Why does your dog eat grass?
As a pet owner, you feed your dog with nutritious foods to grow healthy and happy. Despite feeding all possible diets, why does your dog tend to eat grass? This is one of the few questions that pet owners often ask from vets during a consultation.
While no one is precisely sure why do canines eat grass, pet experts see it as a normal behavior of pets with nothing to worry about. Dog eating grass is quite common, but vets say it may be an indication of Pica. It is a disorder where pets get an urge to eat non-edible things due to nutritional deficiency.
Possible reasons for dog eating grass:
The reasons for canine grass grazing may be instinctive behavior or out of boredom in young puppies. Veterinary doctors think it’s a deliberate attempt by pets to induce vomiting to get relief from stomach upset and indigestion. Eating grass without properly chewing tickles the throat that stimulates vomiting. Thus, it may seem a normal behavior for pets to throw away unwanted things.
Is it safe for dogs to eat grass?
The instinctive behavior of eating grass is mostly thought safe by pet experts and doctors. But, pet owners need to keep a careful eye on the type of grass that dogs are eating. Grazing on the grass treated with fertilizers or pesticides is never a good idea. Observe the pet’s reaction after eating the green before taking suitable action.
How do I stop my dog from eating grass?
There are a few steps you can take to curb this habit if your dog eating grass is concerning you. As stated above, this behavior may result from the nutritional deficiency in dogs who try to meet the unmet nutrients. Change the foods of your dogs after consulting with a pet specialist. Upset stomach is another reason that leads to this habit. Consult with a qualified vet online to get a list of excellent foods that do not cause any digestion problem in pets. Taking these steps, you may curb the grass eating habit of your pet gradually.
Should you consult a veterinary doctor for grass eating?
A dog that eats grass and vomits may be considered showing an instinctive behavior. It should not be a cause of concern for you. However, if the grass grazing behavior is continuous, it may be some other underlying problem. Take your pet immediately to vet for a clinical examination and diagnosis of problems. In this way, you can maintain the health of your pets.
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