My Dogs Eat Grass And Poop: Is There Something Wrong With Them?
If you are a new dog owner then you may be alarmed sometimes by the things you see your dog eating. Does your dog eat grass sometimes? Have you seen your dog eating poop? You may be worried that your dog is sick or that he may make himself sick by eating these things. Is there something wrong with your dog? We’ll try to answer your questions.
1. Why Dog Eat Grass? It is not unusual for dogs to eat grass.
Many dogs eat grass because they seem to like it. It is not something you should worry about. Some dogs do eat grass when they have a minor upset stomach. Your dog can’t reach for Tums. If he eats something that disagrees with him, if he has a gassy stomach, or if he feels like he needs to vomit, he may have a desire to eat some grass. The grass may contain the right nutrients to make him feel better. Or, the grass may tickle his throat and help him regurgitate something he ate that he wants to toss up. Whatever the case, eating grass seems to be an instinct with dogs to help them feel better. So, eating grass is medicinal in nature for many dogs. Most of the time, after a dog eats a little grass and vomits something, he will feel better, and that’s the end of the grass eating. Unless you have a dog that simply likes to sample grass.
Grass won’t hurt your dog unless it has been treated with fertilizers or lawn chemicals. Try to keep your dog off lawns that have been treated with those chemicals. If your dog likes to eat grass you should take him places where he can enjoy some clean grass. Your dog may also enjoy fields and pastures, but try to steer him away from places where livestock have been grazing since he could pick up parasites from their droppings.
2. Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?
Yes, it’s true that some dogs do eat poop, either their own, other dogs’ poop, or even the poop of other animals. No, it is not good for them. This habit is called cophragia and it is considered a dog behavior problem. There are a number of possible reasons why dogs may do this:
- lack of certain nutrients in the diet
- for attention
Basically, dogs do it for the same reasons dogs do anything. They try it and they like it. Just like they bark and keep barking, or they start digging and they keep digging. It’s a bad habit. Some puppies may start eating poop in the whelping box and they keep on doing it when they get older. But it can start at any age if a dog decides to taste poop and likes it.
You can stop try to stop poop eating several ways. First, you should keep your yard scrupulously picked up. Pick up after your dog each time he potties so there is nothing for him to eat. And pick up after any other dogs in the yard immediately. Second, make sure that your dog is eating a food that is nutritionally balanced for all his needs. Third, make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise. Bored dogs are more likely to have behavior problems such as this one.
Finally, there are some additives that you can put in your dog’s food (and his housemates’ food) to make the poop taste even worse and discourage him from wanting to eat the poop. There is a product called Forbid that many people use. Others suggest putting meat tenderizer in the food to make it taste unappealing. Others suggest adding pineapple to the dog’s food.
Being a dog owner can be challenging. It’s not always easy to know what a dog should and shouldn’t eat. Remember that grass is okay and sometimes healthy for a dog, while it’s not good for a dog to eat poop.