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Why is my pet eating grass?

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
3 years ago

Why is my pet eating grass?

You’ve most likely heard the claim that eating grass is a sign that your dog isn’t feeling well.  While there is 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, but we’ve found the Consumer Affairs report for dog food to be helpful to navigate through the different brands and offerings.

We hope this might ease some of your concerns with the grass eating behavior, but rest assured you and your pet are definitely not alone! PetFirst Pet Insurance helps cover costs of veterinarian visits and treatments should there be ingestion of harmful chemicals or if there is excessive eating/vomiting. Insuring your pet in its early years allows you the peace of mind that your furry family member with be covered should any incident or illness occur. It’s not too late to be prepared, get a quote today.

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