Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
Many dog owners wonder why their dog is eating grass. Eating grass in and of itself is not a sign of anything, as many dogs like the taste and enjoy a little vegetation to munch on. While it is common for dogs to eat grass, the reasons for dogs eating grass can differ between healthy and sick dogs. After years of working alongside veterinarians at VCA hospitals, Pet Nutritionist Susan Davis has valuable insight on when grass eating is harmless, and when to be concerned. Based on years of research, she has developed a holistic treatment plan for helping dogs who are eating grass due to an underlying condition.
Reasons Why Your Dog May Be Eating Grass
Signs Your Dog is Eating Grass Because of an Underlying Condition
To better understand why your dog is eating grass, ask yourself the following questions:
Some grazing on grass is natural for a dog, but when they are eating grass frantically this can be a sign of acid stomach or digestive problems. Many times dogs eat grass as a way to make themselves vomit too. If you notice your dog eating grass frequently or eating a lot of grass, then it's important to watch for other signs of digestive problems. Many pet owners don't realize that their pets may be in pain from acid stomach.
Restoring the gut flora that leads to a healthy digestive tract is key to relieving your pet’s painful symptoms. Using gentle yet effective all natural supplements can help your dog and eventually stop them from eating grass. We’ve broken down the signs of acid stomach and acid reflux in dogs and what you can do to provide relief for your pet.
Is Your Dog Eating Grass and Then Vomiting Yellow Bile or White Foam?Dogs eating grass and then vomiting is different than just occasionally nibbling. You may notice your dog eating grass frantically and wonder, ‘Why is my dog eating grass all of a sudden?’ You are the best judge of your dog and its behavior. However, much of the time when dogs are eating grass frequently, it is due to painful acid reflux or an upset stomach. Pet owners may not realize their dog is experiencing discomfort. For more information on acid stomach home remedies, click here.
“My 9 year old Welsh Springer Spaniel mix, Max, didn't have much of an appetite and would frequently vomit. He would often rush out to eat grass and then vomit afterwards. I was worried because he was thin and seemed so uncomfortable. I followed the Ask Ariel program and changed his diet while using supplements such as Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic. l really wasn't expecting much because I had made prior changes before that hadn’t worked. Within just a few days, Max improved. He no longer was interested in eating grass and his vomiting stopped. Max is now at a healthy weight and it is so nice to see him so happy to see his meals.”
Stomach Acid and Acid Reflux in Dogs
Common symptoms of acid reflux in dogs may include the following:
What To Do When Your Dog Vomits Yellow Bile After Eating GrassSome dogs eat grass and vomit yellow bile and foam. Bile is acidic and can irritate the stomach. It appears as a yellowish foamy substance. Bile is produced by the liver and is squirted into the intestines to help with digestion of fats and protein. Bile can end up in the stomach, causing irritation, especially if a pet has an empty stomach.
If your dog eats grass and then vomits yellow bile afterward regularly, please take your dog to the veterinarian for a diagnosis. Finding the root cause of why your dog is eating grass and vomiting yellow bile can bring your pet fast relief.
Try to look for the signs to understand the reasons behind your dog's grass eating. Vomiting grass and bile regularly, are clear signs that something else may be going on. If you notice your dog has rumbling tummy noises after eating grass or after eating meals, loose stool, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, bad breath or other signs of digestive discomfort, it is important to bring this to the attention of your veterinarian. Basic laboratory tests for your dog (e.g., blood panel and urine analysis) will provide valuable information, as acid stomach can be a symptom of a more serious health condition such as kidney or liver disease, seizure activity or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in your dog.
How Do I Stop My Dog From Eating Grass?
If your dog is eating grass frequently, vomiting after, and has acid stomach, using Gastro ULC and Power Probiotic is essential. These all-natural products contain ingredients that promote friendly flora that support a healthy digestive tract. H. pylori and other bacteria may be overgrowing in your dog's stomach, and using Gastro-ULC and Power Probiotic are proven to help. This is especially important if your dog is vomiting, as the irritation that occurs from frequent vomiting also causes pain and discomfort. Many dogs get acid stomach from poor digestion, and so adding a digestive enzyme such as Soothing Digestive Relief will relieve the heartburn and tummy rumbling that pets also experience.
