It’s a Saturday afternoon, you’re firing up the grill for friends and family when you look over to see your dog in the middle of the yard eating grass. Eating grass is something you see a cow or goat doing, but not your pooch. You think, “he just ate, he can’t be hungry. Or maybe he doesn’t feel well.” Believe it or not, Pica, which is the technical term for “eating things that are not categorized as food” is quite common and doesn’t always mean a serious problem with your dog.
There is a speculation that dogs eat grass because they feel sick in their stomach and it is a way to make themselves vomit. There is no real science behind this and actually less than 10% of dogs that eat grass have any signs of being ill before they began to eat the grass.
Some dogs are just B.O.R.E.D. Bored!
However, the biggest reason dogs eat grass is due to nutritional necessity. If you see your dog going to town munching on grass it may be a sign they are not getting enough minerals, natural herbs and vegetables in their weekly diet.
Grass isn't bad for your pooch but you may want to find some alternatives to add to their diet like Green Tripe, Zukes Super Green or even Kitty Grass, yep kitty grass which includes barley, oat, and rye, is good for dogs too.
Barley grass is from the barley plant. It is the earliest grown sweet grass in the entire world and dates back to 5000 BC. It’s considered by many as natures “fast-food”. Barley grass has an abundance of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus along with power antioxidants and amino acids. Some of the nutritional value found in barley grass are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Stop by the market and ask about our pet greens and grass alternatives.
Note: if you feel your pet is sick please contact your vet for assistance.