Weird NewsWhy Do Dogs Eat Grass?

12:35  22 june  2019
12:35  22 june  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Why Is My Dog Eating Grass ? There are a variety of reasons your dog might be grazing on your lawn. Some people propose that dogs might turn to 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

Dogs eat grass as a purgative, when they suffer from gastrointestinal upset, bloating, nausea or gas, or suffering from intestinal upset. Grass - Eating Is a Common Occurrence in Dogs . Many dog owners usually feel alarmed whenever they see their beloved Fido chewing on their lawn.

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? © iStock/K_Thalhofer Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

If something is edible (or even if it's not), many dogs will gladly make a meal of it. But if you see your pet grazing on your front lawn like cattle, it may be driven by something more than its undiscerning appetite. Eating grass frantically can be a sign that a dog is sick.

It's not unusual to see a dog vomit after consuming grass, prompting some pet owners to wonder if their dog ate the grass to soothe its own upset stomach or if the grass is what caused its symptoms in the first place. According Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer for the American Kennel Club, this behavior is sometimes a response to symptoms that were already present.

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A dog eating grass might seem like a peculiar behavior, but there are common reasons why he might enjoy munching on your lawn. While no one is entirely sure why dogs eat grass , pet experts are fairly certain it's just normal canine behavior and probably nothing to worry about.

Different dogs may eat grass for different reasons. But understanding why your dog does can help you address the behavior. Do you notice your dog eating more grass during times when you aren’t walking or playing with them as often?

"When dogs go outside and gobble grass really quickly, there's usually a reason, an instinctual behavior to try to induce some kind of gastrointestinal reaction," he tells Mental Floss.

"When they realize they're nauseous or something else, the only thing they know how to do is to force themselves to vomit. Some dogs that eat grass chomp it down without really chewing it, and often times may vomit something up and that's how they treat themselves."

Despite it being a common issue for pet owners, little research has been done into why dogs eat grass. It's likely that stomach problems only explain this behaviour part of the time. In other situations, a dog may eat grass for the same reason it eats your shoes or the groceries you left on the kitchen counter: Because it's hungry, anxious, or bored.

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Does your dog like to eat grass ? Find out why dogs eat grass , whether or not it’s bad for dogs , and if you should stop this behavior. We’ve all seen dogs eat grass and then throw up, but the experts say dogs don’t need to eat grass . “Fewer than 10 percent of dogs seem to be sick before eating grass

If your dog is eating grass or dirt, there's usually no need to worry. Find out more about why do dogs eat grass and dirt and what to do when it happens. Dogs eating grass is very common, but there’s actually little evidence to tell us why they do it. Behaviourists and veterinarians have been perplexed

So how can you tell when your dog is munching grass for pleasure and when it's trying to induce itself to vomit? Pay attention to the way it eats. Dogs are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and animals, so just eating grass alone normally won't be enough to make it sick. But if a dog is gorging on grass faster than it can chew it, that may be an indication that something is wrong. Whole blades of grass can irritate a dog's throat and stomach lining, potentially causing them to throw up if they swallow a lot of them in a short amount of time.

No matter the reason for your dog's grass-eating habits, Klein says that they aren't a major issue. The behaviour shouldn't be encouraged, as grass in public places can potentially carry harmful chemicals like pesticides, so stop your dog if you see it grazing. But if it shows no signs of illness or discomfort afterward, there's no need to rush it to the vet.

"If I see a dog eating grass, I'm not going to panic. I would try to stop it and then monitor it to see how it acts in the next 15 to 20 minutes. Look at how the dog's acting, its body shape and movement, and the feeling you get from the dog."

One condition related to vomiting that would warrant a trip to the vet is something called bloat. This happens when a dog's stomach fills with air, causing it to retch without actually throwing anything up. This is a medical emergency and can be deadly if left untreated.

A dog who vomits after eating grass and looks happy afterward, on the other hand, is probably not a cause for concern—though you may argue otherwise when you're steam-cleaning your carpet.

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