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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

It can be quite strange the first time your dog wanders into the garden and chews on big mouthful of grass. And even stranger when it gets vomited up very quickly afterwards! But strangely enough, this is exactly its intended purpose. So why would a dog eat something purposely to make itself sick?

Do dogs eat grass to make themselves sick?

If your dog vomits after eating grass, the simple reason is that they are ‘purging’ their digestive systems. Your dog instinctively knows that eating grass may make them vomit, so there is more than likely something which is causing your dog some kind of gastro discomfort.

It could be that they’ve eaten something which is making them feel nauseous and they need to remove it from their stomach. You know when you feel sick, sometimes being sick is the best way to make that feeling go away. And it’s exactly the same for dogs!

Trapped wind is never a fun experience, and if your dog is experiencing severe discomfort then they may eat grass to relieve the pain of stomach gas. Unfortunately, your dog can’t take a Rennie! If your dog often eats grass after their dinner, it may be that they are eating too fast and swallowing a lot of air as they eat.

Try a special bowl with raised ridges to slow them down when eating.

Why isn’t my dog sick after eating grass?

It’s more common than you think. A scientific study conducted in 2007 found that only 22% of dogs were frequently sick after eating grass. Your dog may eat grass because it tastes good, it settles their stomach or simply because it’s a fun thing to do!

Dogs and cats are traditionally seen as carnivores. Whilst this is very much true of cats, dogs are actually omnivorous. Dogs will eat a variety of plant-based material, and it’s an important part of their diet. However, it is absolutely essential that the majority of your dog’s food is made up of meat.

How can I stop my dog from eating grass?

If your dog is eating grass very regularly – and often vomits afterwards – then it’s best to see a vet. They may have a recurring or underlying condition affecting their digestive system. However, if your dog is eating grass occasionally there’s no need to prevent this. It’s a natural and normal part of being a dog!

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