Q: Way too much grass?

May 22, 2011 | By S C. | 2 answers | Expired: 1713 days ago

S C.

I'm concerned that my 12wk. old puppy is eating too much grass. I know that it is normal for dog to eat grass when their tummy is upset but I think mine is out of control. He's been doing this since we brought him home. Every time we let him out he will take several big chunks of grass out of the ground and eat them. He will do this until we bring him in. Is there anything we can do to deter this and is this a sign that there is something wrong with him?

Readers' Answers (2)

May 23, 2011

Grass eating is normal behavior for dogs, especially puppies. The biggest thing to worry about is to be sure there are no herbicides or pesticides on your lawn. If your puppy isn't throwing up after eating grass there's no reason to be concerned. If he is throwing up, he may be eating it because his tummy is upset. Thousands of years ago dogs ate fresh prey which was usually herbivores. So they've never been obligate carnivores, their diets always had a lot of grass and other vegetation in it from the prey they ate. Some dogs most often eat grass because they like they way it tastes, feels, and smells. It's like an all you can eat salad bar full of greens. Grass can help the digestion.

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May 25, 2011

I agree with nonglassmenagerie. I wouldn't worry about it unless your dog is throwing up after eating the grass. One of my dogs grazes the entire time she's in the yard. It has never concerned my vet & she's perfectly healthy.

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