Top 10 Cat Emergencies


Cats often become reclusive and hide when they are not feeling well, which makes knowing when they need to be seen by your veterinarian a challenge. They have unique signs of emergency conditions that often go unrecognized by owners. Some injuries are obvious, such as a cat with an open wound, while others have more subtle signs that can be equally dangerous if left untreated. Knowing signs of illness is crucial in determining when to seek emergency care for your cat. Below is a list of some of the most common cat emergencies and their signs.


Urethral Obstruction

This is a condition in which a cat, usually male, is unable to urinate due to a blockage in the urethra (the tube leading from the urinary bladder to the outside environment).


Cats will show a sudden onset of restless behavior, which includes frequent trips in and out of the litter box. They will often attempt to urinate in unusual places such as in a bath tub or on a plastic bag. You may notice a very small stream of urine that contains blood. More often than not, despite a cat’s straining, there may be no urine or even just a drop produced. In later stages of the obstruction, cats may cry loudly, vomit, and become lethargic.


You should consider these signs a serious emergency and seek veterinary care immediately. There are reports of cats developing kidney failure and dying within 12 hours after the onset of signs. Expect your cat to be hospitalized at least 36 hours for treatment of this condition. Veterinary treatments may include a urinary catheter, intravenous fluids, and pain management. Female cats are less likely to become obstructed due to their wider urinary tract.


Toxicities (Poisoning)

The combination of their curious nature and unique metabolism (the way their body breaks down chemicals) makes cats vulnerable to toxins. Owners are often unaware that their home contains multiple products that are poisonous to felines. The most common cat toxins include antifreeze, Tylenol, and rat or mouse poison.


The signs your cat displays depends on the type of poison he or she has encountered. Antifreeze will often cause wobbliness or a drunken appearance first, then progresses to vomiting/weakness as the kidneys fail. Tylenol may cause an unusual swelling of the head and changes the cat’s blood color from red to chocolate brown. Rat or mouse poison interferes with blood clotting so you may see weakness from internal blood loss or visible blood in the urine or stool.


Breathing Problems

Often, cats hide the signs of breathing problems by simply decreasing their activity. By the time an owner notices changes in the cat’s breathing, it may be late in the progression of the cat’s lung disease. There are several causes of breathing changes, but the most common are feline asthma, heart disease, or lung disease.


Foreign Object Ingestion

Many cats love to play with strings or string-like objects (such as dental floss, holiday tinsel, or ribbon), but those strings can be dangerous for your cat. When a string is ingested by a cat, one end may become lodged or “fixed” in place, often under the cat’s tongue, while the rest of the string passes further into the intestine. With each intestinal contraction, the string see-saws back and forth actually cutting into the intestine and damaging the blood supply.


Signs that your cat has eaten a foreign object may include vomiting, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and weakness. Occasionally owners will actually see part of a string coming from the mouth or anal area. You should never pull on any part of the string that is visible; instead, call your veterinary health care team immediately.


Surgery is usually necessary to remove the foreign object and any damaged sections of intestine.


Bite Wounds

Cats are notorious for both inflicting and suffering bite wounds during encounters with other cats. Because the tips of their canine, or “fang,” teeth are so small and pointed, bites are often not noticed until infection sets in, which is usually several days after the initial injury.


Cats may develop a fever and become lethargic 48 to 72 hours after experiencing a penetrating bite wound. They may be tender or painful at the site. If the wound becomes infected or abscessed, swelling and foul-smelling drainage may develop.


You should seek emergency care for bite wounds so your veterinarian can thoroughly clean the area and prescribe appropriate antibiotics. Occasionally, the wounds can develop large pockets called abscesses under the skin that require surgical placement of a drain to aid in healing.


Hit By Car

Cats that spend time outdoors are at a much greater risk for ending up in the emergency room. Being hit by a car is one of the most common causes of traumatic injuries, such as broken bones, lung injuries, and head trauma. You should always seek emergency care if your cat has been hit by a vehicle, even if he or she appears normal, because many injuries can develop or worsen over the following few hours.


Increased Thirst and Urination

Sudden changes in your cat’s thirst and urine volume are important clues to underlying disease. The two most common causes of these changes are kidney disease and diabetes mellitus.


