Why do dogs eat grass? According to our vet, this is one of the most common questions asked by dog owners. It also seems to be a very common question on the internet. There is no real answer, just speculation. Some theories point to the scavenging heritage, the lack of nutrients theory, other suggest that dogs use the fiber in grass as filler and roughage, or even for its medicinal purposes to treat an upset stomach.
Rocco is a self-appointed grass connoisseur. Part of it is definitely the scavenging instinct. On our walks, he likes to “smell the flowers” and taste different grasses. When he has an upset stomach he makes do with almost any grass, but when he’s just in a mood for a side of “greens”, he goes looking for his favourite type and always makes sure the blades are fresh and juicy.
I didn’t have an issue with his grass-eating habit, until he was diagnosed epilepsy and the vet made it clear that we have to eliminate as many toxins from his environment as possible. Not knowing if the grasses he eats are sprayed with pesticides we decided it’s best if we put a stop to his grazing.But I felt bad, since we would be depriving him of something he obviously craves and quite possibly needs.
As an alternative we are supplementing his diet with canned tripe and dried tripe treats (both have a HORRENDOUS smell to them). We’ve also been recommended, by our trainer, to add Organic Wheat Grass Powder to his diet.
I usually put a spoonful in his bowl after each meal and let him decide if he wants to eat it or not. It took some time for him to get used to the powder, but now he just licks it off the plate. Since we started using it, he doesn’t show any interest in grass.