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Why Is My Dog Eating Grass And Ralphing On My Shoes?

Why Is My Dog Eating Grass And Ralphing On My Shoes?

Written By Amica Graber

Apr 21, 2016

So there you are, having a nice little nap in the privacy of your backyard. Everything is calm and serene. But, oh look! Here comes Fido! He starts munching on the lawn like it’s the last burrito on Cinco De Mayo. And, much like the real Cinco De Mayo, it all ends with an eruption of upchuck. So much for your peaceful nap.


So why is your furry boo eating grass? Is he sick? Does he have a doggy eating disorder? Is this his sweet revenge for giving him a bath?

Eating grass, and then retching, is called pica in the Dogosphere. It can be caused by a nutritional disorder, but it’s usually caused by boredom. Thanks, bud. I’m glad that ralphing all over my legs is entertainment, but I digress.

There’s more evidence to conclude that your dog is bored, rather than sick. Less than 10% of dogs who barf - or suffer from “pica” - are actually ill. A bit like when you would press your forehead against the radiator in the school nurse’s office to feign sickness, so you could ditch and go watch The Simpsons instead. I SEE YOU, FIDO.


But although boredom is the primary cause of pica, don’t dismiss grass-eating altogether. Tossing one’s dog biscuits may be indicative of other ailments, such as worms, malnutrition, or a fiber deficiency.

Of course, there’s a fair probability that your dog just really enjoys the taste of grass.

When your pooch is doing the technicolor yawn, sit back and ask yourself the following questions to figure out if he’s sick, or just yakking for the giggs:

  • Has pooch had enough exercise?
  • Is he displaying any other signs of illness?
  • How are his poops?

If your dog has weird, dark poops — try switching up his diet and seeing if that curbs his desire to chew on the turf.

Chewing on grass can be caused by an iron deficiency. The following are symptoms to watch out for:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Dark, oily poops
  • Lethargy
  • Depression

If your dog is suffering from these other side effects, it’s probably a good idea to take him on a visit to the V-E-T.