smiling black dog

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Dog rolling on ground

Our pets can do some quirky things, but even the strangest behaviors may have reasons behind them. Here are explanations of some common pet behaviors. Does your furry friend have any of these habits? Tell us about it in the comments!

Q: Why does my dog roll around in stuff that smells?

A: A popular theory is that your rolling dog is trying to get rid of other scents. Canines have a more sensitive sense of smell than humans, and a strong fragrance may drive your poor pooch crazy. To cover up the troublesome odor, your dog might dive into your dirty clothes or garbage. If you find your dog rolling in feces, it could signal a behavioral issue that you should discuss with your veterinarian. Learn more

Note: Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s specific behavior. Your veterinarian can give you advice about your individual pet's needs and rule out any potential medical issue.

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Airedale Terrier with large bone

“Tony was barking at the delivery man, and Tony ran into my knee on his way to the door. Later, he started pawing at his right eye, and he continued to be bothered by it through the night and into the next morning. We took him to the veterinarian to make sure he wasn’t doing any damage to his eye with his paw. After treatment, including eye drops, Tony is OK. We are glad to have an ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan for Tony because he is a very active dog. A previous dewclaw accident, which resulted in surgery, prompted us to get it.” -Joe C., Winooski, VT

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Pug on a blanket

Friday's Furry Friend is a weekly feature that showcases pet photos we receive from our customers and Facebook fans. Email us a photo of your pet with the subject, "My Furry Friend."

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small dog with a green chew toy

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Jack Russell Terrier on a walk

Our pets can do some quirky things, but even the strangest behaviors may have reasons behind them. Here are explanations of some common pet behaviors. Does your furry friend have any of these habits? Tell us about it in the comments!

Q: Why does my dog want to eat gross stuff when he’s on a walk?

A: To us, garbage lying on the ground is nasty. To your pet, it’s a tasty investigation. There’s a whole mess of reasons why this might occur. If your pet is overly anxious, bored or just plain curious, a piece of trash might appear to be a snack. Another reason might have to do with a lack of nutrients, primarily vitamin B1. Learn more about coprophagia (eating feces) and pica (eating things that aren't food) from our friends at the ASPCA®.

Note: Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s specific behavior. Your veterinarian can give you advice about your individual pet's needs and rule out any potential medical issue.

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Scottish Terrier sitting on deck

“Roddy, my 13-year-old Scottish Terrier, has played on the beach since he was a puppy. He especially loves to chase soccer balls with children. One day a group of men were playing bocce and, having no idea that bocce balls are extremely heavy, Roddy swooped in, grabbed one and took off down the beach. In doing so, he broke a big molar. The broken tooth was removed under general anesthesia by breaking it into pieces and surgically removing them. Roddy came through the procedure fine, but the veterinary bills were in the hundreds of dollars. Roddy’s ordeal was a lot less painful for me with his ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan covering most of the bill!” –Brooke R., Gloucester, MA

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Pit Bull with a purple chew bone

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Black and white Boston Terrier

“I am so thankful for ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. They were so wonderful through the time I had my previous dog, Betsy, and that is why I now have a plan for my Boston Terrier, Tiara. I greatly appreciated the sympathy card and condolence call following Betsy’s passing. It helped calm me when I was so upset.” –Jamie P., Wilmington, DE

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Cocker Spaniel in a sweater

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WELCOME,
PET PARENTS!

As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

Social Media Coordinator

Pet Parent to:

Lucy, a 7-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

Blog Guidelines

While we’ll strive to present all viewpoints on this blog, comments will be reviewed before posting. Offensive or inappropriate language, off-topic remarks and comments containing personal policy information will not be featured.

Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

As always, if you have a question about your plan, call us at 1-866-204-6764.

*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.