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Eating Grass

Most pets will, at some time, eat grass. Most of the time it’s harmless. You should always pay attention to what your pet eats. Click here to read more about what’s happening when your pet eats grass.

WHY DO THEY EAT GRASS

Behavioral Drives | It may be that the behavior feels good or there is some other behavioral reason. But a medical issue, such as a neurologic disease, can cause pica, so it shouldn’t be completely written off without discussing with your vet. (Pica is a word used to describe eating things that do not serve a biologic or nutritional purpose.)

Nutritional cravings | Even though a dog or cat may be eating a nutritionally complete diet, that doesn’t mean that cravings for certain things (such as grass) don’t occur.

Idiopathic causes | Idiopathic means simply that the veterinarian doesn’t know the exact cause. But you should continue to watch the situation.

WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME?

Watch your pets to gain more information about the grass eating. If they eat small amounts, occasionally, there may not be a need to rush to the veterinarian. Ask yourself a couple questions:

Does my pet eat grass voraciously?
Does he vomit or feel sick afterward?
Is there pattern? For example, does it also happen on days when he doesn’t eat all of his food?

If you answer no to the first two, there’s probably no need to raise the issue with your veterinarian. If the answer to either is yes, it’s worth paying attention to the third question. Armed with this information, owners can then present their findings to their veterinarians.

WHAT WILL THE VETERINARIAN DO?

Our veterinarian will begin looking for a medical condition at work in the grass consumption. The goal is to figure out if it is a sign of a minor ailment, a more serious disease, or nothing more than normal albeit slightly eccentric behavior. Test may include some less evasive tests such as; fecal exams, blood work, and urinalysis. Further, more complated tests may be needed. Such as:x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans and biopsies.

Not every grass-eating pet has a serious medical problem, though. For many pets who want to sample the lawn, the prescription may be to let them go right ahead. Just make sure the grass is not treated with any chemicals that could be harmful if your pet eats them.

And as always, please call us if you have questions or concerns about your pet’s behavior or diet!

Our resources and articles originate from other sources such as VetStreet and PetMD, and are meant for general pet care information. Please contact our office directly for specific questions concerning your pets or any other animals you may come into contact with.

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