It is one of the most frustrating aspects of owning a dog; as soon as your pet goes outside, they wolf down a mouthful of grass. Then, more often than not, it all comes back up again.
Some dog owners may be lucky enough to have a dog who either doesn’t care for grass or can manage to keep it down, but for the rest it is a constant annoyance. So why do dogs do it?
There is no single answer, as nobody is really sure what attracts dogs to grass. However, whatever it is must be quite important to them, as grass is the plant most commonly eaten by dogs.
One theory is that it is to do with nutrition. Dogs are natural scavengers, and they may eat grass as a way of filling a nutritional need that they are not getting; most likely fibre.
Try switching to a dry dog food that is high in fibre. If your dog is craving fibre, then adding it to their everyday diet should satisfy that particular urge. Make sure you consult a vet before making any sudden changes to your dog’s diet.
If you switch foods and your dog still likes to munch on the lawn, then it might be because your pet is bored. Strangely enough, dogs will eat or chew things purely as a way of occupying their time.
If your dog most commonly eats grass during times when they have little else to do, then this might explain your pet’s odd dining habits. Something as simple as buying a chew toy can keep your dog entertained while you are not there.
There is another possibility, which is that your dog is eating grass as a form of self-medication. If your dog is experiencing digestive distress, they might eat grass to try and settle their stomach.
If your dog shows any signs of illness before eating grass, and if they tend to vomit afterwards, it could be a sign of something more serious. It is probably worth consulting your vet if this happens for a few consecutive days.
Written by: Hannah