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17 Dec 2012

Dietary indiscretion

How can I reduce the risk that my pet will

eat something he or she should not eat?

This is easier said than done, especially if your pet loves the

outdoors! But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk:

Keep garbage in a place where your pet cannot tip it over.

Keep food in the cupboard or refrigerator—don’t leave

food on the counter or table if your pet can reach it when

your back is turned.

Don’t leave clothing and other articles around the house

where your pet can get at them.

Keep your yard free of items that might be dangerous or

toxic to your pet.

Keep an eye on your pet while he or she is playing in the yard.

How are the effects of

dietary indiscretion managed?

If your pet develops gastrointestinal (GI) upset as a result of

dietary indiscretion, your veterinarian may prescribe

medication to help provide relief. The type of treatment will

vary with the severity of your pet’s condition. If your pet is

dehydrated, fluid therapy is often required; and, if your pet

is vomiting frequently, your veterinarian may advise you to

withhold food and/or water for 12 to 24 hours.

Dietary indiscretion means that a dog or cat has eaten something that should not be

eaten, such as spoiled food from the garbage, dirt, clothing, or any number of things

pets can get into around the house and outdoors.

Consult your veterinarian about specific

questions you have regarding your pet’s health,

and be sure to follow his or her instructions.

Dietary indiscretion can upset the GI system and cause vomiting

and/or diarrhea.

The gastrointestinal system

SMALL INTESTINE

LARGE INTESTINE

SPLEEN

RECTUM

ESOPHAGUS

STOMACH

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