After all, as a carnivore, the dog's favorite and most preferable food is meat. When a dog begins to inexplicably fall in love with vegetarianism, then there must be some problem.There're four reasons why dogs fall in love with grass. Dog owners need to be reasonable about the dog's bad habits.One of the main reasons why dogs start to eat grass may be heterophagy!Heterophagy: Heterophagy is a very complex syndrome of multiple diseases caused by metabolic disorders, abnormal taste sensation and improper dietary management.There are many reasons for dogs to develop heterophagy, such as lack of fixed trace elements, the influence of internal parasites, endocrine diseases and so on.In the case of heterophagy, the dog owner needs to prescribe the right medicine. For example, if there is a lack of micronutrients, appropriate micronutrients should be added; if there are parasites, deworming should be done on time; if it is due to endocrine diseases, different methods should be chosen for diagnosis according to the different symptoms.

     But there are often four other reasons why dogs eat grass!
1. Dogs perform self gastric cleansing.
Many long-haired dogs may eat in some of their own hair when they eat, and when playing with toys or playing outdoors, they may also take some rocks or other foreign objects as food and accidentally swallow them into their stomachs.The dog will certainly feel strange. Dogs will lose their appetite and have no energy when foreign objects like this accumulate in their bodies. At this time, some dogs will eat a few grasses on their own. That's because, on the one hand, the fluff of grasses stimulates the transverse muscles in their intestines to help vomit; on the other hand, it can also play a role in discharging foreign objects from the body by carrying plant fibers.
2. When the dog has separation anxiety, or other psychological disorders.
Separation anxiety is a disease that is very likely to occur among dogs in modern times, mainly because the owner does not spend enough time with the dog, which leads to the dog being confined to the house every day, so that it will show similar behavior to obsessive-compulsive disorder: such as tearing at home or nibbling on flowers and greenery to consume energy.When a dog always shows regular chewing of grass in the absence of the owner, then the pet owner should consider whether the dog has a related psychological disorder.It is very important to find a vet to enlighten the dog and to increase the time the owner spends with the dog.
3. Dogs deficient in certain trace elements will self-replenish by ingesting foreign objects.
The situation of heterophagy because of the lack of trace elements is not only in dogs, and zinc deficiency is the main cause of heterophagy. Zinc deficiency can cause the decrease of the secretion of gustin, which is a salivary protein containing zinc and an essential nutrients for maintaining the structural function and metabolism of oral mucosal epithelial cells. Therefore, zinc deficiency can lead to incomplete proliferation, repair and keratinization of oral mucosal epithelial cells, which are prone to shedding, and the shedding of epithelial cells can easily block the taste bud pores, making it difficult for food to reach or contact the taste bud pores, and not easy to cause taste response, or lead to loss of taste sensation and sensitivity, and finally lead to taste disorder and loss of appetite, anorexia or heterophagy. In such cases, the dog owners can feed their dogs targeted trace elements tablets to solve the emergence of heterophagy!
4. Some dogs eat grass because of racial habits.
There are some pet dogs especially like to eat grass, which is related to certain genetic habits of dogs. Some dogs maintain a meat-based omnivorous habits, and they can get some of the nutrients required by the body from food. The ancestors of modern dogs often swallowed whole prey, and sometimes the entire stomach of herbivores. Modern dogs, however, due to human domestication and their own evolution, no longer hunt for food as their ancestors did, but grasses and other plants still have a certain allure to them. Plus the dog owners would often eat some vegetarian food in front of the dog, so dogs raised by their masters will also intentionally or unintentionally try to eat vegetables.
      Cautions for dogs eating grass
But is there any harm caused by dogs eating grass simply because they love it? In fact, we do not have to worry too much about this as long as they do not nibble on the roots of similar nutcracker trees, daffodils, or overdose on too much grass. There won't be any abnormal situations in cases above.  But dogs in the outdoors should still be careful not to nibble grass, because now the park or community green often spray pesticide ingredients in the greenery. Once the dog has eaten the grass that contains pesticides, it will be a great burden to the dog's liver, and once the dog consumes too much of this ingredient, there will be a poisoning situation! So the owners need to take these two measures, the first of which is the need to prepare a suitable muzzle for the dog when walking it outdoors. Many people think that it is immoral and inhumane to restrict the freedom of dogs, but the nature of dogs is that they like to sniff and eat things indiscriminately outdoors, not only grass, but also sewage, chicken and duck skeletons and other foreign substances that are discarded by others, and even toxic substances that are maliciously thrown in the grass. Therefore, the dog wears a muzzle, not only to ensure the safety of itself, but also to reduce the possibility of barking to scare people and thus cause injury. The next thing is that the dog owners should do a good job of adjusting the dog's diet. If the dog appears to be habitually vegetarian, then they can prepare an appropriate amount of barley grass or other items similar to carrots, cucumbers, etc., and after proper supplementation, the dog will not chew the grass when outside! 
I wonder if everyone's dog also has the habit of eating grass? And how do you deal with it?

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