Dogs are not goats, so why, when you let them out into the backyard do your dogs do they lay down to munch a bunch of greenery? Many pet parents want to know if grass is going to upset their dog’s digestive system – or perhaps it helps it.
Let’s revisit what one veterinarian lent to Mother Nature Network in 2013; whether or not the green stuff in our yards is dangerous. There is also an opinion as to whether or not dogs should stay away because of the chemicals many people use on their grass. You may be able to protect your dog in your yard, but what about the yards you know nothing about; the yards they like to snack on while you and your poochie pal are out taking a stroll?
What was revealed a couple of years ago is still true today. Many dogs like to eat grass because it tastes good to them. It is just like another vegetable; a sort of salad if you will. Grass itself is not harmful but the chemicals many people use on their lawns can be.
One reason Dr. Jennifer Monroe of Eagles Landing Veterinary Hospital in Georgia stated that dogs eat grass is that they may have a nutritional deficiency. Just like we eat vegetables to help our systems run properly, dogs may chew on grass for the same reasons. If your dog does not properly digest their food due to certain intestinal diseases, they may begin to graze on grass. Other reasons determined for grazing include anemia and bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract – which could also cause them to eat dirt.
The good doctor stipulated back then that chronic grass eaters may pose an issue – especially if the dog begins to vomit. If you are not always with your dog and they happen to wander into other yards, perhaps the grass they are munching on has been chemically treated and is hurting them in one way or another.
Perhaps the reason that they are eating grass is to cause themselves to vomit. People take Tums or Rolaids and dogs help their tummies in a more natural way. If something is disagreeing with them, they will sometimes eat grass to help themselves throw up. This natural method is okay unless your dog continually does it. If they vomit more than twice a week, they may have another underlying healthy issue and you should take them to their vet to get it checked out.
It was also suggested that dogs may develop an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) regarding grass. You do not want your dog consuming too much grass for any reason, so you should be aware of the signs and try to prevent them from acting on their impulses. If you find no other way, there are always basket muzzles you could purchase to restrict your dog from overeating their greens. You could also contact a certified veterinary behaviorist if the problem persists.
If your dog does not have health issues or guzzle grass, let them enjoy some greens. It may just be really good for them!