Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Posted: February 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

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It’s the most commonly asked question about dogs in google search database. 

So why do dogs eat grass? There are two things we can say for sure. 

  1. We can’t be 100% sure why. 
  2. There are almost as many reasons as there are dogs. 

With that out of the way, most likely reason is to raise a little bile to aid in digestion. The nausea-inducing properties of grass are well-documented. Just eat a handful yourself if you don’t buy this logic. 

The other theories are:

  • The vitamin and mineral theory: As in, they’re not getting enough, therefore they consume grass.
  • The roughage theory: Because dogs need some cellulose in small quantities to aid in bacterial digestion (sort of like a prebiotic), they sometimes consume the green stuff by way of reestablishing bacterial homeostasis.
  • The angry tummy theory: If you had some excess gastric acid, maybe a little esophageal reflux and no prehensile thumbs with which to grab a bottle of Tums or a little Pepcid AC, you might just eat grass, too.
  • The hungry dog theory: Some dogs just like it. Period. We all know a few who doubtless do.

What do you think?

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