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Why Do Dogs Eat Grass? The Science and the Folklore

Dog munching on grass in a field, illustrating common canine behavior discussed in Riverview Grooming blog.

Ever caught your furry friend munching on your lawn and wondered, "Why are you eating that?" You're not alone! This strange behavior has puzzled dog owners for ages. Let's dig into the why's and how's.

The Science Behind Grass-Eating

Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren't trying to balance their diet or go vegetarian. Some veterinarians and animal behaviorists suggest that eating grass helps dogs relieve gastrointestinal discomfort. The fibers in the grass may induce vomiting, helping your dog feel better.

Grass as a Distraction

Some dogs simply find the texture and taste of grass intriguing. It can serve as a form of entertainment, especially for pups that spend a lot of time outdoors.

When to Worry

While occasional grass eating is generally harmless, frequent or obsessive behavior could signal an underlying issue, such as nutritional deficiencies or gastrointestinal problems. In such cases, a trip to the vet is advisable.


So, the next time you see your dog munching on grass, you'll know it's not that unusual. But, if it becomes a habit, it might be time for a professional opinion.

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