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Dog eating grass?

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lately my 11 month old lab has been eating grass. I've heard a couple differant opinions on this and was seening if you guys could clear this up for me. Is it something to be concerned about or is this natural. I've heard stomach ache to worms to its normal. I've seen alot of dogs do this but would like some sound answers.

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all dogs will eat grass from time to time. Usually have an upset stomach for whatever reason. Vet says grass may act as a bit of a laxative for them.

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My dogs throw up after eating grass, so I correct them since

I don't want to clean the mess in the house. I was told it

wasn't good for them, not the laxitive part.

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Wolves and foxes and coyotes do it also. Eat some grass, barf it up.

I'm sure there is a good scientific explanation, but I have always looked at this as a normal even if slightly disgusting behavior.

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I have heard it is because they are constipated. Any truth to that?

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I haven't heard of the constipated angle but could be. I've always been told it is an ancestor thing of eating all that they catch including the plants and grasses their catch ate. My dogs will find the tall grass and eat it they have vomited before but not that often. Would still rather clean that up then hairballs. laugh.gif

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My 5 month old lab eats grass all the time and I can tell you she is not constipated!! Go out to feed her in the morning and there will be a spot in her kennel that she threw up some grass over the course of the night. I too agree that it's normal and as long as there is no blood or obvious signs of sickness, so be it.

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Thanks for the responses. I just wanted to make sure this wasn't something I should over look.

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Every answer any person may give you is speculation. Diuretic, nutritional deficiency, etc. My guess:

It's fresh and tasty!

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My dog grazes just about every time he's outside and I have never seen him toss it... I've been tempted to rent him out to keep the pasture grass short grin.gif

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I'm with you marineman my lab cant seem to stop eating it and i've never seen her loose it

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I had an oldtimer tell me that when a "dog eats grass its gonna rain" and to be honest 9 out of 10 it seems to be true confused.gif

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If that is completely true, then my Brit pup has predicted rain almost every day this month grin.giflaugh.giftongue.gif

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