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You’ve most likely heard the claim that eating grass is a sign that your dog isn’t feeling well. While there may be some truth to the statement, it’s not a behavior that should cause too many worries.

If you have yourself a grass-eater, the good news is that many veterinarians consider eating grass normal behavior. Evidence actually suggests that most dogs eating grass feel well beforehand. And even if they do eat grass, they are not likely to vomit.

Although consuming grass does not signify a pet illness, it’s important to keep in mind that this behavior in combination with lethargy, diarrhea, and weight loss are all signs that something might not be right. In addition, excessive grass eating could also signify your pet might not be well. These symptoms could be due to gastrointestinal issues and you should seek guidance from your veterinarian.  

If they Aren’t Sick, why Would they want to Eat Grass?

  • Boredom
  • Hunger
  • Natural behavior

Should you Stop Them?

You should always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns. Grass is safe in moderation, but be cognizant of any areas that have recently been treated with chemicals. You should stop the grass-eating immediately if there are known pesticides and herbicides that could be harmful to your pet.

If you believe this behavior might be due to hunger, you can try to alter or add to their current diet to include more plants and fiber.  There are many dog food options out there.

Consider Investing in Pet Insurance 

Looking for more ways to keep your pets happy and healthy? Consider investing in a pet insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance. Our dog insurance and cat insurance policies can provide the coverage and care your furry family members deserve.  Get your free quote today. 

 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.