Dog Stomach Gurgling and Eating Grass: Do Dogs Eat Grass When Their Stomach Hurts?

A dog’s stomach making noises can be a scary experience for any pet parent. Luckily, it is usually nothing to be concerned about. Dog’s stomachs make noise in a similar way to humans when they are hungry, but there are some other reasons your dog may be doing this as well.

Dog Stomach Gurgling and Eating Grass

Why is my dog’s stomach making noises?

If you’ve ever heard your dog’s stomach making loud gurgling noises, you might wonder if it’s something serious. Those stomach noises are often a sign that the digestive tract is emptying and filling with gas in the normal process of digestion.

When dogs eat, their stomach produces acid to break down the food into smaller pieces so that they can absorb the nutrients from it into the bloodstream. When there isn’t anything inside the stomach except air, then there isn’t anything for these acids to work on other than itself; thus causing discomfort and making noises until something gets digested again.

Most of the time, a gurgling stomach is normal. If there are no other signs of illness (such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy) and the gurgling sounds only last for 24 hours or less, there is probably no need to worry.

If your dog’s symptoms persist beyond that point or if they worsen (including significant weight loss, vomiting, or diarrhea that lasts more than 48 hours), then a trip to the veterinarian would be recommended.

Common causes of a gurgling stomach:

  • Hunger. A rumbling belly is often the first sign that your dog is hungry. Dogs often have a routine for mealtimes, so if your dog always eats at 7 a.m., for example, but you’re running late one day and don’t feed him until 8:30, he’ll probably be gurgling by then.
  • A food allergy or intolerance. Your dog may be allergic to a food ingredient (such as beef, dairy, or wheat) or he may have trouble digesting it. If your dog is having trouble digesting something he’s eaten, his stomach may rumble because it’s working extra hard to break down the offending food.
  • Gastroenteritis. A gurgling stomach may indicate gastroenteritis, a condition resulting from the inflammation of the lining of the stomach and small intestine. It’s often caused by a viral infection, such as parvovirus, or a bacterial infection.
  • Digestive gases. Dogs experience gas when they eat things they’re not supposed to or swallow air while eating. Eating too fast can also lead to gas, as well as some foods (like beans). If the gurgling is accompanied by flatulence, it’s probably a case of digestive gas.
  • Diet change. If your dog has just switched to a new type of food and you notice his stomach making unusual noises shortly after he eats, it could be due to an upset stomach triggered by the change in diet.
  • Bloat. Bloat is a very serious problem that often requires emergency surgery and can be fatal.

What can I give my dog for a gurgling stomach?

You can give your dog bland food such as boiled chicken and rice until the stomach settles down. You should not give your dog milk because it can make things worse. If your dog does not get better in 48 hours, you should take him to the vet.

No single treatment will cure all of these conditions. Some require little more than resting the digestive system, while others may require prescription-strength medication or even surgery if it’s severe enough. In any case, you should take your dog to the vet for an examination and a diagnosis so that he can get proper treatment.

Why is my dog suddenly eating grass?

Dogs do sometimes eat grass because they’re hungry, but dogs also eat grass for other reasons:

  • To ease an upset stomach
  • To aid digestion
  • Because they enjoy the taste
  • Because they like the texture of the grass in their mouths
  • To help them throw up (if they have eaten something that doesn’t agree with them)

Should I let my dog eat grass to throw up?

Dogs are known for eating grass, which can result in vomiting; this is not necessarily a problem, but if it continues you should take your dog to the vet for further investigation.

If you notice other symptoms, this could be a sign of illness. Symptoms of an ill dog include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

Should you let a dog eat grass?

In some cases, dogs are prone to eating grass because of nutritional deficiencies that can be corrected by adding certain supplements to their diets. If you suspect this may be the case with your dog, speak with your veterinarian about which supplements she recommends.

A healthy diet can prevent dogs from eating grass, but sometimes they’ll still do it anyway. Dogs’ stomachs are designed to handle more meat than grains and produce, so giving them fruits and vegetables can help them get the nutrients they need without putting their health at risk.

Some dogs eat grass because they’re bored or anxious, though this behavior is usually reserved for puppies and young dogs. The same goes for dogs who are used to eating grass but then stop: they may eat again if stress levels increase or boredom sets in once more.

If you’re concerned about what your dog might eat from the grass on lawns that have been treated with pesticides or weed-and-feed products, then limit his access to those areas.

Conclusion of dog eating grass

Many dogs will eat grass when they have an upset stomach or when they are suffering from stomach pain. The most common reason for a dog to eat grass is to induce vomiting when they feel nauseous or have an upset stomach. It is also possible that your dog is eating grass in order to obtain nutrients that are missing from his diet. If your dog eats grass occasionally and seems healthy and happy, there’s no need to worry. However, if your dog eats a lot of grass on a regular basis; you should talk with a veterinarian about it because it may be a sign that something is wrong with your dog’s health.

Stomach gurgling in dogs can be caused by several different problems. A dog suffering from gastroenteritis will display symptoms such as stomach gurgling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and loss of appetite. Gastroenteritis can be caused by the consumption of spoiled food or food that is not normally part of the diet, foreign objects being ingested, bacteria, or parasites. Vomiting and diarrhea will cause dehydration which can cause serious problems if left untreated; consult with a veterinarian for proper treatment options.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to your vet.


Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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