We know that when dogs have gastrointestinal upset when they have nausea when they have gas or bloating when they’ve consumed something that they should not have or they’re dealing with a virus or bacteria they just don’t feel well gastrointestinal they will choose to consume a large amount of grass when they exhibit this behavior it tends to be almost frantic they’ll wait at the front door and sometimes whimper and cry they’ll run out they’re not selective they just start eating your Kentucky bluegrass your long grass like a cow and if you see that happen you know that after they consume a large amount of grass they’ll lick their lips because they’re nauseous and then, of course, they’ll vomit.
However, if your dog is exhibiting this symptom or this purging behavior by consuming a larger monographs on a really consistent basis you absolutely need to re-evaluate diet I would tell you hands-down that the food that you’re feeding which is really the only thing we put into our dogs on a daily basis.
something is wrong with the food that you’re feeding it may be a great quality food your dogs may have been on it for years had a great time and no issues previously but if your dog is vomiting on a really consistent basis several times a week or even weekly I’ll tell you that it’s not normal for any mammal healthy mammal to vomit on a consistent basis.
So if your dogs are vomiting up grass and food consistently you need to reevaluate diet which means I would recommend switch bran switch flavors switch protein sources above all if you’re capable of going from an entirely dead diet to an entirely living diet wonderful you may have to do it with the help of a veterinarian and you need to do it slowly.
if your dog’s been on one monotonous diet his whole life we don’t recommend you switch food slowly but get your dog’s off of dead over-processed in organic dryer kibble food get them on a living food diet and can help tremendously.
The other suggestion I’ll make to you is that you should consider adding probiotics and digestive enzymes to your dog’s food it’s important to recognize that probiotics help reseed and fortify the beneficial good bacteria in your dog’s gut and digestive enzymes really provide what the entrails are the guts of their prey species which we don’t feed to dogs.
it helps provides a rich source of amylase lipase and Proteus which can help your pets processed food successfully. So that’s one scenario the obsessive consumption of a large amount of grass in order to produce an episode of purging or vomiting.
Contrast that with the second scenario which is you let your dog out the back door your ducks having a great time running around and all of a sudden you see him on a mission he’s sniffing out and specifically seeking out tall broad grasses the tall grasses that typically grow.
let’s say along a fence line or up from sidewalk cracks but your dog is very selectively picking out certain grasses he identifies them he uses his front teeth and nibbles them and then consumes them he’s not frantic he’s doing it almost with intention and you see him select a few grasses and then go about his way that’s an entirely different scenario and that scenario number two which means your dogs are eating grass because they want to.
Now when we say that your pet your dogs like it and then they want to we absolutely know that dogs know what they need to consume and in fact biologists have told us that all candidates all dogs all wild dog’s wolves’ coyotes’ dingoes all consume grass and it’s a completely normal behavior
so it’s important to recognize that you don’t have to prevent your dog from eating grass unless you have treated grass or your grass has pesticides herbicides chemicals on it it’s obviously important that you don’t allow your dogs to consume toxins when they’re consuming those grasses.
But it’s also important to recognize that that the grasses that your dogs are seeking out probably contain some nutritional value that your dogs are seeking so we know that grass contains an abundant source of fiber or roughage that your dog may need we know obviously grass is a living green food so it contains phytonutrients and high in potassium also some chlorophyll grass is also a pretty good source of digestive enzymes in and of itself.
So your dog could be seeking out selectively grasses for one of those nutritional components that they’re currently not getting in their diet and letting your dog eat those foods in terms of grasses is absolutely fine as long as they’re untreated so the other thing I’ll tell you is some dogs that don’t have access to adequate food or that are just plain bored
if your dogs are chained outside or if you know dogs that are being underfed they will voluntarily consume some specific grasses but in the vast majority of cases for all of our well-loved and well fed and cared for animals our dogs will still selectively pick out certain grasses just for edible nutritional health benefits and there’s nothing wrong with letting dogs do that.