outside, but others are easily bored and may amuse themselves by nibbling on grass.

In much the same way as people who bite their nails, dogs who are feeling anxious will often eat grass as a sort of mindless comfort. You may notice that your dog eats more grass when they're feeling lonely, bored, or anxious.

How can I prevent my dog from eating grass?

If you think that your dog's grass eating is due to a psychological reason there are a few tricks you can try in order to curb their grass eating habit.

  • For dogs that suffer from separation anxiety, try leaving an old t-shirt (unwashed) or blanket with your familiar scent on it, with your dog while you're away from home. Your pet may find comfort in having your scent close by.
  • If your dog is bored, it's time to add some extra mental stimulation to their day. Try occupying your dog with a puzzle toy to help provide extra mental stimulation.
  • High-energy dogs will likely benefit from longer or more frequent, longer or more vigorous walks, and some strenuous play sessions.
  • Dogs that enjoy socializing with other dogs may need extra socializing time. Perhaps taking your dog to a doggie daycare or on visits to the local dog park will help to stop your dog from eating grass.

Is it safe for dogs to eat grass?

Unless your dog is eating grass in excessive amounts or is showing signs of stomach upset, and as long as they are given parasite prevention medication consistently, eating grass is perfectly safe, and nothing you need to worry about.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you are concerned about your pup's grass eating habit, contact our Cordova vets to book an examination for your four-legged friend.

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