Cows eat grass. Goats, sheep, zebras eat grass. In fact, almost all hoofed animals enjoy grazing on grass. But dogs?
This behavior of dogs has puzzled many, including animal experts. Why do dogs eat grass?
Research and tests have shown that more than 60 percent of dogs eat grass. The research also disclosed that there is no link to them feeling unwell beforehand. Some dogs may vomit after eating grass, but there is no proof that link this to illness.
Could your dog be eating grass because he’s lacking fiber in his diet? Some pet owners have reported that after changing their kibble, or switching them to a raw diet, they stopped eating grass. Coincidence?
In the grass-eating study, specific questions were asked about each dog’s diet: did the dogs eat table scraps, a raw diet or a commercially-produced kibble?
The results showed there wasn’t any indication that dogs receiving less fiber in their diets tended to eat grass more often than those getting more fiber.
It was observed that younger dogs eat more grass than older dogs, so perhaps this is linked to growth and a nutritional value.
The good news is that eating grass is not abnormal behaviour for dogs. It is not associated with illness or a dietary deficiency, but is an "innate predisposition inherited from wild canid ancestors."
So, as strange as its seems, most of our dogs just like eating grass.
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