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Dog food 01.06.2021

Dog eats grass

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Many dog owners know this very well, when the pelt nose suddenly eats grass again and again for no apparent reason. If your four-legged friend also tends to do this, you should first keep calm. Because basically this behavior is quite normal and nothing bad. However, you should also be aware that there can be different causes behind it, which you should of course know.

Why does my dog eat grass?

Basically, eating grass is part of the normal behavior of a wolf and therefore also of a dog. This has the following reasons:

  • Grass is rich in fiber, which is important for digestion
  • they want to compensate a lack of nutrients
  • grass helps dogs with digestive problems and therefore also with vomiting
  • out of boredom
  • in case of existing gastritis
  • they have a long-established behaviour
  • wrong and therefore unbalanced nutrition

Cats, on the other hand, primarily eat grass to remove the hairs swallowed during regular grooming from their esophagus and vomit.

Do dog owners/dog owners need to worry?

No, in most cases eating grass is not problematic. Often this is just a game or your fur nose is just bored. Therefore, first try to occupy yourself more with the dog. Especially if you live in a city, you should always make sure that he gets enough exercise. In addition, it is important to avoid that the pelt-nose eats the grass directly at the roadside. This is because in big cities it can contain pollutants from exhaust fumes that the dog would ingest. In the wild, however, eating grass is usually not a problem.

But make sure that your pelt-noses do not eat sharp-edged leaves. Such grasses can injure the oral cavity as well as the oesophagus and this must be avoided.

Very important!

No dog eats grass to annoy its humans or to stop them when they go for a walk. No, for many four-legged friends the green and fresh leaves simply taste very good. If your dog now simply pulls the grass away from you, he is actually punishing you for no reason. It is better to think calmly about the reasons and to visit possibly also a veterinary surgeon. Because often this cause can quickly find out and recommend the appropriate solution.

Dog eats grass shutterstock.com / alexei_tm

Conclusion

There can be many different reasons why your dog keeps eating grass. In most cases, however, this is quite normal and harmless. If you want to be on the safe side, you should make an appointment with a vet. This can quickly find out whether a disease is the cause of eating grass. Often this simply tastes to the animals or they have boredom. For you as the owner or keeper, it is therefore important to keep calm, observe the dog's behaviour and, to be on the safe side, consult a vet. Make sure, however, that he does not eat grass directly from the roadside. Because this could possibly be covered with exhaust fumes.

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