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Why does my dog eat grass?

The debate about why dogs eat grass has been present for a long time and there are various explanations about it.

The debate about why dogs eat grass has been present for a long time and there are various explanations about it. Below we will tell you several reasons why your pet can eat grass. It's up to you to watch him and decipher the cause for which he does it.

Eating grass can be due to several factors

Lack of nutrients

The first thing you have to rule out is the lack of nutrients. It could be that they are experiencing an imbalance in the diet, and in the absence of certain vitamins and minerals, they try to get it by means of grass. The grass is rich in Nitrogen, folic acid, phosphorus, chlorophyll and even digestive enzymes that your dog does not get from its usual diet, therefore, seek to enrich it with a salad rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fibers and enzymes.

Gastritis and/or stomach pain

Another cause of the intake of grass, is that the dog suffers from chronic gastritis or stomach pain and the grass will help them vomit and perhaps relieve discomfort. When your dog frantically licks some surface, carpets or even throws licks into the air, it may have nausea or reflux, then it will eat grass to favor vomiting and feel better. It seems that out of 9000 species of grass, they select those that are edible for them.It is not entirely true that when they eat grass they are “purging” as is commonly believed, what really happens is that when the dog swallows grass, grass causes itching in the throat and that itching and irritation is what causes the vomiting reflex.

Stress and anxiety

If your dog does not have enough mental or physical activity it can generate stress and anxiety, which triggers the action of licking, biting or eating grass, and that will occupy his mind and release energy.

The theory of camouflage

There is also a theory that goes to its ancestral roots, it is about the theory of camouflage , in which it is exposed that they eat and even stir in the grass to fix the aroma and hide from their predators and prey, this theory is reinforced by the behavior of wandling in the grass or in things too odorous.

Fiber and deworming content

Another theory indicates that they possibly eat grass because they know that fiber and especially the composition of the grass will detach parasites from their gastrointestinal system. However, there is a high risk that other parasites will ingest in the grass.

Simply by taste

If the above does not match your pet, it may be that he eats grass only for taste. It is possible that the smell and taste of the grass is pleasant and that is why you eat it. It is even believed that it is a taste that comes from its heredity of predator of animals that consume grass.

It is normal for dogs to eat grass from time to time, but if we notice a significant increase in the frequency with it, we should consult with the veterinarian to rule out stomach problems, to propose a change in diet that provides better nutrition and incorporate some cooked vegetables into your diet.

We also need to consider that there are some dangers in allowing our pet to eat grass indiscriminately. Maybe in the home garden there is no problem, but in the park or in the countryside, there may be pesticides or chemicals that can cause serious digestive problems. On the other hand, in the grass of public areas there will be other animals (dogs, cats, etc.) and such urine can be a carrier of diseases such as leptospirosis. It is vital that you keep your pet up to date with his vaccinations and deworming.

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