|Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 3, 2014 at 10:35 AM|
Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,
I am still amazed by just what a pet may put in its mouth and eat. It seems that, for many pets, the more disgusting, the better.
Usually, these "nasties" just pass with little fanfare or problem. But, sometimes, big problems occur.
What can you do to prevent a huge source of pet problems (and therefore ER visits) ?
WATCH THE TRASH!!! (Simple)
I recently treated a pet who had never done this before, but on that one day, had ingested some very rotten material from the trash and become very ill.
So, a good idea is to dispose of old food or other rotten materials safely out of the house( or anywhere else that the pet may get them.)
Be mindful of your pet in the house and the lengths the pet may go to to get a "treat."
My sister had a wonderful large yellow Labrador who she loved dearly. But this dog, though not very athletic, became a true "mountain climber" when items he wanted were on the countertop.
On one fine Halloween, the large, sedentary dog climbed the countertops and procured a large amount of chocolate, which is, of course, toxic to dogs. All it took to make things better was a several hundred dollar ER visit, IV fluids, drugs, etc etc. [By the way, Buck never did really learn, and pulled the stunt again later, but was luckily caught before real damage occured.]
Point two: Your errant pet probably will NOT "learn" from these misadventures. (see above) So just prevent it every time for best success.
So that's it. Avoiding problems is almost always better than treating them.
You CAN do something about pet illness.
That is all.
Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic