Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

April Livingston | March 11th, 2018

It’s something you have probably seen before if you own a dog: they head out into the yard and instead of going potty, they begin to graze. While your favorite dog is clearly not a cow, this can be a confusing sight to behold: your dog eating grass from the yard. While you might be worried that your dog is bored or sick, you might also wonder if eating grass could be harmful to your beloved pooch. As luck would have it, your dog eating grass and then vomiting afterwards is actually quite normal.

This behavior is known as pica. It is a technical term that simply describes the behavior of eating anything that is not considered food. It could mean that a dog has some sort of nutritional deficiency, or it could be due to boredom. However, this is a very common behavior and this kind of pica does not typically cause any sort of harm to the dog. In fact, veterinarians call this a “normal dog behavior.” So, should you be concerned if your dog is eating grass?

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It turns out there are a variety of reasons why dogs consume grass. Some actually eat the grass in order to settle their stomachs when they are not feeling well. Eating grass and vomiting it up actually makes dogs feel better. Call it a bit of self-medication, if you will. While you should always consider talking to your veterinarian for an expert opinion, it could be that your dog eating grass is not a cause for concern. One thing you should keep in mind if your dog tends to eat grass is to be careful about the type of pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer you use on your lawn. Dogs are unique in their own special way and just because you dog eats grass does not necessarily mean you should be concerned.

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