If you have a dog, have you seen him eating grass? Sometimes the dog will vomit soon after ingesting the grass, and other times will not.
A small study that surveyed around 50 dog owners revealed that 79% of that group of dog owners observed their dogs eating grass occasionally, so this is a pretty common thing with dogs. Our initial concern is about the dog’s health; is he sick?
It is often said that the dogs will eat grass if they have an upset stomach and want to empty it, so they eat grass which makes them vomit. There does not seem to be any legitimate documentation of this, since dogs do not always vomit after eating grass.
The reasons dogs do this seems to be a topic on which experts are simply making educated guesses. Grass grazing has been observed in wild dogs, so there are experts who think it could be considered “normal” dog behavior.
This supports the observations that dogs eat grass even though they are not sick. According to owners interviewed, very few acted sick before they ate grass, and most do not vomit after eating it.
Other theories are that the dog has a physical need for fiber in his diet or is deficient in other nutrients that are supplied by plants.
Studies of wild dogs agree with this idea, since wild dogs will kill an animal and then eat the stomach contents which contain vegetation. So they speculate that dogs do need a certain amount of plant fiber and nutrients to be healthy.
There are occasions where a dog will eat something they should not, and turn to grass because their stomach rumbles, and then vomit. This does happen and could be a natural way for them to empty their stomach, but again, the experts are not in agreement about it.
The experts seem to agree that eating grass will not hurt your dog. While this is comforting news, there does not seem to be any clear advice presented about how to get your pets to stop grazing in your yard.
If you are sure that your dog is not sick, then you may want to experiment with his diet. It cannot hurt to try to supplement the commercially prepared foods most pet owners purchase for their dogs.
There are multiple vitamin and herbal supplements on the market that are worth investigating, and suggestions about the many vegetables that you can safely feed your dog.
Your dog will appreciate a more interesting diet, benefit from nutritional supplements and you may solve grass eating problem!