Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

There was a study done in 2008 that surveyed clients on if their dog ate grass or not. The results came back with about 80% of clients answering yes. Dr. Bobby Cawthron, the Lead Veterinarian at Aspen Grove, says that grass-eating is normal for dogs. In this video, he explains why they do it.

There are a few reasons why dogs eat grass:

Grass Tastes Good

Especially in the springtime, new grass is very attractive for dogs simply because it tastes good.


If your dog is eating grass out of boredom, you can make sure that your dog is getting plenty of exercise, playtime and mind stimulus.

Results from the 2008 study showed that there was no connection between eating grass and upset stomachs, but you’ll want to keep an eye out for regular GI issues.

Gastrointestinal issues may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of Appetite

Grass-eating wouldn’t be the main component of these issues, but it is likely a contributing factor.

If your dog is eating grass, don’t worry! This is very normal, and they do it because they want to. If you are noticing some stomach issues, please contact us to discuss them!

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