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My dog eats grass, is this common? Do wild canines eat grass?
It is a common assumption that dogs are not supposed to eat grass and that it is the sign of some sort of digestive issue or lack of nutrients. It is often a subject of great contention. Researching on the internet will net you many copies of the same text reciting the same long contested verbage. A good question to consider is whether or not wild canines partake in grass consumption. Wolf Biologist Dave Mech has noted that grass appears in 14-42% of all wolf scat found in North America and Eurasia. Grass and other flora material is so common in wild canine scat as to be deemed unremarkable. Some believe dogs eat it because it supplies some form of nutrition, others believe that it works as roughage and still others believe dogs eat grass simply because it tastes good. Many of these individuals believe it is not a sign of worms, upset stomach or nutritional deficiencies. If you believe your dog might have any of these issues, you'll want to see a vet.
I am not, nor do I claim to be a canine nutritionist, if you believe there is something wrong with your dog, take your dog to your vet and have him/her examined. It's always best to be safe rather than sorry.
It is not suggested that you allow your dog to eat long grasses, because a danger with those is that they could ball up in the digestive tract and cause a blockage.
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