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The great debate on dogs consumption of grass

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Should one really be concerned on the amount of grass your dog consumes?



May pet owners and pet care professionals are not sure on what to do when they see dogs eating grass. Pica is the technical term for the disorder characterized by eating things that aren’t food.


Sometimes Pica indicates that your dog has some type of nutritional deficiency, though it is often simply a sign of boredom, especially when practiced by puppies and younger dogs.

Dogs eating grass is actually quite common ( this behavior has been observed in wild dogs for years) and this form of pica does not usually cause too many problems. In fact, most veterinarians consider it a normal dog behavior. “One small-scale study of 49 dog owners whose dogs had regular access to grass and other plants found that 79% of the dogs had eaten plants at some time. Another survey about plant-eating dogs found that grass was the most commonly eaten plant.”


Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?


Sometimes your puppy might turn to eating grass when they don’t feel well as a way to make themselves vomit, and then feel better. Some dispute this idea, on the basis that dogs are not proven to be smart enough to decide to treat an upset stomach by eating grass.


Evidence suggests that most dogs that eat grass aren’t unwell beforehand, or at least they don’t seem so. In fact, fewer than 10% of dogs seem to be sick before eating grass, according to their owners. And grass-eating doesn’t usually lead to throwing up -- less than 25% of dogs that eat grass vomit regularly after grazing. For risk arise when owners often do not take account chemicals with they may add to there lawn, consumption of some of these chemicals can be harmful to your dogs.


Let’s not forget the obvious but often overlooked circumstance why your dog may be eating grass your dog simply likes the way grass tastes or feels.


Should I Stop My Dog from Eating Grass? If So, How?


If you suspect your dog is eating grass because they are bored, it might be beneficial utilizer pet service such as a dog walker or facilitated Buddy check. Engage them in some fun activities. Try tossing a Frisbee or playing another interactive game with them, or buy them a sturdy chew toy to keep them occupied.


Although most experts agree that grazing itself isn’t harmful, one thing to keep in mind is that certain herbicides and pesticides used on lawns can be quite toxic, especially if ingested. Additionally, a number of common house and garden plants are toxic, which could lead to problems if your dog munches on them along with the lawn. To make sure the plants in and around the area where your dog is eating grass aren’t dangerous, check the

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