Why do dogs eat grass? It seems to upset dog owners to no end but I see it as a clue. One we should pay attention to.
And dogs don't always vomit after eating grass. Either way, it serves a purpose so let's talk about the 3 reasons it happens.
I saw grass eating far more often when my dogs ate kibble. It has little fiber. Dogs can't really digest the fiber in grass but it could help feed to good bacteria in the gut since that's what pre-biotics are. Food for the good bacteria needed in the gut for everything from digestion to enhancing the immune system.
Grass also contains some bacteria so even if your dog throws up after eating it, he could still benefit from the bacteria. Again to balance something off in the gut. In this case the bacteria is likely in the probiotic category.
Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in all plants. It is very similar
in chemical structure to human hemoglobin.
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 problem.
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 grains and legumes.
mention this study because the majority of dogs are still
eating kibble and this fungal contaminant is often
found in processed dog food.
Legumes include beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, soybeans and of course peanuts/peanut butter,
This could be another good answer to the why do dogs eat grass question.
I make a note of it. Since the grass in my yard is never treated with pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers I don't have to worry about it hurting her.
A few bites of grass are fine. If she keeps at it I know something is off and she's trying to fix it so I go to my favorite dog supplements drawer and give her an extra probiotic or specific enzymes.
To see my favorite, click over to my Best Dog Supplements page.
Relax and remember untreated 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. Even walking on a treated lawn in bare feet absorbs those chemicals. (That last bit of advice is for you too since dogs tend to be barefoot all the time don't they?)