Every dog breed is different, but there are certain behaviors they all tend to exhibit. One such behavior is eating grass. Dogs eat grass for different reasons, and in this article, we'll explore 5 common reasons.
- To settle upset stomach: According to Dr. Sara Ochoa, a veterinarian at Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital, the main reason dogs eat grass is to combat stomach upset. Grass helps them to vomit the less digestible parts of their meal.
- It's an instinctive behavior: Dogs are direct descendants of the Gray Wolves. Their ancestors were scavengers who ate whatever was available, including grass.
- They need fatty acids: Grass forms omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids when cut. A dog may eat grass if they lack enough fatty acids in their diet. According to a Veterinary Research Communications study, dogs with low omega-3 levels tend to be aggressive.
- To deal with constipation: Grass can help dogs pass poop easily, as an ounce of grass contains 4 grams of fiber. Lack of fiber affects a dog's ability to digest food and poop.
- They are bored or curious: Some dogs may see grass as a delicacy and enjoy eating it because of its taste or texture. Usually, such dogs would find and eat fresh, juicy blades of grass.