If you got it from the pet aisle, it must be ok, right?
At least once a week at the emergency veterinary clinic I find myself shaking my head and wondering “HOW ARE THOSE PRODUCTS STILL ON THE MARKET???” We constantly see pets in the clinic that require treatment for preventable problems caused by ridiculous "pet" products.
the culprit is short smoked marrow bones.
At first glance they are a seemingly harmless, well enjoyed treat for your canine companion. Don’t let them fool you! The moment your dog gets a little overzealous trying to clean out all the marrow - BAM! It lodges around your pup’s bottom jaw, stuck behind the long canine teeth.
Some dogs handle this situation a little better than others. Some remain calm, while others frantically scrape and paw at their faces causing more harm to themselves by trying to remove the offending bone.
Removal depends greatly on the shape of the bone and the mental state of the dog. Sometimes we can get lucky and can remove them by gently pulling down the skin behind the piece of bone to flatten the chin, while pulling the bone up and off the jaw.
Obviously this requires a calm enough dog and a fairly short piece of bone with a larger opening. More often than not though, the dog will require sedation and the bone may even require removal by bolt cutters or bone cutting equipment.
And for cats...
the culprit is….(drum roll please)….over the counter non-prescription spot on flea treatments. Or, more specifically pyrethrin toxicity.
We’ve all seen it! The cat enters the waiting room in uncontrolled tremors or maybe even full on seizures. Usually the owner will admit they bought a flea product for their dog and they figured it would be ok to put a little bit on their cat too. Or maybe they bought it for their cat not noticing the fine print on the packaging that states “Not for use on cats”.
However it happened, the cat now requires symptomatic treatment with muscle relaxers (we love IV Methocarbamol) and a prognosis which may be dependent on how long and severe the seizures have been.
Both of the above situations will have your patients visiting you at the clinic for treatment and sadly, both are highly preventable. Be sure to educate your clients on these possible dangers that lurk out there on the store shelves waiting for their next victim.