Is your Dog A Grass Eater?
Why does my dog eat grass? Should I be worried? These questions come with a variety of possible answers: tummy upset, nutritional needs, improving digestion, evolutionary, and the list goes on. For those of us who own or care for dogs, I’m sure we have all witnessed a dog munching on grass. After doing a bit of research, it seems as though this is a very common question among dog owners, yet there isn’t a clear cut answer as to why.
We do know that dogs do not have the means to digest grass. The enzymes needed to break down the fibers are not present in a dog’s stomach. According to an article in Modern Dog magazine, “One reason for eating grass may be due to a feeling of nausea. It is possible that dogs learn this temporary solution for stomach irritation.” Some suggest the grass blades tickle the throat and stomach lining, causing the dog to vomit, particularly when the grass is is gulped down rather than chewed. [Read more…] about Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?