DOGS: There are a variety of reasons a dog might munch on the lawn.
Some studies suggest that dogs eat grass because they do not feel well, while others say that eating grass is a way for dogs to improve digestion, deal with intestinal worms or to fulfill an unmet nutritional need, such as a lack of fiber.
Still, others say it is just an act of boredom. If this seems to be the case, try playing a game of fetch or bringing the dog for a walk to get some exercise and a little exploration of the neighborhood. If a nutritional issue is suspected, try switching to a diet high in fiber and see if the grass munching decreases.
CATS: Eating grass might be beneficial to cats' health.
Some studies suggest that grass serves as a natural laxative and can help break down fur balls as they pass through the digestive track.
While most experts agree that the act of eating grass itself is not harmful, it is important to remember that if the lawn has been treated with a pesticide or some other chemical, it could be toxic if ingested by a pet.
Also, some plants are poisonous to pets and should be kept away from areas that a dog or cat may frequent, especially if they are grass eaters. For a complete list of harmful plants, visit www.aspca.org.
If a health condition is suspected, make an appointment with Pioneer Animal Hospital to have the pet examined.