Dogs with Stomach Noises Want to Eat Grass – Top 3 Reasons Why
Does your dog always seek grass whenever his stomach makes loud noises? Here are a few common reasons that may explain this behavior.
1. Chewing to relieve pain
The stomach noise might indicate general discomfort and pain in the dog’s abdomen. Chewing and eating grass might be a response to the discomfort as it could be one of your dog’s favorite ways of relieving stress.
2. Chewing to relieve anxiety
The stomach noises and the urgency to eat grass might not always be due to bodily pain. Dogs may exhibit these signs if they are anxious or stress. Dogs can develop an upset stomach after a stressful event (such as a loud noise) and stomach noises would be a typical reaction to this. As mentioned earlier, an anxious dog may then try to chew grass as a way to relieve stress. Chewing is a natural way for dogs to relieve anxiety because it helps release ‘feel-good’ hormones like serotonin.
Think back to the last few times the dog chewed grass and had loud stomach noises. Was it immediately after some kind of stressful event such as fireworks or a good old trip to the vet? Giving your dog medication like pepto-bismol may help if they have a tendency to develop an upset stomach after a stressful event.
3. Eating grass to regurgitate
There is a lot of information online about dogs eating grass as a deliberate attempt to regurgitate. This hasn’t been proven to be true and is seen as more of a misconception. Naturally, it may sound like a plausible reason if your dog is eating grass after his stomach makes a lot of noise. Lack of scientific evidence suggests otherwise.