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MY DOG EATS GRASS - why?




Merlin loves grass, does your dog love it too?


Dogs eating grass can have various reasons, and it doesn't necessarily indicate a problem. Here are some possible explanations:



Natural Behaviour: Dogs are omnivores, and in the wild, they would consume a variety of plant matter along with their meat. Eating grass may simply be a natural behaviour for them.



Digestive Aid: Some dogs eat grass to induce vomiting if they have an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. The grass may help them clear out any indigestible material or irritants from their stomach. Also adds fibre to their diet.



Nutritional Deficiency: Sometimes, dogs may eat grass if they have a nutritional deficiency. They may be seeking certain vitamins or minerals that they're lacking in their diet. You can energy test to see if there is a specific deficiency.


Nutritional aspects of grass include:


Carbohydrates: primarily in the form of sugars and cellulose. These carbohydrates provide energy.



Protein: Grass contains varying amounts of protein, which is essential for building and repairing tissues in animals that consume it.



Vitamins: Grass can contain vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and various B vitamins. These vitamins play important roles in various bodily functions including vision, immune function, and energy metabolism.



Minerals: Grass can also provide minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which are important for bone health, muscle function, and overall cellular function.



Chlorophyll: Grass is rich in chlorophyll, the green pigment responsible for photosynthesis. Chlorophyll has antioxidant properties and may have various health benefits for animals that consume it.



Boredom or Anxiety: Just like humans, dogs can sometimes engage in unusual behaviours out of boredom or anxiety. Eating grass might be a way for them to alleviate stress or occupy themselves.



Instinctual Behaviour: There's also the possibility that eating grass is simply an instinctual behaviour that dogs haven't entirely lost, even in domestication.


So occasional grass eating is nothing to worry about, if it becomes a regular habit then I invite you to look to any of the above.



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