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Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?
Woofie is a fun-loving, happy, and very friendly pooch. He makes me laugh till I cry and keeps me entertained when I'm bored. He's a really great friend.
But on a rare occasion, he will do his best to let me know he's not feeling very good. He does this by eating grass when I take him outside for our normal walks.
So why does he do this? What is he trying to tell me?
This article will teach you why your pet eats grass and what you can do to help him/her feel great again.
The video below is a result of something going wrong with Woofie's diet or environment. He is wearing the "cone of shame" because of certain seasonal allergies he has. Yes, dogs can have allergies too.
He's one of the few dogs I've ever met that is allergic to... beef, chicken, rice, human dander, and a few other environmental things such as tree bark and grass. Yes, he's allergic to some types of grass!
This is a video of me scratching him. You can tell he's really itchy because he follows my foot the minute I stop scratching.
Why Dogs Eat Grass
According to WebMD, dogs eat grass for many reasons. They could be sick, bored, hungry, not getting enough exercise, have some type of diet deficiency, or have worms.
Many people will argue that dogs aren't smart enough to only eat grass when they're sick so this is all left up to anecdotal evidence.
However, in my experience, my dog will only eat grass when he is not feeling well. As you spend time with you pet, you learn how he/she reacts to certain situations.
Woofie does a great job at telling me (through his body language) how he's feeling. On days where he's got a lot of energy, he'll play with a toy. Other days when he's feeling tired, he'll just lay around. On days where he's sick, he doesn't want to be around me or my wife and he will lay down in the darkest corners of our house. I'm assuming he does this to hide his uncomfortable feelings.
Should I Let My Pet Eat Grass?
Many doctor's claim that dogs eat grass in hopes to help themselves vomit to relieve the pain. While this might be true, each time my dog eats grass he never vomits but seems to feel better after doing so. According to WebMD, "And grass-eating doesn’t usually lead to throwing up -- less than 25% of dogs that eat grass vomit regularly after grazing." This might not be the case for other pet owners.
If you're concerned with your pet (as most owners are), you should take your dog to the vet. Your vet will be able to tell what's wrong with your animal and in most cases will tell you your animal just isn't feeling well.
I personally do not like my dog eating grass simply because many other dogs use our grass to relieve themselves and I'm not sure what problems Woofie might have as a result of eating this grass.
I hope your pet starts to feel better!
I hope this article has been helpful and that your pet starts feeling better soon! Take a moment to watch Woofie in action as I play with him. He loves squirming around on his pink blanket while I rile him up.