Myth #3 - "Dogs and cats eat grass when they're sick!"

Real Estate Agent with North Texas Home Finders 0462649

BaxterNope, they're just connoisseurs of the green stuff, says Marty Becker, DVM, author with Gina Spadafori of The Ultimate Dog Lover and The Ultimate Cat Lover.

Pets love the taste and texture of grass. The newer shoots with a little water on them from the sprinklers or rain is even better.

It's like an all-you-can-eat salad bar buffet!

Sometimes dogs will consume large amounts of grass, which then propels food through the intestinal system, either back up or out the other end, so that may be the source of the myth.

They even sell living "pet grass" at the pet food chains!

My dogs just eat the back yard variety. I try to limit the amount they eat because they do tend to throw it up when they eat too much of it!

Be careful that they do not ingest poisonous greenery. My dog once ate Poison Oak at the dog park and it made him very ill and covered in hives! 



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Comments (24)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Laura~ That is the cutest little puppy!  Golden's are so cute, aren't they?  Both of my dogs eat grass and they seem just fine, :)  Anyway, we had a dog once that ate chocolate and she actually acted like she was crazed for a while, seriously, my husband thought he was going to have to put her down because she acted like she was going to attack( almost rabid like)  and bite for a while but then she got better!  It was horrible at the time

Mar 26, 2009 12:27 PM
Heather the Realtor Orlando, Lake Mary
LemonTree Realty - Orlando, FL
First Time Home Buyers, Bank Owned Homes

I found my cat does not like the grow in a pot kind either they prefer to feel it all around them I think. But it's a cleanser of sorts. Just like us if we eat too many green veggies our tummies arent right either.

Mar 26, 2009 12:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Now how in the heck would they really know why a dog or cat eats grass:-)  I need to ask my dog about that. . .He seems to consume large quantities of the green stuff, every once in awhile.

Mar 26, 2009 12:28 PM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

My dog is always grazing in the backyard, and my cats eat fake grass found in my fake houseplant arrangements.  Go figure!

Mar 26, 2009 12:34 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Lara

I enjoyed your post, great looking puppy.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Mar 26, 2009 01:28 PM
Donna Shuman
Florida Wholesale Realty Corp - Oviedo, FL
REALTOR - Marketing for Richard Shuman -

Hi Laura,

Is that your puppy? OMG how cute!

I'm one of those that always thought eating grass meant my dogs weren't feeling well. I'm glad you cleared that up for me. We now have 8 dogs, yes I said EIGHT. We have a sheltie, a beagle and now 6 miniature poodles, two of which are only 5 weeks old. Like Terry's cats, every single one of my poodles love eating real grass and fake grass. Now I'm glad I don't have to panic. It would be quite an expensive bill if I took all 6 to the vet for nothing.

Thanks for sharing.

Mar 26, 2009 01:36 PM
Robert Schwabe
Herron Real Estate - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Lara - I know whenever my cat escaped from the house she would go straight for the grass. If I did not catch her in time she would eat a whole bunch then get sick.

Mar 26, 2009 01:43 PM
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

I heard some rumor that dogs will eat grass whey got stomach problem.

Mar 26, 2009 02:06 PM
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

i think dogs eat grass because they are bored, maybe constipated

Mar 26, 2009 04:18 PM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

We laugh and call it "salad". My dog will graze all along her walk on a daily basis if allowed

Mar 26, 2009 04:19 PM
Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett
(FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) - Providence, RI
Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR

Cute puppy, and a great post. I find that my Buddy likes to eat grass occassionally, but I find that he will spit it up. Perhaps he is feeling better when it happens, I try to control his amount. I do need to check the Vet's opinion. I do know he loves to roll and frolic in the grass. It is his 6th birthday today.

Mar 27, 2009 06:17 AM
Barbara Delaney
Park Place REALTORS, Inc. - Roanoke, VA

Dear Laura,

I love your beautiful little flower child!

Puppies play! Puppies eat!

I have heard that dogs only eat grass when they are sick.

I think a puppy will try anything!

Fun post!


Mar 27, 2009 07:27 AM
Reba Haas
Team Reba of RE/MAX Metro Eastside - Bellevue, WA
Team Reba, CDPE

my dogs don't eat grass that often but will on occasion.  One will specifically eat it when he's not feeling well, like the time he tried to eat a piece of an orange and he immediately regretted it - he ran outside and started chowing down on grass so that he could throw it up. Fun!  LOL

Mar 27, 2009 07:31 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Sylvie - I had a cat that foamed at the mouth when she ate my house plant. The cat was fine, but the plant was discarded.

Tad - chocolate very bad!

Anna - you have a great smile! Anything for more smiles :-)

Pat - maybe grass to dogs is like chicken noodle soup for humans?

Vickie - thanks! The picture is my Baxter when he was a puppy. I'm so glad to hear you dog ended up okay. You must have been worried sick.

Heather - grass is a natural flusher.

Myrl - please let us know what your dog has to say. Maybe grass is like a drug for dogs?

Terry - proof that dogs are sometimes smarter than cats :-)~


Mar 27, 2009 04:56 PM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Lou - thanks, he's still my baby!

Donna - you have a big heart to have so many puppies!

Robert - she'd probably wait to get sick until you had dinner guests.

Hulting - it seems to help their stomaches.

Greg - maybe eating grass is a way to stay outside longer.

Vickie N - careful what they eat on walks, mine ate Poison Oak ... ew.

Kathleen Ann - happy birthday Buddy! Go roll in the grass!

Barbara - yes puppies will eat everything and anything in their path!

Reba - at least he ran outside ... good dog!

Mar 27, 2009 05:03 PM ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals - Dallas, TX


Our dogs eat everything ! plants, wood, fabric, furniture, cats, and much more. 

Have a great and successful weekend

Mar 28, 2009 03:37 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Lynn - it sounds like you have your hands full!

Mar 28, 2009 04:46 AM
Michelle Viggiano
Four Winds Healthy Home Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning - Scottsdale, AZ

Hi Lara, I buy organic wheatgrass in flats for my two indoor cats. who now appear to expect it regularly.  My dogs love it too, but it doesn't last too long with them, so they are rationed. No regurgitation ever noted with any of the four of them. Even my cat cat who is 22 with no teeth, I cut it up quite small for her  and no problem there either.

Mar 28, 2009 07:18 AM
Lara O'Keefe
North Texas Home Finders - McKinney, TX

Michelle, you have some well loved pets! A 22 year old cat ... wow!

Mar 29, 2009 03:47 AM
Kim Dean - McKinney, TX
Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner

Lara - wow, you certainly did clear up a myth for me. I had always thought that my dog was sick when he ate it. Makes sense now - he's been eating it quite a bit lately and our yard is really green and moist with rain. Interesting!

Apr 01, 2009 08:57 AM