Your veterinarian will need to check blood and urine samples to determine the cause of your cat’s change in thirst and urine. Having your pet seen on an emergency basis for these signs is important because prompt treatment increases chances for recovery. Exposure to certain toxins, such as antifreeze or lilies, will show similar signs, and delaying veterinary care can be fatal.


Sudden Inability to Use the Hind Legs

Cats with some forms of heart disease are at risk for developing blood clots. These clots can sometimes lodge in a large blood vessel—the aorta—where they can prevent normal blood flow to the hind legs. If your cat experiences such a blood clotting episode (often called a saddle thrombus or thromboembolic episode), you will likely see a sudden loss of the use of his or her hind legs, painful crying, and breathing changes.


On arrival at the emergency room, your cat will receive pain management and oxygen support. Tests will be done to evaluate the cat’s heart and determine if there is any heart failure (fluid accumulation in the lungs). Sadly, such an episode is often the first clue for an owner that his or her cat has severe heart disease. In most cases, with time and support, the blood clot can resolve, but the cat’s heart disease will require lifelong treatment.


Upper Respiratory Infections

Cats and kittens can experience a variety of upper respiratory diseases caused by a combination of bacteria or viruses. An upper respiratory infections, or URI, can cause sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, lack of appetite, and fever. In severe cases, it can cause ulcers in the mouth, on the tongue, and on the eyes. More often than not, severe cases are seen in cats that have recently been in multiple-cat environments, such as shelters. Small kittens, or kittens struggling to thrive, are also easily infected and may develop more severe complications, such as low blood sugar.


Sudden Blindness

A sudden loss of vision is most likely to occur in an older cat. The most common cause is increased blood pressure (hypertension), which may be due to changes in thyroid function (hyperthyroidism) or kidney disease. There are some cats that appear to have hypertension with no other underlying disease.


Sudden blindness should be treated as an emergency and your veterinarian will measure your cat’s blood pressure, check blood tests, and start medications to lower the pressure and restore vision.


If you notice a change in your cat’s eyes, whether he or she loses vision or not, you should consider this an emergency have your pet seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.



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Easter Pet Poisons


The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies.

“Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.”

In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop within six to 12 hours of exposure. Early signs include vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and dehydration. Symptoms worsen as kidney failure develops. Some cats will experience disorientation, staggering and seizures.

“There is no effective antidote to counteract lily poisoning, so the sooner you can get your cat to the veterinarian, the better his chances of survival will be,” said Brutlag. “If you see your cat licking or eating any part of an Easter lily, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. If left untreated, his chances of survival are low.”

Treatment includes inducing vomiting, administering drugs like activated charcoal (to bind the poison in the stomach and intestines), intravenous fluid therapy to flush out the kidneys, and monitoring of kidney function through blood testing. The prognosis and the cost – both financially and physically – to the pet owner and cat, are best when treated immediately.

There are several other types of lilies that are toxic to cats as well. They are of the Lilium and Hemerocallis species and commonly referred to as Tiger lilies, Day lilies and Asiatic lilies. Popular in many gardens and yards, they can also result in severe acute kidney failure. These lilies are commonly found in florist bouquets, so it is imperative to check for poisonous flowers before bringing bouquets into the household. Other types of lilies – such as the Peace, Peruvian and Calla lilies – are usually not a problem for cats and may cause only minor drooling.

Thankfully, lily poisoning does not occur in dogs or people. However, if a large amount is ingested, it can result in mild gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Other Dangers to Pets at Easter Time

Pet Poison Helpline also receives calls concerning pets that have ingested Easter grass and chocolate.

Usually green or yellow in color, Easter grass is the fake grass that often accompanies Easter baskets. When your cat or dog ingests something “stringy” like Easter grass, it can become anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach, rendering it unable to pass through the intestines. It can result in a linear foreign body and cause severe damage to the intestinal tract, often requiring expensive abdominal surgery.

Lastly, during the week of Easter, calls to Pet Poison Helpline concerning dogs that have been poisoned by chocolate increase by nearly 200 percent. While the occasional chocolate chip in one cookie may not be an issue, certain types of chocolate are very toxic to dogs. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the greater the danger. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem. The chemical toxicity is due to methylxanthines (a relative of caffeine) and results in vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, an abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, and possibly death. Other sources include chewable chocolate flavored multi-vitamins, baked goods, or chocolate-covered espresso beans. If you suspect that your dog ate chocolate, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately.

