Why Is My Cockapoo Eating Grass?

There will come a time in your dog’s life when you see them eating grass. While it does not immediately mean that there is anything terribly wrong with your cockapoo if it is eat grass, it is not something you should just ignore and forget about. Therefore, in the following post, we are going to discuss some of the various reasons why cockapoos, like other dog breeds, eat grass. It may be worth checking each of these to see which is more likely to be the cause of your own dog’s grass-eating habit. If you find that none of our suggestions leads to an answer or solution, speak to your vet.

The Enjoyment Factor

As strange as it may seem, some dogs just enjoy the grass and if your cockapoo eats grass now and again, then there is no real reason to be really concerned. Think of it as the doggy equivalent of a human nibbling on some rocket leaves.

One word of caution though is if any herbicides or fertiliser has been used on the grass they are nibbling, this could be toxic. It is also a good idea to familiarise yourself with plants, flowers, weeds and grass that are dangerous and poisonous for your canine buddy before you let him or her enjoy those blades at the park or in the garden.

Boredom

In complete contrast to the above, another reason why some cockapoos eat grass is that they are bored. This may not be something you really want to hear, but it is something that needs to do something.

If you find that your dog tends to eat grass a lot when they are outside, then you need to try using some kind of stimulation and distraction to either get them to cut down or to stop eating grass completely.

Worms

Some believe worms may trigger in your cockapoo the need to vomit and as eating grass often leads to dogs being sick, this could be a sign that your canine pal has worms. While many worms can be 100% asymptomatic, there are other common symptoms you should be aware of – always hungry (though if your cockapoo is known to have a big appetite this might not be a helpful symptom), losing weight, diarrhoea, vomiting, or a bloated appearance.

However, if you worm your furry family member regularly, then it is probably not worms that are causing your dog to eat grass.

To Remedy a Problem They Are Having

Dogs are incredibly curious creatures, and this often leads to them eating a lot of things that are not so good for them. Sometimes when dogs do this, they will look for a way to vomit. If you find, therefore, that your cockapoo is eating a lot of grass and vomiting, it could be that your pooch is doing this to try and get rid of whatever is causing them trouble or distress from their stomach.

While it is true that for the most part cockapoos, like other breeds of dog, eating grass is completely innocent, even if they are vomiting too, you should still keep an eye on your canine pal. If they are eating lots of grass, for instance, and not chewing very much, then something might be wrong. If your dog does not successfully vomit after eating grass but continues to retch, it may be time to call the vet.

Lack of Fibre In Their Diet

Just as it is with humans, a lack of fibre in their diet is a common problem that dogs suffer from. While we resort to eating beans, prunes and whole grains, dogs often turn to grass. While this may seem alarming at first, it is nothing you really need to worry about. If you have investigated the other suggestions noted in this post and gotten no closer to an answer, check their food. Even if you are buying them a decent brand of dog food, it may still not have enough fibre in it.

Dog foods all list ingredients and the nutritional value on the packaging. On average, a dog’s daily diet should consist of around 2 to 4% fibre.

Please keep in mind that most dogs eat grass and have nothing seriously wrong with them. Use the suggestions above and look out for any other symptoms or signs to make sure there is nothing to worry about.