So why do dogs eat grass? It's a question that every pet owner has probably wondered to themselves at some point. Well, the easiest answer to this is that they always have, and they always will.
However, it’s only really a problem if they do it to excess, to ‘graze’ like sheep, as some of my owners describe it.
Why dogs eat excessive grass is a good question to which there are few concrete answers. My observations would be that dogs who graze almost always have some digestive issues and likely discomfort; I use it as a sign that I need to fix their diet or their gut or both.
The first move for most dogs, after checking the dog is otherwise well with your vet, is to find a raw diet that suits them.
This simple move can on its own settle the gut and stop the excess grass munching.
If you’ve tried all this diligently and the dog is still eating loads of grass, then they may be doing it just because they like it.
I hope this answers the question for some of you about why do dogs eat grass.
It also might be worth checking you do have a dog, not a sheep, though?
Nick Thompson qualified from Edinburgh University in 1992 with an Honours degree in Pathological Sciences and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
In 1999 he established Holistic Vet Ltd, his own practice, offering homeopathy, acupuncture and nutritional consultancy for horses and small animals. The practice is based in Bath, but Nick continues to work throughout the UK, Europe, and the Channel Islands, with clients also in Zimbabwe, Malta, the U.S and Korea.
He also holds surgeries at the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre in London. He is currently on the lecturing staff at Southampton University, teaching homeopathy and acupuncture in the treatment of behavioral problems at the School of Psychology.
Nick writes regularly for Horse magazine and Dogs Today magazine. He has lectured on his specialist subjects throughout the UK and for the Faculty of Homeopathy in Portugal. He has a specialist interest in chronic disease in his chosen species, treating with homeopathy, herbs, acupuncture, and natural nutrition.
If you are interested in finding out more about Nick Thompson and his Holistic Vet practice find out more on his website.