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  • Does your dog eat grass?

    18 posts, 15 voices, 1244 views, started Mar 11, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2010 by Dawnkaren




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      I noticed my dog eating the grass when she was outside today, and wondered why.  It’s been raining and the grass is very wet.  She has been drinking from her water bowl, but no more than usual, so I don’t think she’s dehydrated.  

      Any ideas why some dogs do this?  Maybe they just like the taste?!





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          Frannie1964 wrote Mar 11, 2010
        • I believe they eat the grass because their stomach Is upset and eating grass makes them feel better. I think thats what I heard. I know my dog eats grass sometimes and my cat use to also, sometimes It would help them throw up If their tummy was upset. Wish I had more Info happy



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          Junia2 wrote Mar 11, 2010
        • I have one who nibbles on it every time she goes out and one only when she is not feeling well.  I had always wondered myself and googled it quite some time ago and yes upset tummy is one reason but also found that grass contains essential nutrients that a dog might crave, especially if it’s on a commercial diet.  If they eat an excessive amount you should let your vet know.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 11, 2010
        • My cat eats grass now and then and then throws up. I don’t know why they do it but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by it at all.



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          Accent09 wrote Mar 11, 2010
        • I think all dogs eat grass, at least all dogs I owned or been around. It must help them with their digestion but I don’t think it’s cause for any worry.



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          Hbrose wrote Mar 11, 2010
        • yes, my husband says because his stomach is upset.



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          Vrydarkeyes wrote Mar 11, 2010
        • Both our dawgs estatic graze like cattle when they‘re outside. When we first moved into this house a year ago we didn’t have any grass in the backyard and I noticed the dogs searching for grass to eat, so I went and bought a couple pieces of sod and yep, they ate to their tummies content!



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          Paris Mano wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • My little guy eats grass too! He looks like he is really hunger by the way he eats it but he has plenty of food. It seems to be normal.heart



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          Godrescuedgirl wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • I checked the PetFinder Library of knowledge and found this:

          Some dogs see a verdant lawn as an invitation to romp. Others view that swath of grass as a welcome snack. If you count your pup among the dogs that occasionally graze on grass, you're far from alone. Veterinarians receive many questions about grass grazing, and they don't always have direct answers for their clients, says Laird Goodman, DVM, a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.

          "Nobody really knows why dogs do it," says Dr. Goodman. "The short answer is they do it because they like to eat grass. I sometimes say some dogs want to have salad before they have their meal."

          Why Dogs Eat Grass Several possibilities may explain your dog's occasional inclination to munch on grass. Dr. Goodman and Dr. Steven Steep, past president of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, explain the theories.  

          Vomit stimulation: It's an unpleasant reality associated with grazing, but many dogs bring up their food after eating grass. However, it's unclear whether dogs eat grass to stimulate this action and clear their throat or stomach of unwanted matter. "Most clients think that their pets eat grass because they need to vomit," says Dr. Steep. "This isn't necessarily so. Many seemingly healthy dogs eat grass and may or may not vomit. There are also many dogs that have gastrointestinal upset but do not show any interest in grass."

          Nutritional deficiency: Some veterinarians suspect that dogs graze because they're missing something in their diet, says Dr. Steep. However, science doesn't yet provide any definitive answers about what those deficiencies may be.

          Canines' animal nature: Wolves and coyotes often eat the grain- and green-filled entrails of their prey first, says Dr. Goodman. "That's the salad before the meal part," he jokes. One of Dr. Steep's veterinary school professors suggested that eating grass may even be a throwback behavior that provides some evolutionary advantage to dogs.

          Taste: The answer may be as simple as your dog's enjoyment of the tender green stuff.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Thx Rikki for the info.... I think my cats like to eat it just because....
          I did buy them some of that oat grass and grew it in a couple of small containers around the house...They would chew on it but not get sick.



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          Godrescuedgirl wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Vikki,  

          You‘re Welcome! I like the way you spell your name. estatic

          And they actually have Dog Grass that you can grow as well that is suppose to be healthy for dogs that are grass chewers.



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          Frannie1964 wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • I love It, Your pets like to have a salad before meal timeestatic Thank you for the Info Rikki heartheart



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          Mztracy wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • It’s not such a good thing, especially if you use weed killers or fertilizers on your lawn.  

          Mine do it and i have noticed they only get sick when the gardener has thrown something down for the lawn care.

          So, now we try to curb them from doing it.



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          Dawnkaren wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • Thank you all for your helpful comments and Rikki thanks for all the info, much appreciated.heart

          Wish I’d had my camera when my dog walked back in with a long blade of grass sticking out of her mouth....she looked so funny doing cow impersonations!



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          Max0125 wrote Mar 12, 2010
        • One of my dogs loved grass and not due to an upset stomach. I think he may be part cow since he weighs 120 lbs. Not overweight, just a big dog!



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          Kimo04 wrote Mar 14, 2010
        • Thanks!  That info helps and now I’m certain one of my dogs is not overly strange. estatic
          My yellow lab eats so much grass you would think he is part-cow!! Yet he doesn’t vomit & doesn’t have an upset stomach.  He will be chewing grass and chasing a frisbee at the same time... total comedy!!  MY black lab only chews grass right before he needs to vomit.  Weird! Sooooo I guess both make sense... somehow. Haha! :)



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          Godrescuedgirl wrote Mar 14, 2010
        • I’m glad the info is helping. estatic

          For any of my pet questions or concerns I always go to [Link Removed] to check their library of knowledge. If I can't find what I'm looking for I drop the question to one of their experts.  

          My vet is a great resource, but sometimes he is in surgery or extremely busy.


          Godrescuedgirl, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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