Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?

Dogs do all type of things that you may not understand, like chase their tails, or relieve themselves in the neighbor's yard instead of yours. These are just a few things that may boggle your mind a bit when it comes to your furry pal. Another one that you may not understand is why your dog is eating grass every time he goes outside. This one has an explainable answer, though. Read on for reasons why your dog may be eating grass and what you can do about it.

Why Eat Grass?

Your dog may have an upset stomach and is eating the grass as a way to help get him to throw up whatever is causing his stomach troubles. Allow your dog to eat the grass, but keep an eye on him, as he may end up throwing up somewhere you don't want him to in your home. Keep him outside in case he vomits or ends up with diarrhea, which could also happen if he ate something that is causing him stomach pain.

Other reasons why your dog is eating grass include: he is not getting enough fiber in his diet and needs the grass to help with digestive issues, or he could have worms in his stomach and is eating the grass to treat the worms.

What Can You Do?

If your dog is constantly eating grass, try to change his dog food to something higher in fiber. You can ask your veterinarian about which type of dog food is best for your pooch. If you've changed his dog food recently, it may be due to the new food. Try changing back to your old dog food, or try something else. Be sure to mix the foods together to help transition your dog over to a new type of food.

Take your dog to the veterinarian for an exam and checkup if his food is not the issue. If it's worms, your dog may need to be treated with medication. If it's something he ate, and it's trapped in his stomach, he may need to have surgery to have whatever it is removed. 

If your dog is eating grass, keep an eye on him and watch for vomiting or loose stools. Also look for worms in his stools and take him to the veterinarian if he isn't getting better after a day or two. Contact a center like Clovis Veterinary Hospital P A for more help.