My dog eats grass, is this common? Do wild canines
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.