Monthly Archives: March 2019

Easter Toxins for Cats

Easter lilies are deadly to cats.  So why do they eat them? Cats don’t inherently know what plants are poisonous to them.  Just like when someone eats a poisonous mushroom because they thought it was a safe type. Just eating 1-2 leaves or even the pollen can kill a cat! Even smaller ingestions can cause […]

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First Day of Spring

I have heard the birds chirping for the past few weeks, and we have had a taste of spring with a few 60 degree days. These days are great for getting outside with your pets for fresh air and exercise.! With spring comes all kinds of wonderful fresh smells and eats for your dog. Make […]

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Pet Poison Facts: an overview

Ingestion of human medications, vitamins and supplements is the leading cause of phone calls to animal poison hotlines. Let’s review four of the major poisons to animals. Cleaning products Pretty much all your cleaning products are hazardous to your pets.  They should be stored in cabinets that your pet can get into.   Dogs and […]

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Epilepsy in your pets

According to Clinicians Brief February 2019, epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in dogs.  Lifelong administration of anticonvulsant medications is the current mainstay of therapy. Initial therapy is phenobarbital or Bromide.  Phenobarbital is the drug of choice for cats. Treatment is successful in most cases. An exam, bloodwork, urinalysis, and X-rays are done and […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

On this green spring holiday, we would like you to enjoy your day and make sure no one including your pets does any over-indulging! Your pets should never be given alcohol or green colored foods! According to ASPCA these are the two toxins pets are most vulnerable to on St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks can be […]

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The upcoming week is National Poison Prevention Week.

Last week we highlighted chocolate poisoning. This next week we will have some posts about toxins and poisons for your pets and tips to prevent and what to do if they still get into these poisons and toxins. Toxins and poisons are everywhere. Some household pet toxins include: Bleach, Drain, Toilet Cleaner, Dishwasher Detergent, Teflon […]

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Comfort Dogs

Comfort dogs offer entertainment or a welcome distraction from a traumatic event such as tornadoes, hurricanes, depression, domestic violence, school shootings, for example. It’s hard to be sad or lonely when petting a dog.  These dogs do more than just crisis work. The AKC website sites that interacting with animals boosts levels of oxytocin, dopamine, […]

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Have a joyous Thursday

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Happy K-9 Veterans Day

Today is set aside to honor commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history. It was on March 13, 1942, that the army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps,” according to American Humane, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of […]

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So why is chocolate poisonous for dogs?

Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao.  It contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to animals.  When eaten your pet can experience mild to severe symptoms leading to complications and even death. Symptoms include:  vomiting, diarrhea, fever, twitches, rapid breathing, stiff muscles, low blood pressure and seizures. Many don’t realize that […]

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