At some point, we’ve all seen a pup eat a mouthful of grass while out on a long walk or lounging in the yard. But, there isn’t necessarily one definitive answer for why some dogs have a taste for grass. There’s no need for concern, though, as eating grass is a normal behavior among members of the canine family. Here’s two of the most popular theories behind why dogs eat grass:
This is one of the more common theories for why dogs eat grass, but that doesn’t mean that grass settles their stomachs. In fact, grass actually causes slight gastric irritation in our pups, allowing them to more easily vomit and feel better after purging whatever initially upset their stomachs. This may sound like an unpleasant thing to experience after snacking, but it’s nothing a few belly rubs can’t make better!
Taste and Nutritional Benefit
That’s right — some dogs eat grass because they’re simply fixated on the taste or texture. Though grass doesn’t sound like an appetizing snack to us, dogs seem to love the earthy flavor. Others eat grass seeking additional dietary supplements like fiber or digestive enzymes that aid their metabolisms. You do you, Fido.
Is it Harmful for My Dog to Eat Grass?
In short, no, eating grass is not usually harmful to dogs in its natural state. However, it’s important to remember that many yards, parks, fields and gardens are sprayed with chemicals that are harmful to your pup when ingested, so only let your dog eat grass in an area you trust to be free of pesticides and other dangerous lawn-care chemicals.
And, always remember that we can help you keep a clean yard that your pup will love to run, play, relax and even eat grass in. If you aren’t sure if our services are right for you, contact us today to schedule a free service with our amazing pet waste removal specialists in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Phoenix Metro areas.