Have you ever wondered why dogs eat grass? It is bad? 80% of dogs have this habit and it is curious to discover the reason. We tell you here
Have you ever wondered why dogs eat grass? Can it be bad for their health? 80% of dogs have this habit and you may be surprised by the reason. We will explain below
It’s common, when out walking in green areas, for dogs to spend some time carefully selecting a few blades of grass to eat, only to regurgitate them a few minutes later. Why do they do that? A study cited by the WebMD veterinary journal, carried out on a sample of 49 dogs, found that 80% of them ate grass. This shows that it’s a common behaviour in dogs, and vets classify it as natural behaviour, so there’s no need for alarm
Dogs that eat grass and then vomit:
Dogs are facultative carnivores. But just because they’re carnivores doesn’t mean that they only eat meat and fat. Just like wolves, dogs can incorporate some vegetable elements into their diet and benefit from them.
In fact, experts have observed the direct consumption of vegetables by wolves (the direct ancestors of domestic dogs) to explain the same behaviour in dogs. Having verified that this consumption is fairly limited, they concluded that, in a wolf’s diet, vegetable matter is consumed primarily for functions related to digestive transit rather than for nutritional purposes.
As we know, fibre helps with bowel transit. But have you ever wondered why dogs eat grass and then vomit? Some people believe that grass acts as an irritant in the stomach and increases the secretion of acids until it makes the dog vomit. Some dogs may eat grass in order to purge, i.e. to expel something from their digestive system that is causing them discomfort.
Is it bad for dogs to eat grass?
In principle, if a healthy dog eats grass, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem. But if your dog is repeatedly trying to purge, this could be a sign of a stomach problem and you should see a vet.
There is also a risk associated with eating grass – a dog could be poisoned if they eat a plant which is poisonous or has been sprayed with fertilisers or insecticides.