Life’s biggest why questions:
Why is the sky blue?
Why is the ocean salty?
Why can’t I go to Cuba?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Why is Russia Spying?
But more importantly-Why do dogs eat grass?
Some may say green grass is sweet and tasty…ask a cow or horse! But dogs being omnivores puzzle us with the grass eating behavior. Some dogs will regularly gobble down grass, others only when they are not feeling well. Then, they wait until they are on the expensive oriental carpet before doing the old heave-ho blurp. Why yack-fests are ensuing sometimes after the consumption of grass is yet another one of life’s big questions.
It would appear that if a dog is healthy and he eats grass, he doesn’t get sick. If he isn’t feeling well and eats grass, he vomits. Perhaps it’s a tonic of sorts. Dogs have been roaming the planet as scavengers for many years. Look at their behavior in your own home. You can give them a big ol’bowl of kibble, then they look in the kitchen garbage, the bathroom garbage, the kitty litter box and anything else they may be able to snorf up.
Grass eating is thought to be a normal behavior in dogs. It is widely believed that the stalk like structures stimulate the neuro-recepters in the dogs stomach therefore inducing vomiting when the dog doesn’t feel well. It most likely is a behavior developed over thousands of years as a method of healing and self preservation.
In today’s modern day society, things have changed greatly in the way in which we live. We are not living in mud huts. Masses of the population are living in organized neighborhoods with dog parks. So be cautious when your dog starts eating the grass. Make sure it is not chemically treated or fouled with feces. Either could bring more harm than good upon your pet.
Some veterinarians believe that dogs need more fiber then they are receiving in today’s modern diets. Supplementing their diets with some veggies such as carrots, broccoli or green beans might help as well. Check with you veterinarian for what is best for your dog.
So don’t worry Pawrents, grass eating is just part of doggy life.