I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!
Pets usually don’t say no to food, and at Thanksgiving, the temptation is often too great to resist, even for the most well behaved pets. In addition, many of us have relatives who cannot help themselves from feeding the pets. Astute pets can find a way to steal food or get into the garbage amidst a house full of people.
This very incident actually happened in my home several years ago. Despite over 40 people in my home, my astute Standard Poodle managed to steal and consume an entire pound of cheese off of the coffee table. How did no one notice? How did he do it silently and leave not a single crumb?
Though he suffered no ill effects, many pets cannot tolerate rich holiday foods or abrupt changes in their diets. Pets often develop diarrhea, vomiting and gas from such indulgences. Some pets may become so sick that they need medical attention or even hospitalization. Many others can be managed more simply.
For immediate relief, I recommend applying digestive blend essential oil . This blend of essential oils is safe for both dogs and cats and eases diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and gas. Simply put 1 drop of digestive blend in your palm, rub your hands together and pet your pet anywhere on his or her body 1-4 times daily as needed. Also, withhold food for 12-24 hours. Then, start a bland diet offered in small, frequent meals. If signs of digestive upset continue, call your veterinarian.
For additional tips and more information about using essential oils and natural health for your pets, please refer to my book, SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats, available directly through the Animal Hospital of Hasbrouck Heights or on the SpOil Your Pet website. To obtain doTerra pure essential oils, call me at 201-288-7800.
I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Mia K. Frezzo, DVM