Why Pomeranians Eat Grass
As you've read, a very small number of Pomeranians may eat grass to make themselves vomit, however this is not the most common reason by a long shot. In addition, if the diet is lacking nutrients, grass is not the answer to receiving those. So, let's look at why a Pom may love to eat grass:
Hunger along with nutrient deficiency -
A Pomeranian may lick his bowl clean and eat every morsel that you feed him, however if it is not the right type of food, that Pom may still be hungry. Is he lacking nutrients? Most likely, however it important to note is that since grass holds very little nutritional value and it may upset the stomach due to the blade's texture tickling the stomach and it being hard to digest, it will not help a Pom in the long run. One of the most common reasons why a dog may eat several meals per day yet still be able to eat more is due to the food having a high level of fillers. Fillers are 'empty' ingredients that bulk up kibble yet pass right through the body. They are very temporarily filling and do not properly provide the body with what it needs. It will appear that a Pom is eating enough, yet with a high percentage of the 'food' not actually being used to fuel the body, the puppy
or dog will technically be malnourished and will not be reaching his daily calorie requirements.
That Pom may then graze as if he's a white-tailed deer in a prairie and nibble away on grass to supplement his diet and as noted, this will be done in vain.
Habit/ boredom -
Dogs are funny creatures; if they have nothing to do, they often resort to a habit even if they do not gain much from doing the action. It's not all that uncommon for a Pomeranian to be brought outside and for the owner to then become distracted… perhaps checking their phone or saying hello to a neighbor…and then they look over and their Pom is munching away on grass as if he thinks he is a cow in a pasture.
In many cases, the Pom was left to his own devices for a certain amount of time, didn't have anything better to do and metaphorically thought, 'okay, I guess I'll stay busy by nibbling on this grass!'
This can be avoided by interacting with your Pom and keeping him focused on the task at hand, whether this is going outside for potty training
or heading out for a walk (more ahead on ways to stop a Pom from eating grass).
- Have you ever gotten down very close to a stretch of grass in the morning and really studied how it sparkles with dew and how the sun reflects off of the shiny blades? Most likely you noticed this to some degree from a standing position. However, we must think about how this looks to a Pomeranian that is mere inches from the grass.
That soft, dew-dropped, sparkling grass can look awfully tempting to a curious dog. Canines of all ages use their mouths to figure out what things are; and even if a Pomeranian has no intention of eating grass as if it is a patch of yummy treats spread out before him, if he simply mouths it to figure out 'what is this' and/or 'it is worth my time to chew on this' he may discover that the moist blades or interesting texture fits his chewing urges at the time.
The next thing you know, he's eating it… and that can quickly turn into a habit as we discussed earlier. Dogs can rapidly transition from an action done out of exploration to a pattern of repeating that action simply because there is no better alternative at that moment.