Have you ever wondered why your dog will go outside and take a big chomp of your lawn, for no apparent reason? Sometimes he may have just had breakfast, sometimes just woke up from a nap… there’s really no set time for when dogs eat grass. But why grass? Dogs are omnivores, but they aren’t your typical grazer. What drives a dog to eat grass in the first place?

Our Theories On Why Dogs Eat Grass…

Nausea/Stomach Upset

There have been many theories, but veterinarians seem to support the idea that dogs often eat grass due to gastrointestinal upset. Typically by gulping down large clumps of grass, the digestive system lining gets irritated by the blades and causes the dog to vomit. Nobody likes throwing up, but I think we can all admit it usually does make us feel a little better. Dogs that eat grass to cure their nausea generally have a sort of gastric reflux or inflammatory condition. It doesn’t seem to cause any more trouble than the vomiting, and since our dogs seem to be doing it to help themselves, there’s really no reason to stop the behavior.