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Speculation as to why dogs eat grass

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As you pass through this treacherous, lingering cold spell, it would be amazing just to see patches of green grass as you peek out of your window. There is just something special about the color green and other hues that come with warmer weather and the spring season. A beautiful green lawn is not only a vision to you, but a tempting “snack” to many animals including your own dog. Your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home can attest to the fact that grass is a benefit in some mysterious ways for your canine.

Some dogs are extremely fussy eaters while others will eat anything it can grasp; table scraps, trash and even flowers, leaves and grass. In ancient days, while existing in the wild, dogs were considered carnivores and would eat most meat, although they would also consume some vegetation. Unlike the feline, dogs can actually survive without a meat protein. For good balance, they do need some fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, protein sources and water. No one knows for sure why but dogs do enjoy “grazing in the grass” just as other animals.

The theory is that, since dogs are descendants of wolves and foxes, they have acquired the taste for the green stuff. Foxes and wolves would eat their entire kill when hunting for food, including animals that were strictly herbivores who live on plants. Often the plants and other vegetation remains in the prey’s stomach and all is consumed. In fact, many carnivores tend to go for the stomach and its contents first, so it's likely that dogs may eat grass because they like it and it was once part of their normal diet.

You may have also noted your dog would eat grass when it appears to have an uneasy stomach, only to make themselves vomit. There is actually no medical study to back up this theory and vets believe dogs eat grass simply because they like it. However, the grass itself does work as an irritant to the lining of the stomach that causes the vomiting reaction. Professionals are not sure that a dog is smart enough to know when to eat the grass purposely to remedy an upset tummy, although it certain does appear that way at times.

Veterinarians also believe that a dog eats grass to compensate for greens that are missing in its regular daily diet. In fact, for that reason, some dogs may seem to seek out a particular variety of grass to fulfill its needs. Despite its reasoning, dogs crave the taste of the lush, green stuff and as long as it is free from fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, there is no harm in doing so.

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