Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?
Spring is here and the grass is green and luscious - which means my dog is face down in the lawn, chowing down on the yummy green stuff instead of running around and exploring. Normally, I think "You know what, he's clearly very happy. Why not let him enjoy his grass for a minute?" But that minute turns into 10 straight minutes of him just eating grass and I can't help but wonder why? So I did some research:
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs are naturally omnivores, so it is their natural instinct to include plant material in their diet. Or it could simply be that they just like the taste - I mean come on, don't yuck another dog's yum! 👅
Luckily, the AKC also mentions that eating grass isn't really dangerous for them (a huge sigh of relief for me since barely a day goes by in the spring and summer when Ziggy isn't munching on it). However, it could be the sign of an underlying illness or nutrient deficiency. Pica, which is the medical term for consuming things that are not thought of as normal food for them, can indicate that your pup's meals aren't providing enough of an essential nutrient and they are trying to make up for it by eating grass. So consider switching you dog's food to a high quality brand, or throw in some cooked greens along with their regular diet.
IMPORTANT: Though the grass itself isn't dangerous, the things on and in the grass can be. Always supervise your pooch when he/she is eating grass to make sure they aren't getting into things like rocks or sticks. And if your lawn is treated with chemicals/pesticides, it's better to avoid letting them eat it at all. You should also keep in mind that they can become more susceptible to parasites or other issues, such as giardia, from other animals that have been playing in your yard when you weren't looking!
Hope you found this helpful! Now I'm off to the supermarket to buy Ziggy some greens to add to his dinner tonight 🥗 Feel free to comment or email me with any questions and share this post with a Pup Parent you think would find this helpful!