Spring is in the air and Easter is a wonderful holiday. Remember that your pets will be curious about new items you bring into your household like Easter lilies, Easter grass and chocolate. Keep them a safe distance away from your pets’ reach and enjoy the holiday and the season.



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5 Signs of a Happy Cat

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Cats are associated with so many things, from nine lives to landing on their feet and sometimes unusual behaviors. If you have feline as a friend, you’ve probably asked yourself what these behaviors mean and how to know when he/she is truly happy. While the answers to these questions are usually easy to find for dogs, they’re not as obvious for cats.

At Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, we’re quite familiar with the many behaviors of cats. Check out the following five signs of a happy cat and take the mystery out of YOUR feline friend’s peculiar nature.

Give us a call at 323-664-3309 if you have any questions about your cat’s behaviors or if you need to schedule an appointment.


You might think this is an obvious sign, but did you know being happy isn’t the only reason that cats purr? Although happiness is usually the most common reason for purring, cats have been known to purr as a result of nervousness, too, with vibrations ranging from 20-140 Hz. If your cat purrs in the place where he/she calls home, it’s safe to assume that he/she is in a state of contentment.


This behavior (which can be described as gently pawing at a surface, one paw at a time) starts when cats are young, when they “knead” against their mothers to stimulate milk production. Of course, once the milk comes and the kitten gets to eat, the behavior becomes associated with a feeling of satisfaction. Many cats maintain this behavior into adulthood and continue to associate it with a feeling of fulfillment, so the next time you see those little paws pressing against your sofa—or your lap—just know it’s just your cat letting you know he/she is happy with you.

Vertical Tail

Most people know that a dog with a wagging tail is a happy dog, but with a cat, the tail doesn’t quite move the same way, so the movements aren’t as easy to interpret. A thrashing tail is a sign of agitation while a puffed up one is a sign of anger, but a vertical tail is most comparable to a dog’s wagging tail. So when you see your cat’s tail in a straight, vertical position, it means he/she is friendly and in a good mood. Vertical tail = happy cat.

 Head Butting

Yes, you read that correctly. Head butting is a sign of a happy cat, too, and a well-known symbol of affection. When cats rub their forehead against a surface, they’re actually marking their territory by releasing facial pheromones, and whatever area is “marked” is considered safe or “claimed.” Whether your cat butts his/her head or maybe just rubs against you, accept it as a symbol of trust and happiness. Give your feline friend a nice scratch on the head to acknowledge the gesture.

 Back Rolling

Since all the vital organs are in the abdominal and chest area, lying on the back—exposing these areas—is the most vulnerable position for an animal to be in. When your cat puts himself/herself in this position, it’s only because he/she trusts you and feels safe in your company. It probably also means he/she wants something from you, too, like more food or water.

A healthy cat is a happy cat! Remember to bring your kitty in to Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital for routine exams and blood work. Being proactive with your kitty’s healthcare helps us find possible health issues early!


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Holiday Pet Safety Tips


It’s that time of year again! Time for holiday parties, decorating, and of course…feasting! Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital in Los Angeles wants to help keep your pet safe from the potential hazards of this season, so we have created the following holiday safety tips to do just that. If you have any questions about these tips, feel free to let us know, and have a happy, joyful holiday with your pet!

Holiday Decorations

That shiny tinsel can add a nice sparkle to a Christmas tree, and those ribbons can add a nice finishing touch to a gift, but before you use these items, think about your pet. Some pets—especially cats—are drawn to these sparkly, stringy decorations and might even chew and eat them. This is one thing you DON’T want to happen. If a pet ingests tinsel, ribbon, or any other long, stringy item, it can result in intestinal blockage, which can only be treated with surgery. Another potentially dangerous decoration is poinsettia plants, which are poisonous to dogs and cats. So if you’ll be using any of these decorations, be extra cautious when your pet is around.

Holiday Gatherings

Will you be hosting a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party at your home this year? If so, consider your pet’s behavior before making a decision about whether or not to leave them out to join in the fun. If your pet has a tendency to misbehave or get nervous around large groups of people, it might be best to leave them in a separate room, away from the festivities. You can also call Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital for overnight boarding so your pet can be in a safe environment during your holiday festivities. If your pet behaves well with people around, still keep an eye on them around your guests. This is especially important if any of your guests are children who may be afraid of pets or who may pull your pet’s fur.

