Why do dogs eat grass?

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Contrary to the notion that dogs are carnivorous, dogs actually eat anything so that dog owners should not be surprised if the pet is seen eating grass. One of the bizarre behaviors of dog is eating grass. Dogs are known to raid trash cans and eat spoiled food, eat each others poop and drink water from the toilet so an owner has to be thankful that the pet has only formed the habit of eating grass. Dog owners will wonder why the pet would still eat grass in spite of the fact that it is regularly provided with enough nutritious food. A dog owner would wonder what makes his dog eat grass?

Wolves are the progenitors of dogs and grass forms a part of a wolf’s diet. Wolves hunt and eat their prey but grasses, plants and berries are eaten as well when food is scarce. Dogs have formed the habit of eating grass from subsisting on herbivores in the wild. Dogs in the wild would not know when the next meal would be thus the hunted prey as well as the contents of the stomach are totally consumed. Dogs in the wild have eventually developed a fondness for grass as these herbaceous plants have supplemented the dogs’ diet.

With the above mentioned fact, a dog’s inclination to eat grass becomes perplexing to the owners. Modern day dogs have no need to supplement their diet with grass as they are regularly provided with food. And yet, the dog would still be seen eating grass every now and then. Although dogs are known to eat anything, dog experts have an explanation for the dog’s strange eating habits.

One of the considerations made is the nutrient deficiency of commercially prepared dog foods. Dogs are intelligent animals but their ability to know what is wrong with their diet is uncanny. Eating grass is believed to be the dog’s way correcting a dietary imbalance. Dogs would eat anything – edible or inedible.

Dogs that have ingested anything that disagrees with the dog’s system commonly have an upset stomach. Grass is a natural cleanser that is used by dogs to deal with an upset stomach. Simply by eating grass; the dog can purge the toxic substance from its body. When a dog munches on grass, the blades of grass will sort of tickle the throat and induce vomiting so that the toxic substances together with the grass will be removed from the stomach. Grass is an effective bowel cleanser that eradicates parasite infestation.

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robbie on September 26th 2011 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior, training Tips

The Real Answers to Why, and What to Do About It – Dogs and Cats Eating Grass

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house moving One of the least understood habits of our canine and feline pets is the tendency to “graze”. The ingestion of grass by cats and dogs is a major area of concern for pet owners and has raised serious questions, probably since people started keeping dogs and cats. Unfortunately, when it comes to answering specific questions about this behavior, there are dozens of conflicting opinions. The good news is that applying a little bit of “horse” sense (pardon the equine expression) will help concerned pet owners decide how to deal with this issue.

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If these chemicals are hazardous for humans, as it clearly says on the labels, they are also harmful to your pets. Yet they are recommended by veterinarians and the health care industry. They tell you to bathe your pet in these strong chemicals which get into their blood through their skin. This is poisoning the animals!

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Is grass an essential part of my pet’s diet?
What we know:

  • Our pets need fiber as part of a balanced diet.
  • Grass is mostly fiber.
  • Cows graze. Horses graze. They don’t throw up when they eat grass. (Rumination doesn’t count.)
  • Horses, cows, sheep and other regular grazers have special enzymes in their systems that help digest grass.
  • Dogs and cats don’t have the above-mentioned enzymes in their systems.
  • Dogs and cats are very likely to throw up after eating a quantity of grass.
  • If ingested grass isn’t regurgitated by a cat or dog, it will be passed, undigested, in the stool.
  • Feral cats and dogs, as well as wild canine and feline animals will graze occasionally and it seems to have the same effect on them.
  • Dogs and cats that aren’t allowed to eat grass don’t suffer any directly related ill effects.

What we might conclude:
While grazing might be tasty or simply habitual for your dog or cat, it doesn’t appear to be necessary for good health. Fiber comes in many forms and if your pet is getting a well-balanced diet, it will include more suitable sources of fiber.

Will eating grass hurt my cat or dog?
What we know:

  • Dogs and cats eat grass — apparently instinctively.
  • Dogs and cats don’t die from eating grass unless said grass contains toxins.
  • Many dogs and cats tend to throw up if they eat very much grass.
  • Regurgitation/purging is a regular part of the digestive process for many animals.
  • Some types of plant life, including some grasses, are toxic to both dogs and cats.
  • Fertilizers and insecticides can be toxic to all kinds of animals.
  • Some grasses bear seeds and barbs that can embed in pet hide, ears, nose or throat and cause health issues.

What we might conclude:
Grazing probably isn’t directly harmful to your cat or dog. The type of grass eaten or what the grass has been treated with can pose serious health risks, including possible poisoning.

Should I let my cat or dog eat grass?
The answer to this question can now be derived from the conclusions above and your pet’s environment and habits. If you are sure the grass your dog or cat is eating hasn’t been treated with toxins and isn’t a variety that will harm your pet, a little bit of grazing probably isn’t going to cause any issues. If you live in a rural area or farming community, you may want to be wary of what kind of grass your pet eats. If you have white carpet and don’t want to risk nasty green stains — well, you get the picture.

Finally, input from your veterinarian is still very important in regulating your pet’s diet and that includes grazing habits. Our dogs and cats are as much individuals as we are and it’s possible that your pet may have health issues or even breed characteristics that make a difference. As with your own doctor visits, a little knowledge of the subject before you discuss it will go a long way in helping you and your pet’s vet decide what’s best for your dog or cat. It’s also ok to ask the vet where his or her reasoning comes from. Most will be happy to share the information You can be published without charge. You can to republish this article in your website or blog. Please provide links Active.

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robbie on July 19th 2010 in Dog Ownership, Dog behavior