Can I Let My Dog Eat Grass?

Can I Let My Dog Eat Grass?Does your dog try to eat grass on routine outdoor walks? Many owners wonder about this type of activity. It happens to be very common among canines.

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There are many reasons why a pet dog would try to eat blades of grass. There’s much speculation and it is hard to pin down exactly why this behavior occurs.

It’s long been believed that dogs consume grass to make themselves vomit. But boredom, curiosity or a nutritional deficiency are more probable theories.

Can I Allow My Dog to Eat Grass? Answer: Yes, obviously without pesticides

Some experts say a lack of fiber could cause a pet pooch to graze.

Others claim that pet dog consumption of grass is a disorder called Pica. We disagree because your dog likely views grass as a form of food. It’s normal for K9s, especially young pups, to be curious with their mouths. Do not worry about it if you know the blades of grass are untreated and clean.

Chlorophyll is healthy for hounds too and, thankfully, it is not an issue. Keep reading…

A Grass Game Plan

There is no need to stress if your dog likes to chew on grass. Animals, being in touch with nature, are naturally going to be sniffing and tasting things while they get to explore the outdoors.

Your job is simply to prevent your dog from eating inorganic material, but also organic things which may have been sullied and otherwise tainted (poisoned). It’s that straightforward.

Do not allow any grass to be eaten if you suspect pesticides or other chemicals have been used. When in doubt, move to a better location. So be selective about where your dog gets to eat some grass.

Feeding Fido Fiber

You may notice that your dog is not as interested in grass on a full stomach. This has been observed by many owners and it further advances the theory that dogs see grass as a natural food source.

You may begin to see even less grass grazing if you start feeding a high quality dog food that contains extra prebiotic fiber, Omega-3 and other essential fatty acids.

Why? Grass offers lots of these above-mentioned nutrients and dogs needs them to thrive. Do not underestimate the amazing instincts (and smarts) of canines!

An Extra Precaution

It is possible for dry, crisp grass blades to sometimes be sharp. You may wish to be extra cautious by only allowing your dog to eat from slightly moist lawns, parks or otherwise damp patches of grass.

While unlikely, certain types of grass can actually cut the inside of the mouth or even the esophagus.

If this concerns you then, by all means, take steps to prevent your dog from encountering this danger.

Conclusion on Grass

The act of eating moist, pesticide-free, chemical-free green grass is not harmful for pet dogs. There are numerous speculative reasons why canines chew on weeds and lawns. It’s generally not a problem. Add more fiber to your dog’s diet to possibility reduce grass eating behavior.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.

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