Just about any dog owner has witnessed their pet turning the yard into a salad bar. Many dogs eat grass, and we’re often left asking ourselves why they do. While there are some exotic theories out there, most consider that this phenomena is due to the natural instincts dogs possess and their desire to feed on some grass every now and then.

Even before civilization first existed, dogs were running wild, surviving much like coyotes and wolves naturally do. Their diet consisted of small animals, fruits, vegetables, and even grasses. The main reason for this would be to supply their bodies with all the nutrients and enzymes needed to sustain proper health. Grass offers several enzymes that may not be present in your dog’s current diet. If you notice your dog eating excessive amounts of grass, consider utilizing supplemental vitamins and enzymes that can replace the natural enzymes found in grasses which help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to the digestive system, consider what role grass would play in a dog’s diet. An upset belly may coincide with vast amounts of grass consumption, often followed by vomiting. What is happening is that when consumed in large quantities, grass blades will tickle the throat and esophagus, stimulating a regurgitating action. This can be a natural way for your dog to tell you that something is in their body that needs to get out. Toxins or even inedible items such as a stuffed toy can unsettle or even cause blockages in the stomach. Eating grass can often be your dog’s instinctive way of treating their ailment. If your dog is doing this, examine what they’ve recently eaten and search for evidence of such items as dog food, treats, or even dangerous toxins they’ve had access to.

Perhaps, however, your dog is just snacking on grass? A few blades here and there may not stimulate vomiting. Consider what a salad does for your body. The foliage acts as a cleanser for your intestines, assisting in the digestive process. It may be likely that your dog is simply trying to help their body do what comes naturally. Consider adding probiotic based supplements to their meal to help their digestive system function properly.
There is a definite connection between your dog and grass. Some dogs may munch grass to solve an upset stomach, while others eat it to complete their daily diet. As a dog owner, you need to be aware of what to watch for and how to help your dog maintain a healthy lifestyle- with or without grass.

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