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Dogs do not have the means to digest grass, as they lack the enzymes needed to break down the fibres.
On occasion, I have seen dogs lick at the air, often showing swallowing behaviour, then rush out to the great outdoors to seek out a thick patch of the green stuff and furiously chomp and chomp until the urge abates. Some dogs can also develop a form of stereotypy behaviour (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and become fixated on grass chewing, but this is relatively rare.
For those with a scientific bent, an additional theory related to the grasseating behaviour of our four legged companions has to do with their evolutionary past. Another common theory is that dogs will eat indigestible matter if they are excessively hungry or if their nutrition is poor, so this must always be a consideration. Dogs are more omnivorous than cats, and many would also like to eat far more than they're fed. I have a two year old female boxer who has enjoyed eating grass (particularly crabgrass) since she was around a year old. The real reason why dogs eat grass is because like humans they need vitamin B17, otherwise known as Laetrile. Hi there, just on the subject of dogs eating grass, I have noticed them eat more grass of a young soft nature when with worms, and this grass goes strait through without digestion, I also noticed that during malting they eat coarse and young soft grass and there vomit contains course grass wrapped in hair and a couple of days later fesses contains the softer grass also with hair wrapped around it, as hair is non digestible, this could be an answer, they eat way less grass when not molting like winter time around 25 deg Celsius and more when its hot.
Take dogs, for instance, who tend to trample over the same patch of grass until it’s muddy and worn.
One important thing to note: Avoid cocoa bean mulch, which can be toxic and even deadly to some dogs, and wood mulch, which contains lots of twigs that can puncture your pet’s mouth, she adds. Where you see beautiful flowers and green grass, your pet is probably scouting out places to pee. If you know you will be sharing your backyard with a cat or dog, choose grass, plants and flowers that are safe for pets.


Planting and maintaining your lawn can quickly become a lost cause if you have dogs that frequently play and eliminate in the areas you've planted. Once you've sown the seeds for planting, cover them with 1 inch of mulch or a moderate layer of straw to help maintain the needed moisture and provide a little protection for the seed from your dog's paws.
Few grass-eaters are likely to have ever suffered an exploratory laparoscopy to surgically look into the contents of an abdomen and biopsy the gastrointestinal tract, but severe symptoms could theoretically lead a veterinarian to decide this is the best approach. For ancestral dogs to have survived successfully, they would have needed good hunting abilities in order to feed and nourish their young and survive as a pack.
Certain grasses and grains that people eat in the poorest of countries contain this vitamin and when doctors did a study they found that there was NO history of cancer in these groups of third world people. That said, if you designate a specific space for your dogs to relieve themselves—and train them to go there—you’ll save yourself lots of stress. Myers suggests turf grasses in durable or play-friendly mixes sold at local garden centers. New grass needs a window of time free of damaging factors such as playful pups running around on it.
While the grass is sprouting, take your dog out on a leash or provide him with a tie-out that will keep him away from the germinating grass or new sod.
On following these dogs endoscopically, they often have an inflammatory condition in their stomachs or redness around the lower esophagus, which can indicate gastric reflux or inflammatory bowel disease. These dogs seem to enjoy their habit and do not suffer any of the previously-reported repercussions, such as vomiting. Grass eating may have evolved to help conceal their scent from their prey in the same way that rolling in foul offal is sometimes thought to. Many of the ornamental and native grasses—maiden grass (miscanthus sinensis), muhly grass, switchgrass, and sand cordgrass—could work, she says.


However, if you have dogs, seeding can pose problems, as you need to keep your pooches off of the young tender grass for a period of time. Just make sure the grass is not treated with any chemicals that could be harmful if your pet eats them. The situation can be troubling for the owner as the dog is often quite restless before getting out to graze.
Sod, on the other hand, is slightly more hardy against foot traffic, although you and your dogs should avoid the new sod for the first 4 to 6 weeks.
I can say that I've seen grass chewers on occasion get a good nasal cleanse, as the thick blade of grass occasionally gets on the wrong track and scurries out an unsuspecting nasal passage. Planting from seed should always be done in the spring or fall, waiting until the danger of frost has passed in the spring and you allow enough time for the roots to develop before cold temperatures hit in the fall.
Even though you don't see your dog eating the fertilizer off the ground, it may get stuck on his paws or fur and ingested during cleaning. In general, warm-season species should be planted in spring and cool-season grasses should be planted in fall. But this is real, and I urge anyone to do unbiased research on this subject because it can save lives, even your dogs.



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