Does your dog eat so much grass that you're debating whether you adopted a horse or a dog? If so, you're probably wondering why and if it's acceptable. That's a perfectly acceptable concern. We're going to talk about that a bit today.
Dogs Eating Grass: Instincts
You've probably heard of the basic instinctive reaction for a dog eating grass. The dog eats grass due to a stomach ache. The dog vomits the grass. Back in the day, if a dog had an upset stomach, her body automatically assumed she had eaten an item she was not supposed to. That triggered the instinct of eating grass as grass helps the dog to vomit.
How Does Grass Cause Dogs to Vomit?
The mass of grass in a dog's stomach (once eaten) combines with the 'bad stuff' in your dog's belly. This irritates the stomach even more resulting in her throwing up all the 'yuckies' in there.
The Misconception of Dogs and Grass De-Bunked
The instinct of eating grass due to an upset stomach isn't the only reason for your dog eating grass.
Sometimes, your dog eats grass out of boredom or just because it tastes good at the time. How could grass taste good? Don't ask us here at Canine Companions, we don't particularly like the taste of grass.
Grass may also fill some type of nutritional deficiency, like the need for fiber, to aid in digestion. So, it's a bit similar as it has to do with the digestive system, but different because the dog isn't eating grass due to an upset stomach but rather the body's instinct of telling your dog's mind the body doesn't have the nutrients it needs.
Amber Drake, the CEO of Canine Companions, wrote an article regarding the dangers of eating grass with the DogCancerBlog. You can find an excerpt from her article below (to read the article in full click here):
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