Does your dog love chomping on grass, leaving you worried and wondering why? In today's post, our Davidson County vets explain some of the reasons why dogs eat grass, and when you should be concerned.
Physical Reasons Why Dogs Eat Grass
It is believed that a primary reason why dogs eat grass is that they need roughage in their diets, just like we do. Grass is a good, and readily accessible source of fiber for dogs.
A lack of roughage in your pup's diet can hinder their body's ability to digest food effectively and pass stool normally, so eating grass may actually be an effort to help their bodies function more smoothly.
Nonetheless, if your dog is showing signs of stomach upset in addition to eating grass, there may be something more serious going on. Visit your vet so that they can rule out any medical issues, or provide treatment.
Psychological Reasons Why Does Eat Grass
Boredom and anxiety are very common reasons for grass eating in dogs.
Although most dogs have no problem keeping themselves occupied when outside, some will eventually get bored when alone, and will nibble on grass to pass the time.
Anxious dogs may eat grass as a sort of mindless comfort, much in the same way some people chew their finger nails. Many people notice that their dogs eat more grass when they're feeling bored, lonely, or anxious.
For dogs suffering from psychological issues that lead to grass eating, there are several possible solutions.
Separation anxiety can often be reduced by providing your dog with an old t-shirt or blanket with your familiar scent on it, whenever they will be left alone. Having your scent nearby may help your pup to feel reassured and more relaxed while you are gone.
Dog specific puzzle toys can provide mental stimulation for bored dogs. If your dog is more active, more frequent walks and strenuous play sessions may be beneficial. And for dogs that require socialization with other dogs, doggie day care or visits to the dog park may be in order.
Your Dog's Heath & Grass Eating Habit
So, is eating grass safe for dogs? Unless your dog is eating grass excessively or showing signs of stomach upset, and as long as they are on consistent parasite prevention, eating grass is perfectly safe, and nothing to worry about.
Please ensure that there are no fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides used on the grass that your dog eats, as this can be dangerous.
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.
Are you concerned about your canine companion's grass eating habit? Contact our Davidson County vets today to book an examination for your four-legged friend.
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