Why does a dog eat grass?
Many dogs eat grass. Sometimes because they are nauseous. Sometimes the reason for eating grass is unknown and it is probably a vice.
Eating grass is not harmful in itself. Long blades of grass, however, can remain half in the gut during pooping, after which the owner has to pull the blades of grass out of the dog. Sometimes dogs can get blockages through grass balls. Also in grass fields parasites can occur, which the dog with the grass gets food inside.
Dogs that pick grass and do not swallow it
These dogs probably exhibit this behavior out of playfulness or because they like to bite on something.
Train your dog with a toy. You prevent this from becoming a growing problem.
Dogs that regularly eat grass and do not vomit
There are the wildest stories about this group of dogs. They would fall short in the food, they would want to fill their stomach or they would just like it.
You can see if you can break the pattern.
For example by:
half an hour before going out to eat
to add (frozen) vegetables to the food
distract your dog as you walk past his favorite lawn.
Eating grass can also be a sign of nausea and abdominal pain. If your dog does not eat grass, other symptoms such as abdominal bubbling, smacking, swallowing, belching, flatulence, or diarrhea, then it is advisable to mention this to your vet.
Dogs that eat grass once and then surrender
Some dogs eat grass when they are nauseous and thus induce vomiting.
If it remains a one-off action, you do not need to take any measures.
Dogs who regularly eat grass and then surrender
If a dog is nauseous and the symptoms do not go away automatically, it is wise to carry out further research.
A veterinarian will start with a physical examination, possibly followed by a blood test and / or stool test for parasites. In some cases, the problem can be solved with a diet.
Another option is a visual inspection (endoscopy) of stomach and intestines. This research is intended to map precisely where the cause of the grass is to be found and to achieve the best possible effect with as few medicines as possible.