Why do dogs eat grass? Is it good or bad? Is it for digestive reasons? Here's my personal answer to why dogs eat grass, why dogs vomit and what I do to stop it.
I believe it's for the benefits of chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in all plants. It is very similar in chemical structure to human hemoglobin. The difference is that where hemoglobin contains iron, chlorophyll contains magnesium.
Chlorophyll helps purify the body by cleansing toxins from the bloodstream. It's also a natural cure for bad breath since most chronic bad breath is caused by digestive problems.
My personal favorite supplement, chlorophyll alkalizes the body, which means more available oxygen for me, so I'm less tired.
You caught that didn't you? Yes, I was talking about me. I have taken chlorophyll for 20 years and it wasn't until this past year that I had a revelation. Watching one of my dogs in the back yard I wondered, "Why do my dogs eat grass when I give them all fresh veggies?"
I did a mental checklist and observed my dogs for a few months. When I gave them a healthy dose of parsley, I didn't find them eating grass and the parsley juice is full of ... chlorophyll!
With too many benefits to mention, I add the liquid form to my water and my dog's water daily.
benefit I recently learned is this. A study conducted by researchers
from Oregon State University (OSU) has found that chlorophyll works
effectively to block bodily absorption of aflatoxin, a fungal
contaminant found in many grain and legume stocks.
I site the result of this study because the majority of dogs are still eating kibble and this fungal contaminant is much more likely to be found in processed dog food than fresh food. Something we need to keep in mind since grains not passing the criteria for human consumption end up in pet foods. This could be another good answer to the why do dogs eat grass question.
Remember those grass stains on your knees when you were a kid? That's chlorophyll. So it stains plus it has to be refrigerated. As long as the house is at a reasonable temperature it can be left out for a few days. I fill a 2 oz. bottle with an eyedropper in the top and leave it near my dog's water bowl. I add several drops whenever I fill it, or put the drops right on their food. It won't go bad in a few days and by then I've used it up.
If I am out of chlorophyll, or in addition to, I buy parsley to put in the food processor along with the other dog veggies.
Rich in the natural deodorizer chlorophyll, parsley is an immune-enhancing multi-vitamin and mineral complex in green plant form and one of the most important herbs for providing vitamins to the body. I chop up one bunch of organic parsley for five large dogs.
Okay, you got me on this one. I'm not entirely sure but I don't see it as a bad thing at all. I believe when they vomit in conjunction with eating grass it's because their system is too acidic or their digestion needs a helping hand. what can't go down, must come back up!
So why do dogs eat grass? So they can vomit silly.
Relax and remember grass won't hurt your dog. He eats it for a reason. Please do not let your dog eat grass that has been fertilized or chemically treated. Ingesting those things along with the grass is doing him much more harm than good. If you insist on having a perfect lawn where your dog spends time, please follow the above advice to get his needs met naturally.