Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?
Can grass hurt my dog?
How can a dog eat grass? Well, furry pals can eat grass and this unusual behaviour is a symptom or a sign of underlying issues. This condition is called ‘pica’ and it is an eating disorder in dogs. Pica involves eating non-food items e.g. grass, faeces, etc.
While eating grass is usual, it is not healthy at all. One issue is the use of insecticides and pesticides on lawns and parks. If your dog keeps eating this toxic stuff, you and your puppy may end up in serious trouble.
Main Reasons of Dogs Eating Grass
⦁ They are nutrient deficient
Your furry pup maybe munching on grass if their diet is low on nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they need. For example, the dog food you are providing them may be low on folic acid and fibre. You need a good study on portion size and the type of food your dog needs. It depends on the age and breed of your puppy. You may even consider going to a vet for a complete diet routine for your pet.
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⦁ They are feeling nauseated
When dogs feel nauseated, they need to cleanse their system. Eating grass is their way to cure their gas and nausea. You might feel your puppy is a little gassy and uneasy before eating a mouthful of grass. This induces vomiting which relieves them from this uneasiness and gassy feeling.
⦁ They like it
Some dogs like the crunch and roughage in their diets. Some dogs also munch on the grass to indicate that they are bored and need attention. While you might expect them to bite and be clingy to seek attention, this grass munching is also a sign.
You should plan more activities for them and allow them to socialize around other pets if you think they are feeling bored.
⦁ Improving digestion
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Dogs eat grass to relieve themselves from digestion problems. If their diets lack fibre, they may feel constipated and have some gastrointestinal issues. Parasites may also be the cause of eating grass.
However, eating grass may be a sign of more serious problems like gastric reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, or pancreatitis. If you think fixing up the diet and activities of your puppy is not proving fruitful, then contacting your vet should be your priority.
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Whatever be the reason for your puppy munching on grass, the principle is that grass is not a portion of good dog food. Therefore, once you do enough to fix simple reasons for this behaviour like fixing diet, introducing more activities and exercises, and ruling out common digestion problems. If the problem is still not solved, you should take your furry pal to a vet at the earliest to avoid more complications.