I’ve heard two versions of the grass story: dogs eat it because they like it, or because they don’t feel well.
What’s your take?
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The dogs I’ve had since I was a child have, at one time or another, eaten grass. I do think it is because they don’t feel well. If they liked it, wouldn’t they be eating it every chance they could?
Both! I, Banks, eat it because I need some tummy medicine. It makes me barf and then I feel much better! My little brother Sherlock just likes to pull it out of the ground. “Ya know there is wonderful dirt under this stuff,” he is always telling me. I myself don’t see the attraction.
Banks & Sherlock
Arooooooooo to that!
Nothing like sweet spring grass!
It IS that time of year!
I’ve only seen them eat it when not feeling well. But, a puppy may be just “tasting”. The Spring grass does have a sweet smell.
I’ve heard that if they just nibble, then it’s just for the taste, and if they scarf it down it’s to clean their system out.
Piper will sit down and nibble often, I’ve noticed.
I think dogs eat grass for a variety of reasons, not all related to them not feeling well. Over the years and many dogs, some of ours have eaten grass and thrown up, indicating that perhaps their stomachs were upset. (Maybe their stomachs were fine until they ate the grass!) At other times it seems it’s being eaten because it’s fresh, tender, and tasty (tasty to them, that is!). Whatever the reason, and unless they’re eating the whole lawn, it’s generally nothing to be worried about.
P.S. The way Winston is licking his lips seems to imply he thought it was tasty 😃.
You’re right! And he doesn’t throw up.
I think they just like a fresh green salad every now and then too
Barkley ate it when he wasn’t feeling good, usually followed by throwing up. Abby has shown zero interest.
I think that they smoke it to feel well.
I’ve never had one throw up after eating grass. I’ve owned12 heathens
Bonnie eats it in the morning when her tummy feels gassy, then she throws up. I guess it releives the pressure a bit.
My dog eats grass when she doesn’t feel well. But we now have a puppy in the house as well and she just follows along and eats it as well just to copy.
Mostly we don’t feel well and then we eat grass and “puke” it all up (in the house of course); that is when our Mom gets really annoyed; however sometimes it is necessary. So, basically always feel good and the grass won’t get eaten — Love- Humphrey & Cherry..