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My Tummy Hurts So I Eat Grass

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass

Has your dog ever eaten grass on a walk and you wondered why? Sometimes they may just like it but other times it can be a sign that your dog is having a tummy issue. Whenever my dog has an urge to eat grass I know that her tummy is upset. Most of the time her grass munching is accompanied by gurgles and growling from her stomach loud enough for me to hear and I know that her tummy is upset. This is my experience, but it may not be the reason your dog is eating grass.

Some researchers have speculated on the reasons a dog might eat grass, but there is no definitive answer. For my dog, it seems to be related to an upset tummy. But in your dog it may be a dietary response if they have a need for more fiber. They may have a vitamin deficiency or perhaps it is just a part of their natural instincts. If there stomach is empty in the morning, it could make their tummy upset and eating grass may be soothing. But there could also be a medical issue causing them discomfort and eating grass like a virus, infection, acid reflux, or colitis (an inflammation of the intestines or colon). Whatever the reason, it is important not to ignore your dog’s grass eating.

Always check with your veterinarian to be sure that eating grass is not caused by an underlying medical problem especially if the behavior lasts more than a few days.

What Can You Do if Your Dog is Eating Grass?

  • Always check with your veterinarian to see if there may be a medical issue causing your dog to eat grass.

  • Make sure your dog is being fed a well-balanced diet with proper nutrients and vitamins.

  • Add a probiotic to their food daily. I use Pro Plan’s FortiFlora which helps maintain a healthy digestive system. It works very well for my doggie.

  • Feed smaller meals throughout the day.

  • Give your dog a snack before bedtime so they don’t wake up with an empty stomach.

Always remember if your dog is eating grass, be careful that the grass they are eating has not been treated with chemicals, fertilizers or other toxic chemicals.

And always sure to check with your vet if there grass eating lasts more than a few days.

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