Your dog might be a canine fan and it might be difficult to tell if something is wrong with his health. If you ever find him eating grass, your dog has a problem.
Now eating grass isn’t entirely unhealthy, it makes up for a certain amount of nutritional value. But if this hobby turns into a habit, there’s a serious problem.
Your dog might have Pica. And these are some signs observed in dogs diagnosed with Pica.
Eating grass is a form of self-medication, and that it fulfils a dog’s personal need for nutrition. If they’re facing anxiety, they turn to grass for relief. And it isn’t entirely unhealthy, less than 25% of dogs vomit post eating grass. They’re usually ill before the begin doing the same.
A lot of times they have the backyard to themselves. If there’s nothing interesting to pass their time while they wait for you to return home, they resort to eating grass. This usually happens when they don’t have enough of mental and physical exercise going on. And the easiest way to stop this is to get them a fancy little chew toy they’ll love!
This is one of the rarest cases, but 1 out of 50 dogs chew grass because of their obsessive- compulsive disorder. As a result of which, they’re fixated on chewing grass.
Another common theory is that dogs eat indigestible matter if they are excessively hungry or if their nutrition is poor. If you are preparing homemade food, you must be sure to consult a professional. They make sure the nutritional balance in the meals is balanced, so as to avoid your dog from starving and eating grass for food.
So if your doggie does have a certain inclination towards eating grass, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But watch out so it doesn’t turn into their habit! After all, we all want our best friends to be healthy.