So why is chocolate poisonous for dogs?

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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March is Tornado Season

According to petfinder.com, the chances of reuniting with a lost pet go up nearly 250% if that dog or cat has a microchip. Without microchips or tags, the identification process can be difficult because of the nature of such injuries. AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) and WSAVA (World Small Animal […]

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A few fun cat facts

Cats don’t like to drink water if food is nearby. Cats have 5 toes on their front paws and only four on their back paws Female cats can reach adulthood by 5 months, while males can take up to one year. Cats spend 30% of waking hours grooming The jaw of a cat cannot move […]

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Happy Saturday

Some fun facts about your cat’s meow! A cat’s meow is communication.  as kittens it’s a way to let the mother know they are hungry or scared.  After the kitten grows up, their meow is used primarily to communicate to us (humans). Feral (wild) cats stop meowing as adults. Cats meowing  at night and early […]

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Fleas

A flea’s life cycle varies from 2 weeks to 2 years.  There are four states of the flea life cycle, therefore it takes more than just 1 month of preventative to stop all these stages.  Here are the four stages: Eggs:  50% of fleas are made up of just the eggs. they can stay dormant […]

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Pet Laws

There are many laws out there and most of us may not realize how many pertain to our pets.  Indiana’s laws are relatively lenient, considering some state even ban ownership of pets such as ferrets.  Indiana has no laws regulating ownership of common exotic animals, such as pet birds, domestic rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and […]

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Boredom signals in your feline

Messing up the house picking fights with other pets eating more and/or eating less excessive grooming—brushing can help this going outside the litter box. being loud Cats sleep an average of 15 hours/day Cats do crave attention, just not as obvious as dogs. Ways to help: Install shelves or an end table by different windows […]

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A few tips to try when your pet is alone everyday.

Dogs do experience loneliness, stress and anxiety just as we do.  If you haven’t already, you should have a plan in place for the time you are away from your pets.  Leaving toys out for your pet to play with while you are gone can be a great distraction for them.  Just make sure that […]

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Brucellosis: What is it!

Burcellosis is an infectious intracellular bacteria caused by the Brucella Canis.  Brucella Canis is a zoonotic organism which means it can be passed from animals to people.   It is a significant reproductive disease in dogs and is found most often in breeding kennels.  The bacteria invades the body via the mucous membranes of the […]

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Happy Sunday

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