Table Food Do’s and Don’ts

Before sharing your meal with your pet, make sure you know which foods are safe for them and which ones aren’t. On the “naughty” list are any foods that contain chocolate, raisins, macadamia nuts, grapes, or onions. These foods are toxic to pets and can leave them feeling very sick or worse, depending on the amount ingested. For a complete list of poisonous foods for your dog or cat, go to We know the last thing you want is to spend the holidays in an emergency veterinary clinic, so avoid feeding your pet any of these foods. On the “nice” list are cooked white turkey or chicken (no skin or bones), green beans, and chopped apples and carrots. These foods provide a number of health benefits for your pet. Just be sure not to give them too much.

If you have any questions about these holiday safety tips, or if your pet is in need of veterinary care at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital, give us a call at 323-664-3309.

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety


‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.

Talkin’ Turkey
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage Advice
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.

No Bread Dough
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.

Don’t Let Them Eat Cake
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.

Too Much of a Good Thing
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.

A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.



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Pet Allergies

Allergy Test for Pets in Los Angeles

Pets can suffer from allergies, just like people can. However, their symptoms can often include much more than just sneezing and itching. If you’ve noticed your pet scratching or sneezing excessively, you may be wondering if they have allergies. The only way to know for sure is with an allergy test, performed by a veterinarian. As part of our dermatology services here at Los Feliz Small Animal Center, we offer allergy testing for our patients as well as a variety of treatment options…and for the month of September, we’re offering 10% off of all allergy tests! Just mention this ad!

Does My Pet Have Allergies?

Late summer/early fall is the peak time for dog and cat allergies in the Los Angeles area. When an animal with allergies comes in contact with certain allergens, those allergens can affect the skin, digestive system, and respiratory system. These allergens can be both outdoor (pollen, etc.) and indoor (dust mites, perfumes, mold spores, etc.). Some of the most common symptoms of dog and cat allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Itchy and/or red, irritated skin
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive licking of paws or stomach
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Itchy ears and ear infections

If your pet is showing any of these signs, we recommend that you schedule an allergy test at Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital. Once we determine the source of your pet’s allergy, we can provide treatment, which may involve removing the allergens from the environment or changing the diet. Give us a call today at (323) 664-3309 to schedule your pet’s allergy test, and mention this ad save 10%!

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Make Sure They Can Get Home: Check Your Pet’s Microchip

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Is your pet’s microchip up-to-date? If your pet were lost, would an animal hospital or shelter be able to contact you once your pet was found?

It’s important to get your pet microchipped; but it’s just as important to make sure that microchip contains the correct information in order for your four-legged friend to get home.

How does a microchip work?
The microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, is injected by a veterinarian or veterinary technician just beneath your pet’s skin in the area between the shoulder blades. This is usually done without anesthesia, and the experience can be compared to getting a vaccination.

Each microchip has a unique registration number that is entered into a database or registry, and is associated with your name and contact information. If your lost dog or cat is found by an animal hospital, shelter or humane society, they will use a microchip scanner to read the number and contact the registry to get your information.

Make sure you can be found, too
While it may be comforting to know the microchip won’t get lost or damaged, and that it will probably last the pet’s lifetime, the microchip is useless if you’re not updating your contact information with the registry. If your pet has been microchipped, keep the documentation paperwork so you can find the contact information for the registry. If you don’t have the documentation paperwork, contact the veterinarian or shelter where the chip was implanted.

Keep in mind there are more than a dozen companies that maintain databases of chip ID numbers in the U.S. By using AAHA’s Universal Pet Microchip Lookup at, you can locate the registry for your chip by entering the microchip ID number. If you don’t have your pet’s microchip ID number, have a veterinarian scan it and give it to you.

Only about 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back to their owners. Prevent the heartache and ensure your pet has an up-to-date microchip.

Originally published by Healthy Pet.

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The Importance of Pest Prevention

Is your pet protected from fleas, ticks, heartworm, and other parasites? While we, as humans, may think that encounters with parasites of this nature are limited, the same is not necessarily true of our pets! Our animal companions spend their time with their noses to the ground and sometimes lying or rolling on the ground outside. When we track dirt into our homes on our shoes and clothes, our pets will be the first ones to smell it or even lick it. When two animals from different homes greet each other, they will often sniff or lick each other as well.


Our animals’ very natures put them at greater risk for pests. It is our responsibility to ensure that our companions are protected!

The Dangers of Fleas

Fleas are a parasite that lives in your pet’s fur, often congregating around their warmer spots, such as behind the ears, around the neck, and under the tail. A single flea is cause for concern as infestations can develop easily. Many pets can develop allergies to fleas, causing uncomfortable skin conditions, and fleas can easily be passed to other pets in the home, to your furniture, and even your carpet, making your entire family miserable! A flea preventative will keep your pet, and subsequently, your home, flea-free.

The Dangers of Ticks

Ticks are often acquired in wooded areas or areas with underbrush, but they can be found in more populated areas as well. While ticks do not cause infestations, they can be the carriers of very dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease, which can affect both animals and humans. This disease is transferred to the pet after the tick has latched on to their skin. A tick preventative will keep the parasite from latching on long enough to transfer the disease.

The Dangers of Heartworm

How many times have you gone out for an evening walk or sat out on the porch for a few minutes just to come inside and find that you have a dozen mosquito bites? It happens to quickly, often without us even realizing it. The same is true for our pets. For our pets, mosquito bites can lead to even more deadly results as mosquitoes are carriers of the heartworm parasite which affects both dogs and cats.

Ask Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital for Details

Please contact Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital to ask about your pet’s safety from pests. We want to ensure that our patients are always protected!

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Yuck—My Pet Ate Garbage!

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Anytime food preparation is underway, food scraps, wrappers and more end up in the garbage. Inevitably, household animals help themselves to that tempting trash. In the holiday season, decorations become fodder as well.

Why worry? Because people food is not safe for animals. And food isn’t the only risk—animals will eat the most unexpected things. It’s important to guard that garbage can.

“You don’t want your dog to pig out on chocolate or leftover pizza, chicken or turkey—anything with a high percentage of fat can lead to pancreatitis (inflammation and swelling of the pancreas, which can cause permanent damage and be fatal),” says Martha Gearhart, DVM, owner of Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, Pleasant Valley, N.Y. “Raw bones are digestible, but their sharp points are dangerous, and cooked bones are very brittle and can shatter [once eaten].”

The odor of food or blood attracts animals to garbage, sometimes with tragic results—Gearhart’s brother’s dog ate the plastic wrap and Styrofoam tray from a package of meat, killing the dog. “It didn’t show up in the X-ray, but the points from the Styrofoam punctured the lung,” she recalls.

Boredom and separation anxiety can make animals explore trash cans or pounce on decorations, Gearhart says. “Some dogs have a passion for salty, smelly socks!” she notes. “I had one dog that enjoyed knocking down glass ornaments and biting on decorative balls.”

Cats eating tinsel is so common that tinselitis is a veterinary term. “Cats won’t eat tinsel from the garbage can, but will be attracted to tinsel on a tree,” warns Gearhart.

I discovered that myself—my own cat once ate tinsel. I found out when she eliminated it, tangled in balls of poop that she dragged around the apartment. I was lucky to get her to the veterinarian in time for treatment.

Dogs may eat used tampons or sanitary pads, which cause dangerous internal obstructions, Gearhart says.

There is string in a roast or bird, and string is severely dangerous—it causes internal damage. Cats are more likely to eat string than are dogs, notes Gearhart.

Prevention First

Prevention is the best way to protect animals from garbage:

  • Rinse wrappers, containers and packaging before pitching them.
  • Lock garbage under the sink or on the porch.
  • Use trash cans with tight-fitting lids (heavy, self-closing cans for households with large dogs).
  • Move garbage from indoors to well-secured outdoor containers.
  • Put tinsel and breakable decorations high up, out of reach.
  • Put a decorated tree in a room with a door—and keep it closed.
  • Keep dogs away from dangerous and tempting situations.

As Gearhart notes, “I’m all for crate training. They feel better and more secure.”

Protective Measures

If precautions fail, the best thing to do is call your veterinarian, who might have you come in to get a vomit-inducing drug. Or, they may encourage you to induce vomiting, unless the animal ate something sharp, acidic or caustic.

In some instances, your veterinarian might have you wait—it can take up to 5 days for elimination. Regardless, work with your veterinarian to find the best “cure” for your pet.

Here’s to a safe diet, and holiday season, for your animals!

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Originally published by AAHA.

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