Magical-Dawg often enjoys eating grass–did you ever wonder why dogs eat grass? With Magic, he tends to munch on the freshest shoots, particularly when he’s not yet eaten his breakfast. Of course, then he has to vomit (yuck!), so we try to avoid allowing the behavior when we can.
I’m sharing this entry about why dogs eat grass which is an excerpt from Dog Facts, The Series 7 (Chapter G). This chapter covers a lot of ground, and here’s the topic list:
Geriatric Dog, Giardiasis, Glaucoma, Grape/Raisin Toxicity, Grass (Eating), Grief, and Grooming.
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WHY DOGS EAT GRASS
Dogs are omnivores, which means they can eat nearly anything, including vegetables or fruits. Wild canids like coyotes typically eat vegetable matter found in the stomach and intestines of prey animals, but may also eat roots, grasses and even fruit. Our dogs often beg for and enjoy snacks of raw vegetables like lettuce, green beans and carrots.
While some dogs eat weird stuff and get into trouble, it’s not unusual for dogs to eat grass.
Most pet dogs occasionally eat grass, which may be used as a natural emetic to stimulate vomiting when the dog feels unwell. However, grass eating does not always result in vomiting; some dogs may simply relish the flavor or texture. Some speculation exists that grass grazing may provide trace elements of vitamins.
Indoor dogs may indulge their urge to graze by nibbling houseplants which, depending on the plant, may be dangerous. Occasional grass eating isn’t a cause for concern. However, if grazing becomes a habit, and especially if grass eating prompts vomiting more than two days in a row, your dog should be examined by a veterinarian to rule out a health problem.
How about your dogs? Do they eat grass? Does it make ’em “whoops” or do they just enjoy grazing?
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