On a recent socially-distant park hang out, a friend with a beagle-mix puppy surveyed the group. “Why does Dottie keep eating grass?” she asked. It’s a good question, especially since many dog owners spoil their pups with human grade meal plans. Why chow down on someone’s lawn when you just had lamb? Another friend whose basset hound-dachshund mix has been eating grass for years surmised he does it to get rid of tummy aches by inducing vomiting. Sounds counter-intuitive. So, why do dogs eat grass, then?
Every dog’s motivation will be different, but the reasoning behind eating grass usually boils down to one of three scenarios: