Dear Friend,

In this edition you will find:

Pill Vial Recycling

Grass as Foreign Body

Hot Cars


Grass as Foreign Body

Grass may not make the Top 10 list of gastrointestinal foreign bodies, but the last 2 foreign bodies I have taken to surgery have been grass. Both dogs had some vomiting and diarrhea that improved but then started vomiting again 1-2 days after apparent resolution of symptoms. One was known to have eaten a large amount of grass.

It is normal for dogs and cats to eat a little grass from time to time. Exactly why they do a little grazing I am not sure. I suspect they like the flavor and/or texture. Dogs often eat grass when they have an upset stomach. Again, I do not know why they do this, but it often seems to be more aggressively than when they are just grazing.

Dogs, and especially cats, have relatively short intestines and do not digest plant matter well. Grass passes through the GI tract relatively intact. So if grass balls up in the stomach, it will sit there for a very long time and cause problems. If this ball passes a long piece of grass into the intestine it can cause what we call a linear foreign body. If the ball passes into the intestines, it may not be able to pass through and can cause an obstruction.

So while a small amount of grazing is normal and usually does not cause any problems, if a dog or cat eats a larger amount of grass, serious and life threatening complications can occur. Please keep an eye on your pets and their grass eating habits, especially if they have an upset tummy.

PS: According to VPI, the Top 10 Foreign Bodies removed from dogs in order are: socks, underwear, pantyhose, rocks, balls, chew toys, corn cobs, bones, hair ties/ribbons, and sticks.


Hot Cars

The weather may not be all that warm yet, but the sun is as strong now as it is in mid August. This makes sunburns and hot cars a real consideration on pleasant sunny days.

As we move into warm weather, please be careful when taking your pet with you in the car. Heat stroke can happen very quickly for a dog left in a closed car this time of year. Do not leave your friend unattended in a car parked.


Pill Vial Recycling

There are many parts of the world that are under-served by medicine, both human and veterinary. For these areas we seem to do a better job of getting doctors and medications to the areas than some of the other supplies.

For example, in parts of Africa patients do not have access to pill vials in which to transport their medications. They must carry them in their hands or in other ways in which they can be easily dropped or damaged.

The Roberts Lions Club is teaming up with an organization that is collecting used pill vials. These will be cleaned and sterilized and then shipped to areas in need.

Bobtown Pet Clinic and Corner Clippers have volunteered to be drop off sites here in Roberts. Just bring in your empty pill vials and we will take care of the rest.


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VitusVet

If you have not already done so, please download the Free VitusVet App on your phone and/or computer and register for this Free service.

Through the VitusVet App, you can see your pet's medical records 24/7 and at the click of a button allow any emergency or referral veterinarian to see those records. With your account you can view the records and X-rays from Bobtown Pet Clinic and our recommended emergency hospital AERC of Minnesota.

The service integrates with practice management software and uploads new information throughout the day. Please note that client access to records is delayed by about 24 hours to allow for finalizing the record. Veterinarians have access to the records within 3 hours.

Remember that even if you go to an emergency hospital and have not yet downloaded the VitusVet app, you can do it there and grant permission for them to see your pet's records.

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