The holidays are here, and we want to be sure that you and your pets have a happy, healthy start to the New Year. While this time of year is often fun and exciting, many seasonal traditions and activities may pose a risk to your family pets. Be on the lookout for the following holiday pet dangers… Read the rest of this entry »
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One of the most common problems seen in the average veterinary practice is ear infections in pets. Many dogs and cats suffer from this uncomfortable condition, and chances are that your veterinarian sees several cases a day. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who has visited the vet’s office in the days following a holiday can tell you that they are some of the busiest days of the year. Thanksgiving pet safety tips can help you avoid this hassle. Read the rest of this entry »
On a hot day, or after a strenuous round of play or exercise, it’s common to see our pet’s drink a lot of water at a high rate of speed. In fact, many of us are conditioned to encourage our pets to drink their fill without any thought of “enough is enough.” After all, hydration is key to survival in the animal kingdom and the body will instinctively know when to stop, right? Not always… Read more about water intake for pets. Read the rest of this entry »
Caring for your pet’s health is one of the primary responsibilities of pet ownership. Regular wellness visits to your veterinarian, having your pet spayed or neutered, and keeping your cat or dog current on his or vaccinations and preventatives are the staples of keeping your pet healthy.
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls … There are lots of scary things lurking in the shadows this Halloween. Thankfully, none of them are really a risk toward Halloween safety. There are, however, some Halloween pet hazards that you should still be on the lookout for. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that many of the plants and bulbs you may be planting for the months ahead can be toxic to your pets? Caution should be taken to ensure that your pet remains healthy and safe, both through fall and in the months ahead.
Poisonous Plants and Toxic Bulbs
To keep your pet safe, both while planting and as spring begins to bloom, know what is toxic to your dog or cat. The following list includes common bulbs, plants and flowers that can be toxic to your pet:
While this is not an exhaustive list, these are common plants that can be found in many yards and gardens throughout the year.
Protecting Your Pet
Thankfully, you don’t have to forego gardening to keep your pets safe from the plants and flowers you want to grow. Keep the following tips in mind while planting, and you should be able to avoid a problems.
- Keep your pet indoors while planting, since many dogs will be inclined to dig up what you’ve planted. To avoid temptation, simply remove your pet from the area.
- Cover bulbs and starts with mulch for the winter.
- Fence off the area where toxic plants grow, especially while the dirt is fresh.
- Try to plant toxic plants and flowers in areas your dog is not likely to spend much time, like the front yard.
Common Symptoms of Pet Poisoning
One of the most important parts of saving your pet from a tragic fate is recognizing the signs that he or she has been poisoned. The following symptoms should be treated as a pet emergency, especially if there is evidence that your dog or cat has consumed a toxic substance:
- Sudden and excessive vomiting and diarrhea
- Pale gums
- Excessive thirst or urination
- Increased, frantic breathing or panting
- Uremic breath (breath smelling of urine)
- Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
- Elevated heart rate
- Weakness or lethargy
If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms, please call us for an emergency consultation immediately.
If your pet has gotten into something toxic, try to remain calm. If your pet is not presenting emergency symptoms, take a moment to review the Pet Poison Helpline website for a complete list of pet toxins and their symptoms. You can also call the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-800-213-6680.
If your pet has ingested a toxin or is showing signs of poisoning, please call us immediately for an emergency consultation.
Please, don’t wait to get your pet help. The sooner we can flush the toxins from your pet’s system, the better the chance he or she has for a full recovery.
Pets are living longer than ever today. That’s good news in the senior pet care world.
If your cat is allowed outdoors, then keeping your kitty safe should be a priority. The following tips should help keep your cat healthy and safe, both in your yard and on the go.