Foods to Avoid

Stuffing

Stuffing is often made with onions or scallions which are toxic to dogs and cats and can cause life threatening anemia.

Large amounts of bread

Large amounts of bread can cause distention of the stomach leading to a “food bloat”. When this happens, we often see abdominal pain, distension, panting, pacing, gas expulsion (via burping or farting), nausea, +/- vomiting or diarrhea. Some dogs require hospitalization and IV fluids to help “move things along”. Make sure to keep the dinner rolls well out of reach to avoid this problem.

Ham

Ham and other fatty meats can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

Turkey bones

Bones can cause severe indigestion in pets. They can cause vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes gastrointestinal obstruction. In some cases sharp pieces of bone can puncture the GI tract causing life threating infection.

Salads with grapes/raisins

Grapes and Raisins are toxic to dogs. Grape toxicity can cause fatal kidney failure so be sure to keep these dishes out of reach!

Chocolate

The rule of thumb with chocolate is “The darker the chocolate, the more toxic”. Keep all chocolate out of reach of pets.

If your pet ingests any of these items call the office or animal poison control immediately! Poison Control – 1-800-222-1222

What to do if your pet develops GI upset after Thanksgiving

If your pet is lethargic, not eating or vomits multiple times call the office. The following instructions are for mild cases of GI upset ONLY, when in doubt, call the office.

 

Remove your pet’s normal food and do not give any treats or leftovers. If your pet is vomiting remove food for 24 hours, but leave water out and accessible. If the vomiting does not resolve- call the office. If the vomiting does resolve you may move on to feeding a bland diet:

The bland diet

1. A bland diet consists of a protein and a carbohydrate.
2. The meat must be boiled, and prepared with no oils or spices. Boiled skinless boneless chicken or turkey, pan fried and thoroughly drained ground beef and unseasoned scrambled eggs are all good choices for protein. You can also purchase canned chicken or chicken baby food.
3. The carbohydrate can consist of boiled white rice, sweet potato or mashed potatoes.
4. Combine ingredients in a 2:1 ratio of starch to meat (e.g., 2 cups rice to 1 cup meat). Cooked diets may be refrigerated for several days or frozen for long term storage.
5. Feed your pet small amounts throughout the day.
6. Feed this diet for 2-3 days, if the diarrhea does not resolve after this amount of time-call the office. After 2-3 days you may begin to SLOWLY transition your pet back to their regular food. Start by mixing ½ regular food and ½ bland diet then slowly increase the amount of regular food and decrease the bland food over the course of the next 5 days.

If your pet’s symptoms return, call the office.

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Royersford Veterinary Hospital is excited to announce our annual pet costume contest! Send us the best picture of your furry friend in their Halloween costume and we will post them on our page! Entries will be judged by the number of “Likes” on their photo. In addition to bragging rights, the winner of the contest will receive a free nail trim or service of equal value!

 

TO ENTER: E-mail us a picture of your pet in costume to RofoVetContest@gmail.com The winner will be announced on Halloween! Good Luck!
Doctor posing next to dog

 

We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Milligan to our amazing staff here at Royersford Vet!  Dr. Milligan received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Maryland in 2013. She then attended the University of Glasgow for veterinary school and graduated with her BVMS in 2018. She has been working in a general companion animal practice since graduating and is happy to join the team at Royersford Vet in 2020. Her particular interests within veterinary medicine include diagnostic imaging and internal medicine. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Be sure to give her a warm Royersford welcome when you see her!

Dr. Worrall

Royersford Veterinary Hospital is proud to welcome Dr. Cynthia Worrall to our staff!  She will begin working with us on July 29th so be sure to stop in and give her a warm welcome to the Royersford family

Dr. Worrall grew up in Pottstown. She received her BS in biology from Albright College in 1993. After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, she returned to Pennsylvania. Since then, Dr. Worrall has been working in private practice. While she enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery, Dr. Worrall has a special interest in preventive medicine and senior care. She likes working with families to ensure that their pets remain as happy and healthy as possible throughout all their life stages.

Dr. Worrall and her husband, Al, have two children, Alex and Cali. In her free time, she can often be found cheering her children on at band competitions and soccer games. Dr. Worrall is an avid reader who also likes to bake and spend time with her three furry kids.