Wondering why your dog eats grass? Experts aren’t exactly sure, but there are plenty of theories. Some include…
- dogs rate grass to make themselves vomit if they’re not feeling well
- dogs simply like the taste of grass
- dogs are hungry so eat what’s handy: grass
- dogs eat grass when they’re bored
- dogs eat grass if they’re tired of same-flavour-and-texture every day, commerical food
Any and all of these theories are possible – it depends on the dog and the circumstances. Some dogs seem to gulp down grass when they’re not feeling well, and sure enough they will vomit shortly after. But that’s probably coincidental, since grass doesn’t CAUSE the vomiting, Veterinarians say.
Other dogs eat grass and ARE NOT sick. They just like it!
And since dogs are natural scavengers, they’ll eat what they find if they’re hungry or even just bored.
One thing for sure: it’s normal and it can’t hurt
Many dogs eat grass and it’s normal behaviour. It can’t hurt them at all – unless the grass has just been fertilized or if pesticides have been applied recently.
So if your Morkie likes eating grass, be sure to use natural treatments on your lawn, or grow a special patch or pot of ‘all natural’ grass. Be careful and don’t let your Morkie chow down in public areas since you don’t know how that grass has been treated.
Amazon has a dog and cat wheatgrass growing kit for pets – the results are pure and tasty!
Replacing grass with herbal remedies
Dog expert Cesar Millan recommends adding some natural herbs to your dog’s diet if he’s eating a lot of grass. These can include grated, fresh Ginger root to settle an upset stomach; Milk Thistle to protect liver functions; or organic Aloe Vera juice as an overall kind of tonic that will also fight against gas, constipation and infections (maximum 1 oz per 10 pounds of body weight daily). Natural Aloe Vera gel, found in the leaves, can be applied directly onto the skin to treat burns, scrapes and minor skin irritation.
The ASPCA site warns however, that ingesting Aloe Vera gel or the plant itself can have negative effects on dogs, such as vomiting and diarrhoea. The juice of Aloe Vera liquid, in very small quantities on the other hand, can be quite beneficial.