Why do dogs eat grass? Reasons behind it and possible solutions

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It can be worrisome to see your dog eating grass. There are several explanations behind it. Learn how to react to this unexpected situation.

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Has it ever occurred to you that your dog was begging to go outside, and once he was out, he started to eat grass? This weird behaviour is more common than you may think. Likewise, just like most dog behaviours, there are serious explanations behind it. Usually, many dog owners punish their pets for behaving like that. This is not the appropriate way to respond. Instead, read the following article and discover what may be affecting your best friend.

What is pica?

Pica is the scientific term used to describe the disorder of eating things that aren’t food. Whenever dogs feel the urge to eat grass, it can be a clear indication that your dog has some type of nutritional deficiency or infection. Other times, it is often simply a sign of boredom! This is usually the case with puppies and younger dogs.

As it was already stated, dogs do this often. Fortunately, this form of pica doesn’t cause too many problems. In fact, veterinarians consider it a normal behaviour. Nevertheless, if your dog has this pica, you should take him to the vet.

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Why is your dog eating grass?

There is a wide variety of reasons why your dog might be eating grass:

  1. Boredom: In some cases, it is just a hobby for your dog. Especially when dogs have a backyard to themselves but not too much to do there. This usually happens if you are not providing enough regular exercise and mental challenges. Consider getting him a chewing toy as an alternative.
  2. Stomach disease: it is a way to self-medicate. Whenever your dog has stomach issues, he may use grass to get some form of relief. Usually, dogs are very anxious when under pain or discomfort. So, eating grass is a good way to tackle the situation. Frequently, when dogs eat grass, the swallowing process can make them vomit right afterwards. If you see your dog eating grass along with vomiting and weariness, take him to the vet for a tummy check-up. He may have gastric reflux or inflammatory bowel disease.
  3. Treatment for intestinal worms: It is quite unbelievable that dogs can treat intestinal worms by eating grass. Some compounds found in grass can achieve such outcome or, in the very least, warn you about it.
  4. Tasteful: Vets don’t rule the possibility that some dogs simply like the taste of it.

What to do if your dog is eating grass?

It depends on the cause of such behaviour. The safest bet is to go to the veterinarian’s office for a consultation. Make sure that there is nothing wrong with your dog. If this is the case, then consider increasing the amount of exercise! If your dog’s bored, you will just have to defeat this pica behaviour by having fun with your pet.

However, if your dog has a nutritional deficiency or worms, get some prescribe medicines and start treatment right away. It should be cured very fast.

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My name is Daniel Gala. I live in Edmonton, Canada. I am a home-based journalist. Even though writing is what I do for a living, it is one of my truest hobbies right next to reading books from my favourite authors (John Grisham, Dan Brown, J.K Rowling), and taking pictures of my surroundings. I am a dog lover since I was 5 years old when I got my first puppy: the cutest husky in the whole earth called Shani.