Is It Safe For My Dog To Eat Grass?
Dogs are no-doubt adventurous creatures. Think about the last time you took your dog on a walk – did they stop and sniff almost everything in sight? I bet they did!
But what happens when dogs start to EAT some of their outdoor findings – namely grass? Today we’re going answer this burning question. Let’s break down why dogs eat grass, and if it’s safe for them to do so.
First Thing’s First – Why Do Dog’s Eat Grass?
Like humans, dogs can be mysterious. There might not always be a clear rhyme or reason for their behavior. There’s a number of possible causes to why dogs eat grass, and it really comes down to a case-by-case basis. Some of the common reasons why dogs eat grass are:
- They’re bored
- They have a nutrition deficiency – possibly fiber
- To make themselves throw up if they aren’t feeling well (This one is debated)
- To improve digestion or treat intestinal worms
- They just really like the taste and feel or grass
As you can see, there a number of possible causes to why your dog eats grass. If you’re concerned that your dog may have a nutrition deficiency or digestive problems, make sure you talk to your veterinarian to get to the bottom of the problem.
Will My Dog Get Sick From Eating Grass?
It’s possible, but uncommon. In fact, there was a recent study done showing that less than 25% of dogs will vomit after grazing. For the most part, veterinarians consider grass-eating a normal behavior in dogs. While there are a number of harmful plants that dogs really CAN get sick off of eating, grass isn’t really one of them.
What can make grass dangerous, however, is dangerous herbicides and chemicals that the grass may be treated with. These can be harmful and even fatal at times.
There are a number of lists online that detail what is and isn’t an “okay” chemical for your dog to ingest. If you suspect your dog has ingested something they shouldn’t have, don’t be afraid to call the Animal Poison Control Hotline.
Overall, grass really with neither hurt nor harm your pet (assuming there are no harmful herbicides or pesticides that the grass is treated with!). But as always, we recommend that if you’re ever worried about any strange behavior your dog is showing to consult with your veterinarian.