Our all-natural digestive supplements can help give your dog relief from acid stomach. When used together, they provide complete digestive support. Power Probiotic is essential in helping to maintain the balance of good bacteria in your dog's tummy. Gastro ULC can help to relieve vomiting and inappetence caused by acid stomach. Soothing Digestive Relief can naturally calm indigestion, tummy rumbling and intestinal pain related to acid stomach. K9 Digestive Enzymes help to break down foods and optimize digestion to keep acid reflux and upset tummies at bay.
Power Probiotic - Recommended by veterinarians, Power Probiotic is a multi-strain probiotic, backed by research and proven to help your dog's digestive symptoms. It’s pure, safe, natural and third-party tested, and it has absolutely no fillers! One reason dogs eat grass is because they have an upset stomach, so using Power Probiotic will help soothe their tummies and restore a normal balance of flora, making digestion easier. It’s also easy to administer; this tasteless powder can be opened and mixed into food. It’s safe for puppies and is especially important to use if your pet has been on antibiotics or steroids or treated for parasites/worms, as these medications can upset the normal balance of flora and your dog's microbiome. Power Probiotic has many benefits, ranging from improved immune function, enhanced digestion, elimination of tear stains, better stool formation and so much more.
Gastro ULC Acid Relief Formula - Gastro-ULC relieves stomach acid pain and GERD symptoms quickly. The main reason a dog will eat grass is to relieve acid stomach pain and heartburn. Is your dog smacking its lips? Vomiting yellow bile or vomiting grass and bile? These symptoms are frequently a sign of nausea and upset stomach. Some dogs will develop so much irritation in the stomach that they will eat grass and vomit after every meal. Gastro-ULC is an all-natural home remedy that helps to heal the lining of the stomach while providing a gentle, soothing coating to relieve dog heartburn. Gastro-ULC contains anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting licorice root to soothe stomach acid and repair the lining, the amino acid L-glutamine to protect against toxic bacteria such as H. pylori, and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich mastic gum to relieve abdominal discomfort. Mastic gum has been shown to be helpful in reducing excess bile within the stomach and intestines. This natural pet supplement is often used as an alternative to Pepcid to relieve acid stomach. Many dog owners report that after giving Gastro-ULC and Power Probiotic, their dog stopped eating grass and vomiting.
Soothing Digestive Relief Formula - This is a gentle, effective formula for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and any type of indigestion in pets. It helps with gas, upset tummy, diarrhea and malabsorption. Soothing Digestive Relief Formula has a calming effect, providing relief from indigestion, gas, tummy noises and pain. It contains a special blend of time-tested herbs and plant enzymes scientifically proven to calm and soothe the digestive tract.
K9 Digestive Enzymes - Helps to maintain normal digestive function. Since acid reflux is caused by poor digestion, it is essential to use a digestive enzyme for increased absorption of proteins and fats. Contains pancreatin, ox bile and HCL. An adequate level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) is essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. It activates the digestive enzymes that break down foods. An optimal level of stomach acid can keep the digestive system free of bacteria, yeast and parasites.
The Best Diet for a Dog That Eats Grass and Vomits
Take a moment to look at the diet you are feeding your dog. One reason dogs eat grass is because they are typically eating foods and treats that contain grains, food allergens and starchy carbohydrates that they are having trouble digesting. For example, small bites of cheese or peanut butter may not seem like much, but they are high in fat and are huge allergens that can cause digestive discomfort. Many of the best-selling premium brands contain allergens or starchy carbohydrates that can cause a variety of digestive problems and lead to a weakened immune system. Many dogs that are eating grass to throw up have heartburn and acid reflux. These dogs do well eating a hypoallergenic, high-moisture diet and consuming several small meals spaced throughout the day. Once your pet's stomach feels more comfortable, the symptoms should be greatly reduced.
A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much needed relief. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients, which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinarian recommended nationwide.
Please feel free to email us at Support@AskAriel.com. We will be happy to provide you with additional information about our natural remedies to help stop frantic grass eating and acid reflux, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.