It can be quite concerning to see our dogs chowing down vigorously on a patch of grass, acting as if we rarely feed them at all. Owners worry not only about the effect the grass itself may have on the dog but also about the possibility of parasites such as intestinal worms and lungworm and toxins such as weed-killer and lawn feed. It is also possible for a grass blade to lodge in the throat, causing discomfort and local infection.
So, why do dogs eat grass? Well, there are various theories and no real consensus as of yet.
The true reason is likely a combination of all of the above and, for most, grass-eating is an occasional hobby that doesn’t cause any problems. It is important to ensure the grass has not been recently treated with any toxic products and that dogs are up to date with their parasite prevention.
If grass eating becomes excessive or is accompanied with other signs such as refusal to eat, chronic vomiting or weight loss we would need to look into things as there may be a gastrointestinal problem.
If your dog does have a sensitive stomach and you feel a change in food is worth a try, we recommend feeding balanced and nutritious dog food such as sensitive stomach dog food. All products within this range are carefully selected to be easier on your dog's gut. Why not give it a try?