Ask Dr. Richards

July 2008 Issue

Ask Elizabeth: 07/08

My kitten, Snapper, recently spent a week in intensive care. He’s fine now, but he was so very sick that we feared he wouldn’t make it. The cause of all his troubles turned out to be a penny. Yes, a penny! Apparently he had eaten one. As we later learned, pennies minted after 1982 are made from zinc, with just a coating of copper. If an animal swallows one, stomach acids eat away the copper…

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