Is there such a thing as too many greens? Why your dog eats grass
Have you noticed your pupper chewing grass? It is very common for dogs to do this, but you may be wondering why. Some people say that it’s unhealthy, but that may not be the case. There are many reasons why dogs graze and it is mostly a relatively harmless pastime.
Is it normal?
There is evidence to suggest that eating grass is innate as it is seen in wild dogs as well as domesticated dogs and pups. There’s a good chance your pupper is chewing on grass because they like the taste. Dogs are omnivores, so it is a natural part of their genetic makeup to crave greens.
Grass is high in fibre. If their diet is lacking in nutrients, it could be a way for them to access the roughage required to assist their digestion and to pass gas and stools. The best way to be sure your pupper is getting a complete and balanced diet is to curate a custom Lyka meal plan perfectly designed for your dog.
What should you look out for?
- There is a belief that dogs sometimes eat grass to induce vomiting if they are feeling unwell. However, studies have shown a low incidence of vomiting with grass eating. Fewer than 25 percent of dogs vomit from eating grass and only 10 percent show signs of illness prior to eating grass, meaning most are not likely eating it because they’re sick.
- If your pupper is chewing on large chunks of grass very quickly without chewing, this may induce vomiting.
- Grass may have been sprayed with harmful herbicides and pesticides, so it is important to be aware where your favourite furry friend is getting their grass from. Take note of any council signage in parks that indicates recent spraying.
- Grass can also contain parasites so make sure your dog is up to date with their worming medication.
What about other plants?
Who doesn’t love a pretty garden or indoor plant or two? Unfortunately, many plants and flowers can be toxic for dogs, so it is important to be mindful of the dangerous ones. If you like cut flowers in your home, there are plenty of safe options.
When should you see your vet?
- If your pupper seems to be eating grass more frequently than usual or to excess, this can be a sign that they are trying to self-treat an illness. So, be on the watch for vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, decrease in appetite, blood in the stool, lethargy or excessive lip licking.
- If you notice your dog habitually eats other non-food items, they may have a condition called pica. This condition is associated with nutritional deficiencies and a compulsion to eat things such as metal, plastic, cloth, garbage, dirt, rocks, paper and even faeces. This can be dangerous and may lead to bowel obstructions.
- Excessive grass eating can be a sign of boredom or anxiety. It may be worth mentioning to your vet or dog trainer. You may even find that some extra stimulation and interactive toys can help.
- Of course, if you think your dog has ingested a toxin, consult your vet as soon as possible.
Lyka: a great source of nutrition and fibre
All of Lyka’s recipes contain human-grade ingredients and offer a complete and balanced diet for your pup that is high in mixed-fermentable fibre. Dish up a bowl of Lyka and you can rest easy knowing that your pup is receiving enough roughage to keep them feeling their best. Order a Starter Box today and experience the Lyka difference.