If your dog eats grass and has diarrhea, it is possible that it has 'intestinal worms' or some other Gastrointestinal illness. Studies have shown that undigested grass help to flush out the intestinal worms from the gastrointestinal tract by wrapping them around the blades of the grass.
Some dogs vomit after eating grass and sometimes that’s exactly what they want to do. When they have an upset stomach, they want to relieve themselves from the pain, and as they know that eating grass could lead to vomiting and a better stomach, they intentionally do so.
Maybe your dog is feeling anxious and that’s why it is eating grass. Some dogs become apprehensive when another dog or person approaches them, and in some cases, they suddenly start eating grass. Moreover, sometimes grass-eating is a regular anxious habit for dogs: it is similar to a nervous person biting on their nails.
There’s a high chance that your dog is eating grass simply because they like the taste and texture of it. Newly cut grass produces a chemical called (Z)-3-hexenal which make it appetizing to dogs. There is no concrete evidence but it is also possible that dogs eat grass just for fun: we can compare this with people who enjoy chewing gum or with children who eat dirt.
Scientists have confirmed that grass eating is dogs’ instinctive behavior that evolved from their wolf ancestors. As per the report, 2-10% of wolf’s stomach contents contain plant material and it is possible that grass-eating behavior in dogs has been passed down from wolf-like ancestors. Researchers have found that around 47% of wolves eat grass.
Some experts believe that dogs eat grass to crave nutritional components like fiber. They say grass contains vitamins that your dog may be missing in its diet. It is not confirmed if dogs with low-fiber diets eat more grass but some evidence suggests that dogs stop eating grass when they are fed a high-fiber diet.
Maybe your dog is bored and eating grass may help it pass the time. If you have locked up your dog in the backyard alone all day, there is a high chance they will eat grass. Keep your dog entertained by providing them with a lot of dog toys.
Although eating grass is usually not harmful to dogs, to prevent them from intestinal disease, it’s better to stop them from eating grass. Below are some effective tips you can follow to stop your dog from eating grass.
We hope these tips will help you stop your dog from eating grass.
It is occasionally normal for a dog to eat grass but you should consider visiting a vet if you see the following symptoms in your dog.
If you are concerned about your dog’s health then you should ask your vet for advice, or can connect with Little Furr for counseling.