Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

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?

Rover.com//Facebook

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.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Dog Jumps for Joy When Visitors Arrive

    Bayla the yellow Labrador just loves her family. She has lived with them nearly her entire life, so you could say she is pretty attached to them. Her favorite thing is to cuddle with them and wants to be around them at every opportunity. She has two human parents and two human brothers. The brothers...

    Read More
  • Missing Dog Found 2,000 Miles from Home

    If Jake the coonhound could talk, he would have an incredible tale to tell. He somehow managed to travel across the entire United States on his own, and was located 2,000 miles away from his family recently. It all began when a man named Adam Herbaugh took his two dogs for a walk in his...

    Read More
  • ‘Scary Werewolf’ Saved from Side of Road

    For months, a creature stood by the side of the road in California. He was balding, hunched over, and very skinny. His skin was scaly and his tail was shriveled and pointed; his remaining fur stood up on his neck. It was probably weeks since he had food and he had trouble walking. There wasn’t...

    Read More
  • Realtor Finds Furry Tenant in Vacant Home

    When Tim Johnson, who is a realtor in Illinois, received a phone call he was completely shocked. He is still fairly new to his job, but a property manager at his company placed an urgent call to him recently. A neighbor said they thought a dog was trapped inside a vacant property and they were...

    Read More
  • Dog Abandoned Because He’s “Too Big”

    A boxer named Mac was surrendered to a shelter by his family after living with them for over nine years. The reason? He was too big. At least, that is what the family told shelter staff as they dumped him there and left. While it’s true that Mac was a little bit overweight at the...

    Read More
  • Dog Abandoned for Being “Too Old”

    A dog named Rocky lived with the same family for his entire life. Then, one day, he found himself being abandoned at a large shelter in the state of Texas. His family left him there and said he was, “too old” and asked that he be euthanized. Luckily, staff at the shelter realized Rocky still...

    Read More
  • Dog Goes from Rescue to Royalty

    Just three short years ago, things were not looking good for a beagle named Guy. He had been discovered wandering all alone in the woods of Kentucky. He was then transported to a local shelter that was known for euthanizing a large number of dogs there. Even though he was only three years old, there...

    Read More
  • Boy Convinces Parents to Adopt Huge Dog

    Though he is only seven years old, a boy named Travis Ulman knows just how to sell an idea to his parents. Travis, who lives in San Antonio, Texas, recently tried his negotiation skills and they paid off in a very big way. You see, Travis and his family recently moved to a new house...

    Read More