What To Do If My Cat Ate Glass Ornaments: How Do I Treat

March 9, 2011 | Healthy Cat | Leave a Comment |

Glass can be lethal because of its sharp and hard edges. These edges could scrape the walls of the digestive tract or, worse, puncture and lacerate these soft and thin walls.

Dog Ate Glass

  • Thus, it is always important to do preventive measures than to help find a solution to the problem. However, this is easier said than done as the owners could not follow their dogs every time.
  • Also, there are times when glass objects may not seem harmful ??” as in Christmas tree ornaments ??” but could be ingested by the naturally inquisitive dog.

Dog Ate Glass Ornament

  • Glass ornaments are very common during the holiday season when people hang décors on the Christmas tree. There are also many glass ornaments that people can display in their homes.
  • However, the dog could take interest on the ornaments, playing with them or deciding to eat them for no reason at all.
  • Because glass ornaments are small, the dog can easily bite and swallow them. If the dog is lucky, the ornament will not break but will just pass through the digestive tract. However, this is not always the case. In fact, more often than not, the ornament breaks in the mouth or along the digestive tract.

My Dog Ate Glass

  • Owners should not punish the dog for eating glass.
    It will only be afraid of the owner and resist treatment.
  • Do first aid treatment and observe the dog for days.
  • Take cotton balls and dip in cream to soak them. Allow the dog to eat the soaked balls. These will ideally remove the shards from the tract.
  • However, it is still best to bring the dog to a vet who can perform X-ray and other diagnostic procedures to determine the location of the shards or whole glass. The vet will also provide treatment or perform surgery to remove the glass.

What To Do

  • Take cotton balls and dip in cream to soak them. Allow the dog to eat the soaked balls. These will ideally remove the shards from the tract.
  • However, it is still best to bring the dog to a vet who can perform X-ray and other diagnostic procedures to determine the location of the shards or whole glass. The vet will also provide treatment or perform surgery to remove the glass.
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Some cats just can’t resist holiday plants, especially the Christmas tree. The concern is not only to preserve the tree, its decorations, and the presents underneath until Christmas day, but also the health of the cat as well.

Cat is Eating Christmas Tree:

  • The type of tree used determines the potential harm it can cause the cat.
  • Fir trees are considered mildly toxic and its oils can be irritating to the mouth.
  • Tree water is dangerous for a cat because of the amount of chemicals used to keep the tree healthy.
  • Plastic or artificial trees are equally dangerous because of the possible chemicals released after ingestion of the artificial tree material.
  • Blockage or rupture of the gastrointestinal system is another complication that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The severity of blockage or rupture depends on the amount the cat ingested.
  • When cats eat the ornaments and other decorations on the tree, the danger of health risks becomes higher.

Cat Chewing Christmas Tree:

  • Pica is defined as the eating of inappropriate objects.
  • Cats can eat inappropriate objects for many reasons.
  • Stress and anxiety is the most common cause why cats may eat the Christmas tree.
  • A nutritional deficiency may cause the cat to eat the Christmas tree.
  • Teething may cause the cat to inappropriate objects to relieve discomfort from this process.
  • Cats suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders are also known to eat inappropriate objects.

What to Do if Cat Chewing Christmas Tree

  • Cat-proof the Christmas tree.
  • Anchor the tree so that the cat can’t knock it over.
  • Place ornaments on the top two-thirds of the tree.
  • Apply natural deterring agents to keep the cat from eating the tree and its ornaments such as lemon, vinegar, and even Jalapeno pepper juice.
  • Do not give the cat access to the Christmas tree.
  • Do not leave the cat alone near the Christmas tree.
  • If ingestion occurs, the dog should be observed for any abnormal signs and symptoms as well as any changes in behavior or eating habits.
  • If symptoms persist, see a veterinarian for further treatment.

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