17 Dec 2012
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
The gastrointestinal system
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