Let Them Eat … Grass
With the holiday season upon us, it’s not unusual for us to be concerned about our dogs eating something they shouldn’t (a sugar cookie or even a sugar plum, perhaps). So it’s also not usual for us to worry that when our dogs eat grass, they are showing us that something has gone wrong with their diet to that they’re trying to make themselves vomit.
Patricia would like to put a minds at ease by sending along this great information she found through the American Kennel Club. ” As an AKC evaluator, I like to pass on information that clients often ask,” she said. “This says it best:”
Myth: Dogs eat grass because they are deficient in a nutrient in their diet or to make themselves vomit.
Fact: Dogs on well-balanced rations and in remarkably good condition regularly eat grass, and many dogs can be observed to routinely eat grass and not vomit. Research has revealed most grass to be a relatively poor emetic, and other studies have documented several wild canine species who also commonly eat grass. So the idea that dogs eat grass because they are missing something in their diet does not stand up under scrutiny for a variety of reasons. Likewise, the notion that grass is used by dogs needing to vomit cannot be supported experimentally. Some dogs might just like the taste. Be careful, particularly in teething puppies—excessive ingestion of leaves, sticks, grass, and other plant material can lead to gastrointestinal obstruction.