Dogs are often seen chewing grass in the spring. Many animal behaviorist and vets believe this is not a cause for concern. But why do dogs chew grass?
Well, dogs are omnivores and their ancestors were known to eat every bit of prey that was caught, including the stomach contents of a plant eating animal. Our dogs, however, may be eating grass as a snack, another source of food and nutrients. Dogs will eat fruit, berries, and vegetables. At the park, grass is right there and easily accessible for a quick snack.
However, for some dogs, eating grass means vomiting it back up afterwards. Why?
A dog may seek out a remedy for an upset stomach and grass seems to help. The grass may stimulate the throat and stomach lining, maybe by tickling, and cause the dog to vomit. Usually dogs are fine and may go romp and play with other dogs.
Many experts do not see a danger in dogs eating grass. But if you want to curb the behavior, you can try to introduce more vegetables into your dog’s diet. Especially if you’re concerned about chemicals and pesticides used on lawns and in parks.
But if you notice your dog is eating grass at an increased rate, your dog might be trying to ease an upset stomach… and this might a sign of an underlying problem. A trip to the vet may be in order to see if there’s something going on.
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