Dog Ate Clumping Cat Litter - Vet’s Advice On Dog that Ate Clumping Litter


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My dog ate clumping cat litter, what do I do?

Many dogs will get into the litter box and eat cat feces. It is a common joke among many and they often refer to cat feces as dog "tootsie rolls". To try to minimize this problem, prevent your dog from having access to the litter box. This can be done by giving your cat access by kitty door to a room that your dog doesn't can go in. This can be as simple as keeping one room in your home closed with a kitty door with only cat access or putting up a baby gate that you cat can jump to provide cat only access. You can also place it high in an area your dog can't jump to but make sure it is comfortable and easily accessible to your cat.

If a dog eats enough, it is possible for the litter to cause constipation or a gastrointestinal obstruction. If your dog is vomiting, reluctant to eat or has a loss of appetite, acting lethargic, or straining to defecate, please see your veterinarian to determine if the ingestion of clumping cat litter is causing a problem in your dog.

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.