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Hi All,

Oscar here.

Remember when you were a little kid and you put pretty much everything in your mouth from cell phones to the remote control to that one time you ate what you thought was a tootsie roll pop but actually ended up being cat poop....yeah that happened. You probably don't remember it because if you were recklessly eating like that, chances are you were just a baby. Dogs however continue this trend throughout the entirety of their lives, consuming anything and everything in sight including:

  • Grass
  • Cat poop
  • Sticks
  • Chicken bones off the street
  • Discarded pizza crust
  • Couches
  • Rugs
  • Dirty sneakers
  • Clean sneakers
  • Your favorite shoes
  • Entire boxes of chocolate
  • Rocks
  • And on and on and on

The general rule for a pooch is if they can fit something into their mouth, they will try to eat it.

Last week, a pet came into the PPAC who was no exception to this rule. A tiny, 6 lb. chihuahua had apparently consumed an acorn (i mean I get it, it does look like food) and even after vomiting up said acorn continued to vomit some more. An X-ray revealed a distended belly which is indicative of a blockage and Dr. S. had a suspicion that there may be another acorn in the pup's tummy. To take a look as to what was going on, Dr. S. performed an endoscopy which revealed another acorn which he promptly removed and the pooch is now on the mend.

If this topic seems familiar, it's because it is! I can't stress enough how little self restraint dogs have when it comes to food and food adjacent objects. Since they have no filter, you need to be theirs and keep a very close eye out for anything they put in their mouths. Because chances are, if it's not an actual food, it will need to come out some other way.

Til' next time,

Oscar

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