Dogs do strange things sometimes, and eating grass is one of them. If you’re wondering why dogs eat grass, this article will explain it for you…
You see, dogs aren’t carnivores. They’re omnivores, but that doesn’t mean they’ll eat everything in sight!
Years ago, their ancestors did do that however. They also would sometimes eat their prey whole – including the stomach and intestines, which often contained undigested grass. So perhaps that’s how dogs developed their taste for grass and other greenery.
Dogs have since started eating green plants and vegetables, and they are able to get some nutrients from those. Most often however, the greenery closest to hand is grass. So dogs eat grass… However, that doesn’t really explain why dogs will usually throw up after eating the grass!
Dogs often eat grass when they’re not feeling well.
If they have an upset stomach or are feeling gassy, they might chomp down some grass. If they don’t chew the grass properly or swallow the blades whole, then the sides of the grass blades will tickle their stomach lining, causing them to throw up. This will make them feel better if they’ve been feeling a bit ill. It’s also thought that dogs sometimes have a bit of grass and induce vomit in order to rid their stomach of parasites and other nasty things.
Dogs don’t chew cud the way cows do, however they will sometimes nibble on a bit of grass.
If your dog eats grass frequently without throwing up, then he might be getting some nutrition from it, especially if he also has some other green vegetables once in a while. Eating grass is not harmful for your dog. However if he constantly does this, you might want to talk to your vet who could suggest some other sources of nutrition. Your dog might also not be getting enough fiber in his diet, so you could consider ways of adding in more fiber.
Do Dogs Like The Taste Of Grass?
Some people think that dogs might like the taste of grass, which is why they eat it. However, this is not really the case. A dog’s sense of taste is not very developed, so they’ll eat just about anything. So they’re not really able to differentiate the taste of grass from other things.
In conclusion, if your dog is eating grass, there’s no need to worry. However if he does this for a while, you might consider adding different foods to his diet.