Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No, that's not for eating!

While many dogs never get into trouble, others chew on everything from dirty laundry to rocks. If your furry friend belongs to the latter category, odds are a lot of things not meant for eating ends up in the stomach.

If you have a chewer/eater, the first thing to do is dog-proof your home. Make sure everything toxic is locked up where your dog can't get to it, and keep chewable objects out of reach. It's bad enough if your dog chews things to pieces, but the habit can become fatal if they eat the pieces.

Common signs that your dog ate something they shouldn't have include:
  • Vomiting
  • Gagging
  • Abdominal pains
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in bowels
  • Change in behavior

If you think your dog ate something they shouldn't have, call the vet. If your regular vet is closed, call the nearest pet emergency clinic. It can be tempting to wait and see what happens, hoping for the best, but many objects can cause great damage. If you wait, your dog might need surgery, which will be much more expensive than going to the vet at once.

What is the strangest thing your dog has chewed up?

~ Maria Sadowski ~ 

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