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Why Dogs Eat Grass

Tasha, Abby, Jordie, Stevie and Zoey on a grass coffee break  

IF YOU SEE YOUR DOG EATING GRASS…

 

Don’t be alarmed if you see your dog eating grass. Grass isn’t bad for canines and the fact that they are eating grass is not an indication that they are ill.

Sometimes I think I am living with a herd of cattle, instead of a pack of dogs! Here’s the proof!

SO, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EATING GRASS?

Dogs do like to have greens in their diet…grass contains nutrients that are beneficial to a dogs health. If you do not provide fresh greens in you dogs daily diet he will likely go looking for greens on his own. Even though my dogs get a diet rich in fresh, nutrient rich soluble fibers (from fresh fruit and veggies) they still love to chew fresh grass on a daily basis in the summer and the dried brown grasses in the fall and winter.

Robbie’s found his own stash of sweet grass

There is also an enzyme in grass that is beneficial to a dog’s digestive system. Every so often dogs eat grass to help them regurgitate something that is irritating their digestive tract or just not sitting well in their stomach.

Diets that are high in protein can slow the digestive system – the fiber in grass helps aid the digestive process.

Sometimes you will see your dog bring up yellow foamy bile. This does not mean that they are sick – it is normal. However if your dog continues to throw up bile multiple times (more than a few times) over the span of a day or several days you should get your dog to a Veterinarian.

Fiber and amino acids present in grass help to stimulate the digestive system and aid blood flow.

Just as antioxidants are beneficial to humans – so to for dogs. Grass is a source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to prevent heart disease, strokes and cancer, they also aid the health of the immune system.

Grass also contains niacin and other B group vitamins, which aid the metabolism, stimulate the nervous system, and help maintain healthy fur and skin.

…and don’t forget canines love to chew on stuff! Most of the time my dogs just eat grass because they enjoy it.

Sarah’s found a good patch of grass too!

And, by the way – size does not matter – grass is as popular with my really small dogs, like Carmen my Chihuahua and Jacob my 4 pound Pomeranian as it is for the big guys!

When I am outside doing chores, the dogs will often munch grass – especially the longer blades – so kind of them to remind me that I need to get the grass trimmer out.

When the dogs are off-leash on the trails they have favorite patches of long grasses that they all partake of. In the winter – the tall dry meadow grasses are a favorite.

Given the opportunity, my dogs also love to munch on my bunnies’ timothy and dry sweet grasses.

When it comes to your dog eating grass, the only thing to be concerned about is to make sure your canine never eats grass that has been treated with herbicides and pesticides.

About Karen

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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