It’s no secret that dogs eat grass when they’re sick. But what’s the reason for this strange behavior?
Well, it has to do with their natural instinct to seek out and eat plants. The greens help them recover from illness and inflammation in the digestive tract. They also help decrease the chance of poisoning by removing toxins from their stomachs. When they vomit, the fresh air consumed in this process helps to expel any irritating substances or toxins.
In the wild, dogs have been known to eat grasses and plants from lawns, dry garden beds, abandoned lands, and more. This makes sense in that in the wild, they also rely on their environment in order to hunt and find food. They may like your yard as we do, but they’re still wild animals after all!
Some dogs will turn their nose up at the idea of eating grass when sick, while others will devour it all without a care in the world. If they want it, then let them have it! Just make sure not to leave them alone—a little bit of the greenery goes a long way. If they start gagging, be sure to get it out of their mouth before they swallow!
Learn more about why dogs eat grass in our article, ‘Why do dogs eat grass?’
Why do dogs eat grass when sick?
Well, dogs eat grass when they are sick because it is their natural instinct to seek out and eat plants. The greens help them recover from illness and inflammation in the digestive tract. The hay that is eaten can also help to lubricate the throat, which would otherwise be dry and scratchy against the mucous. When they vomit, the fresh air consumed in this process helps to expel any irritating substances or toxins, neutralizing them.
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