an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in ve­teri­nary science at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet with Syd­ney An­i­mal Hos­pi­tals In­ner West.

IT’S not un­com­mon for dogs and cats to eat the odd bit of grass, which re­ally isn’t a ma­jor con­cern. Some­times these an­i­mals also throw up grass af­ter eat­ing it.

The ques­tion is, when should we be wor­ried?

When it comes to grass, there’s noth­ing wrong with the oc­ca­sional “chew and spew”. What mat­ters is the con­text. If your pet is oth­er­wise well, main­tains an ex­cel­lent ap­petite and episodes are in­fre­quent, you prob­a­bly don’t need to be con­cerned. If the vomit only hap­pened af­ter you brought home a pot of cat grass, the vomit looks grassy, and your cat is bounc­ing around, then the vomit is prob­a­bly no big deal.

If your pet shows signs of nau­sea – li­plick­ing, drool­ing, food-aver­sion or adopt­ing un­usual pos­tures – you should con­sult your vet. There may be grass in the vomit, but in an­i­mals with nau­sea there is likely an un­der­ly­ing rea­son.

Sim­i­larly, pets that be­come very lethar­gic, suf­fer from an al­tered ap­petite or change in thirst, or those that ex­pe­ri­ence weight loss, should have a check-up. The pres­ence of grass may be a “red her­ring”.

Al­ways con­sult a vet­eri­nar­ian if your pet con­tin­ues to vomit. Re­mem­ber not every plant in the gar­den is safe for pets.

Most grasses are fine, but plants such as lilies can be toxic to cats. Read her blog smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

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