My dog likes to eat weird stuff. Paper is a particular favorite, so we have to be careful not to leave paper around because it will get eaten. Technically, this is called “pica,” which is eating things that aren’t food, and most dogs engage in this behavior.
Although grass isn’t a particular favorite of my pup, many dogs do like to chomp on it from time to time.
Your dog may be attracted to grass for a few reasons, and it’s not inherently dangerous unless you treat your lawn with chemicals.
One reason they might munch on your lawn is that they have an upset tummy. Grass is a purgative, which means it makes them throw up. If their stomach is feeling upset, they might want to get whatever’s bothering them out of their system ASAP, and grass is one way to do that.
Some also suspect dogs eat grass because they’re technically omnivores. They might want to occasionally add some plant material to their diet, and that’s one way to do it.
Surprisingly little research has been done on why dogs eat grass. It could be dietary, or it could be due to boredom or stress, depending on the situation.
But… should you worry?
For the most part, if your dog’s eating grass, she’s probably fine. If you notice that your pup is eating a lot more grass than usual, though, you may want to take her to the vet just to be on the safe side.
If you notice other signs your dog isn’t feeling well, then you definitely should visit your vet.