Most of us have seen our dogs munch on grass — in fact, more than 67 percent of people say that their dog eats grass on a weekly basis. The good news is that it’s common, it’s completely natural and it’s generally considered safe by vets. But, have you ever wondered why your dog does it? Do dogs eat grass to induce vomiting, because they’re sick or missing fiber in their diet, or is it something else entirely?

Illness & Vomiting

While many consider illness to be the most likely reason dogs eat grass, studies don’t necessarily support it. You might be surprised to learn that grass eating isn’t often associated with signs of illness. In one study, only 8 percent of the respondents reported seeing signs of illness before their dog ate grass, and of that group, only 22 percent reported that their dog vomited after doing so.

Likewise, in another study, researchers who compared…

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