Have you noticed that your dog eats grass and wondered just how normal it is? The answer to this question is a little more nuanced than just saying yes it is normal or no it is not. However, for most pet parents, there is nothing to worry about.
If you have always known your dog to eat grass every day when they go out or they normally graze like a cow, they are probably bored or just like grass. However, if your dog is eating grass and not food, or they have started eating grass all of a sudden, there is likely a reason for it.
A lot of dogs eat grass because they enjoy eating grass. They simply like the fresh greenery outside and enjoy how it tastes. However, for some dogs, it could be an indicator of an upset stomach a lack of fiber, or another type of dietary deficiency.
Here are some common questions that dog owners ask about their pets eating grass.
Should I let my dog eat grass when they’re sick?
Eating grass can cause vomiting for some dogs. In many cases, a dog will eat grass instinctively to soothe an upset stomach. This is not generally considered harmful.
How long after eating grass will a dog vomit?
Only about a quarter of all dogs vomit after eating grass. Most of the time it is caused by them gagging on the long strands of grass, so the incidence occurs immediately.
Why is my dog eating grass and throwing up?
If your dog is eating grass and throwing up it is a likely indication of a stomach problem and you should consult your local veterinarian.
Why is my dog eating grass and having diarrhea?
If your dog is eating grass and having diarrhea it is a likely indication of a stomach problem and you should consult your local veterinarian.
Should I stop my dog from eating grass?
There is no need to stop your otherwise healthy dog from eating grass. However, you should stop your dog from eating any grass that has been treated with a fertilizer, pesticide or other chemical as these types of chemicals are generally poisonous to dogs.
Is there a good substitute for a dog eating grass?
If you are concerned about toxins or just prefer that your dog not eat grass there are substitutes on the market ranging from specialty grasses to expensive herbal substitutes. Many pet owners opt to feed their dogs other vegetables instead, such as lettuce, celery, and even carrots.
It can be okay for dogs to eat grass, but only if you are sure that it is not due to underlying gastrointestinal issues. If you find that your dog is eating grass, it is best to consult your local veterinarian and discuss your dog's bowel habits, dietary indiscretions, and food and treats.