Wheatgrass is all the rage in health trends now, and you may be wondering about its other uses beyond adding a dash of variety to your diet. Have you ever seen your dog or cat gravitate towards eating grass, even though they’re generally carnivores that love meat? It may seem strange to you, but eating wheatgrass actually has many health benefits for animals.

Benefit #1: Wheatgrass aids in your pet’s digestive health.

Just as adding fiber to your diet helps if you’ve been having constipation, fiber in your dog or cat’s diet can stimulate their digestion. If your dog or cat has digestive problems, wheatgrass may be a good solution, as it helps to break down and flush out any clogs in their system. Plus, if your cat frequently coughs up hairballs, they may seek out grass in order to help them regurgitate indigestible matter.

Benefit #2: It helps to detoxify their systems.

In the wild, animals eat grass (or hunt herbivores that do) to soothe their stomachs when ill. For whatever reason, wheatgrass appears to help with toxins and thus can be a good remedy to give to your pet when it’s sick. It can also be a good preventative measure when given to your pet in small doses on a regular basis, and has anti-inflammatory effects so it could help with any skin conditions. Make sure to give your pet wheatgrass of good quality: store-bought wheatgrass that contains pesticides and other additives may end up bringing harm to your pet instead.

Benefit #3: It contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

Like vegetables and fruit, wheatgrass contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals. Although most canned or dried pet foods will satisfy the daily nutritional needs of your pet, giving them a bit of wheatgrass can serve as a supplement. (Like all supplements, though, make sure to calculate the right dosage!)

Benefit #4: It adds variety to your pet’s diet.

Many dogs and cats enjoy wheatgrass as a special treat, so giving them a little in its raw form or as juice on a regular basis helps to keep them happy. Be careful not to give them too much, though – just as humans may suffer from adverse side effects when too much is consumed, pets may suffer from similar effects.

Wheatgrass isn’t just beneficial, your pets will enjoy it too