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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?


At Coyote Ridge Veterinary Clinic we hear this question a lot, "Why does my dog eat grass?" The short answer is we don't know, dogs eat grass for all sorts of reasons. We will discuss a few reasons and ways your veterinarian may be able to help. Common causes of grass eating include upset stomach, nausea, dietary indiscretion and habit.

Grass eating has often been related to a dog being sick and wanting to make themselves vomit. We have certainly seen this be the case and it's important if this happens to discuss it with your veterinarian. The more important question is what is making their stomach upset or why are they nauseous? If we can get to the root of the problem then we can hopefully prevent it in the future.

I know my own 12 year old Labrador Retriever eats grass each Spring because he likes the taste, he told me! He's always eaten grass and rarely vomits because of it. When I see cases like this it is difficult to come up with one solution to fix it. Sometimes we try to get them to stop eating grass through medications, prescription diets or environmental modifications. At Coyote Ridge Veterinary Clinic, we will take a holistic approach to treating your dog and their grass eating. We service the Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and surrounding areas. Call us at 970-663-7387 or book online today.

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