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Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:09 PM

Why do dogs eat grass?


Although grazing on the green stuff can make some dogs sick, this might actually have some health advantages.

1st March 2018



Asked by: Pearl Goodwin, Lewes


A 2008 study found that 68 per cent of dogs regularly eat grass but only 22 per cent of them are sick afterwards, so it doesn’t seem to be because the dog is ill. Wolves also eat grass, and it may be that this helps to purge their intestines of parasites. Dogs may have inherited this ancestral behaviour even though most pets are regularly wormed.

http://www.sciencefocus.com/article/nature/why-do-dogs-eat-grass

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Reply Why do dogs eat grass? (Original post)
Judi Lynn Feb 2018 OP
Skittles Feb 2018 #1
Bradshaw3 Feb 2018 #2
TomSlick Feb 2018 #3
NBachers Feb 2018 #4
DBoon Feb 2018 #5
dweller Mar 2018 #7
mahina Mar 2018 #8
NBachers Mar 2018 #9
BigmanPigman Mar 2018 #6
meow2u3 Mar 2018 #10

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:11 PM

1. cats do that too

it's nasty

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:28 PM

2. Mine does it when he's not feeling well

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:30 PM

3. I appreciate my observations are hardly scientific but

I've been around dogs all my life. I've never seen a dog eat grass that it wasn't promptly vomited back up. I assumption has always been that the dog was sick to its stomach and was eating grass as an emetic.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:36 PM

4. Next question: Why do dogs love to roll around in slimy dead decayed animals?

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Response to NBachers (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 28, 2018, 11:40 PM

5. or for city dogs

why do they like to roll on lawns that have just had fresh manure applied?

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Response to NBachers (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 01:04 AM

7. masking their scent?



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Response to NBachers (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 01:47 AM

8. To prove they are so mighty of course.

Our Beau preferred dead rats. Not so beau.

I'm going to go eat some grass...


k better now. Onward.

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Response to mahina (Reply #8)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 02:23 AM

9. Yeah, I guess they want to: 1. Leave their scent on the body to claim their "kill"

and, 2. spread the odor of their "kill" far and wide by saturating themselves with it so others can know their legendary killing status. "Hey, dudes and mates, check out what I did! In yo' face, suckas! Yeah, I smell like stuff I killed all the time." Maybe the smellier "dead things" one in the pack is the one with the most status.

And, maybe, masking their own scent figures in, but the utter abandon they avail themselves to in getting the smell all over themselves (not to mention the slimy particulate) seems to indicate that they want to acquire something, not lose something.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 1, 2018, 12:48 AM

6. I always thought that they needed the chlorophyll.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 10:48 AM

10. I think grass is a good source of fiber

Otherwise, doggie might become constipated.

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