Why do Dogs Eat Grass?

Most dog owners will have noticed their canines eating grass at some stage. Whether your dog does munches on the green stuff occasionally or more often, it can puzzle us pet owners! Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look in our latest blog!

It may be news to some people but the dog is actually an omnivore, not a strict canivore, unlike cats so it is perfect natural for them to have some vegetable matter in their diet alongside meat, but why is grass so appealing to them?

Some dogs seek out grass as a natural relief for a gassy or upset stomach. When ingested the grass blades actually tickle the dog’s throat as well as the stomach lining. Though seemingly unpleasant this sensation causes the dog to be sick, especially when the grass has been gulped down instead of chewed and this may be exactly what they need to cure a stomach upset. An unwell dog will often do this as a way to rectify having eaten something they shouldn’t have or a digestive disturbance. How clever! Nonetheless if you see a sudden increase in this behaviour- ensure you take your canine to the veterinarian to make sure they aren’t suffering with an undiagnosed, more serious medical condition.

Some dogs simply however find the grass taste palatable and other breeds will do it to add a little roughage to their usual diet.

Whatever the reason behind grass eating, most dog experts see no harm in letting your dog tuck into grass. Grass contains some essential elements that your canine may actually crave and require, especially if your pet is being fed a diet which is not comprehensive in it’s nutritional package. If your dog is eating grass regularly it is wise to assess the quality of your dog feed and make sure it is providing the nutrients your dog needs to thrive.

If your dog is one that simply likes to graze, but is healthy and happy, just make sure that the grass they are eating hasn’t been treated with any chemicals or pesticides.

Scientific Nutritional Products provides a range of canine supplements; Canine Joint Right Glucosamine for Dogs. If you would like to findout how Glucosamine for Dogs can benefit your dog's mobility please visit our website to find out more or contact our nutritional expert Peter Fishpool on 0800 032 7774.



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