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Swallowed objects can be dangrous to pets, often requiring x-rays, testing, and surgery.  Avoid hazardous situations by maintaining a tidy living space and pet-proofing your home.

Get on yours hands and knees to thoroughly evaluate each room from a pet's-eye view.  Remember, if a toddler can get into it, so can a pet.  Be on the lookout for:

  • Cabinets and drawers that are easy to open
  • Garbage cans and laundry hampers without lids
  • Decorative items that can be knocked over
  • Loose cords and wires

If your pet refuses to eat or is continually vomiting, dry heaving and/or coughing, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Pet's eat the Darndest Things:

  • large toothpick from gyro sandwich
  • entire plastic spoon
  • wedding ring
  • walnut from a black walnut tree
  • handtowels, socks, pantyhose, shreds of throw rugs
  • pacifiers
  • pieces of rubber or plush dog toys
  • dimes, pennies
  • entire 1 gallon plastic milk jug

These are some of the items we have had to surgically remove from patients. Last year, VPI Pet Insurance received nearly $4 million in claims for ingested foreign bodies. Are you prepared to cover the cost of an ingestion emergency? Consider Pet Insurance and Care Credit as well as pet-proofing your home. For more information on pet insurance and payment plans please see our links page.

*Some information provided by VPI Pet Insurance

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We Recommend:

  • Cats and Dogs over the age of 7 to have yearly blood screening
  • annual combo tests for dogs over 1 year old. checks for heartworms which are transmitted by mosquitoes, as well as three locally prevalent tick borne diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma)

Ask the Doctor

  Why do you typically recommend I have my pet spayed (or neutered) between 4-6 months of age?
We most often recommend spaying or neutering your pet between 4-6 months of age in the hopes of preventing unwanted social (behavioral) and/or medical problems that may develop. On average, most young female puppies and kittens can go into heat (bec...

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