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My Dog Eats Grass - Why Do They Do It?

My Dog Eats Grass - Why Do They Do It?

Wondering why your dog eats grass, if it's safe for them to eat and if  your dog is poisoned? Our Thousand Oaks vets share some insight into why your dog might be dining on the green stuff — and notes of caution. 

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Many a pet owner has come to our Thousand Oaks veterinary office with their dog to ask, "Why does my dog eat grass?". There are a number of physical and psychological factors that can drive your pup to do this, including getting more roughage into their diets and as a way to cope with anxiety or boredom. We'll cover these more in-depth below. 

Physical Reasons 

The most common reasons a dog eats grass is that they are looking to get more roughage in their diets (same as humans). Grass is easily accessible and a good source of fiber for your four-legged friend. 

A lack of fiber in a dog's diet can affect their ability to digest stools and pass food. Eating grass may be your pooch's way of helping their body function more smoothly. 

On the other hand, if you see your dog exhibiting signs of an upset stomach on top of eating grass, there may be a more serious issue occurring. Book an appointment with your vet so they can rule out any medical issues that may be happening. They can also provide any treatment that may be required. 

Psychological Reasons 

is that they are feeling anxious or bored. Most dogs have no problem staying busy while they are outside. However, sometimes they can become bored when alone and may chew on grass to help occupy themselves. 

If your dog is anxious or experiencing anxiety, he may start to eat grass as a subconscious way to soothe himself, just as some people chew on their hair or fingernails. Many people notice their canine companions eat more grass when they feel lonely, bored or anxious. 

If you believe your dog due to any of the psychological reasons mentioned above, you may want to consider a few solutions. 

It may help to provide your dog with an old t-shirt or blanket with your scent on it to keep them calm and comfortable while you are not home, if they have separation anxiety. 

For pooches that tend to grow bored, puzzle toys can help with mental stimulation. 

However, if your dog likes to be active take them for walks more often and engage in strenuous play to tire them out and give them the exercise they need.

Is It Safe for Dogs to Eat Grass? 

The grass is completely safe for your dog to eat, especially if they are on consistent parasite prevention. The only time there is a reason for concern is if they are eating too much grass or they experience an upset stomach.

Our board-certified veterinary specialists at VSEC have experience in diagnosing and treating internal diseases and conditions of the gastrointestinal and other internal systems in a safe, compassionate manner. 

Your dog is not likely to become poisoned eating untouched grass - but make sure that there are no pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers used on the grass they are eating, this may be dangerous for your dogs.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Are you concerned about your dog eating grass? Feel free to request a referral from your vet today or contact us to schedule an exam.

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