Maybe your dog thinks your neighbour’s overgrown lawn is an all you can eat salad bar. Or maybe your dog flops into a patch of dark green shoots and proceeds to devour them like a starving goat. The short of it is, most dogs will nibble on grass from time to time.
Dogs eat grass for different reasons, and it’s not always because he or she has a rumbly tummy and needs to throw up. In fact, Less than 25 percent of dogs vomit after engaging in a little culinary lawn munching.
Here, we’ll look at different reasons as to why your dog might be eating grass.
Supercharge your dog’s diet
The first thing to look at is perhaps something is missing from their normal food intake. Grass contains fibre and minerals like calcium, magnesium and other trace elements, so your dog may be acting on instinct when it dive bombs into a particularly lush patch of grass.
Diet is generally the first thing vets consider if a dog is lunching on the lawn regularly. Talk to your vet before making big changes to your pet’s diet, especially if your dog has had food sensitivities in the past, or if your dog has underlying health concerns. Elderly dogs may have different nutritional requirements than a younger dog.
If your dog has a protein-heavy diet, it may be missing out on fibre, essential vitamins or minerals. There are easy ways to enhance your dog’s food.
Food and supplements to try
Your dog is thirsty
Your dog might be thirsty. One of the main components of grass is water. If your dog seems particularly enthused about soaking wet grass after a rainfall, you can try having it drink from its bowl before you go out for a walk, or add water to their normal food.
Your dog is bored or lonely
If your dog spends a lot of time in your backyard, and patches of your lawn vanishing, your dog might be bored and trying to entertain itself.
Things to try