Dogs are usually fed as omnivorous animals. This means they use to eat several kinds of foods, which include meat and sometimes vegetables. In spite of this, is still as curious fact that dogs use to eat grass. It is possible that you have already seen your dog grazing in your garden. Some people find it weird and wonder why do dogs eat grass and usually throw up after that. Is that a good habit? Is it harmful? Will your dog get sick because of this? Or, in other hand, does your dog do it because he is feeling sick?
We often link the vomit to sickness or a poor health and this must be the reason why so many people are worried and take their dogs to the Veterinarian as soon as they are aware they vomit after eating grass. There are some possible explanations for the fact that some dogs eat grass, but it is hard to know for sure the real reason why your dog does it in a particular situation. The reasons may be related to boredom or bad nutrition, among others.
In fact, it is said that when dogs eat grass they are probably lacking some nutrients, like it is said that dogs eat feces for the same reason. But it might be for other reasons. If you want to find out if your dog has a health problem due to a bad balanced diet, you should take him to the Veterinarian and seek information about a good nutritional plan that assures all the vitamins and minerals a dog need.
Veterinarians usually consider that dogs eating grass is a common situation and a natural behaviour and it should not bring concerns to dog owners. Nevertheless, it is important to know the causes that can lead to this situation.
Why do dogs eat grass and throw up?
One says that dogs eat grass when they don’t feel well because it is a natural and easy way to induce vomit. It is believed cats do this too for the same reasons. Some specialists say that when your dog has digestive problems he turns to grass in order to vomit and get some relief. On the other hand, many people say that they have already seen their dogs grazing and they weren’t sick. Many people say also that eating grass not always lead to vomit. In fact, one says also that because many dogs eat grass when their stomachs hurt they usually end up vomiting but it may not be linked to the previous grazing. There is no consensus among scientific community about this idea.
There is another possible explanation for dogs eating grass, which is the same reason one believes cats do it: to improve digestion and have a natural food supplement. In fact, grass has a lot of fiber that can be beneficial to dogs, although it generally has not a great nutritional value to a dog’s diet. Still, it is a good snack: it has fiber and it does not harm the animal.
Some people say that dogs may eat grass just for its taste. We shall never know what dogs think about it.
In spite of eating grass is not a worrying situation, you should be attentive because several herbicides, pesticides and other chemical substances used on lawns can be toxic and harm your pet, particularly, but not only, when the animal ingest them.
Make sure your dog is eating a good and complete food. His is mandatory for his health. It is possible that your dog food lacks fiber. Make sure your dog is feeling happy. You may take him to a walk or play with him. It is important to your dog to do fun activities.
Like we have said, grass itself is not harmful but it is possible that public gardens have some toxic substances on their lawn. You should pay attention to it every time you take you dog for a walk. If you think there is a possibility your dog ate grass with toxic herbicides or pesticides, you should take him to a Veterinarian as soon as you can to avoid serious problems. You also must take your dog to a medical examination if he vomits very often, because this can be a sign of a serious condition.
Dogs are not typical carnivores. Some dogs use to eat vegetables. It is always a good idea to talk to the Veterinarian if you have questions about it and find out if it is advisable to your pet to eat vegetables. You can also find on stores veggie snacks. It may be a good way to introduce some variety to your dog’s diet. Always try to choose a good and recognized brand.
As we have seen, there are plenty possible reasons for dogs eating grass and vomit afterwards. If it is important to know why they do it, it is also imperative to pay attention to other things, like if there have been other changes in the dog’s behavior that may indicate disease. We should always keep in mind that our dogs can’t tell us what is wrong with them, so it is our duty to pay attention and to take care of them and act quickly every time we think that they may not feel good.