Posts Tagged ‘poison’

Seasonal Risks To Your Pets

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The Fall season brings the potential for new toxins for your pets to encounter. Here is a  review some of the seasonal risks you need to be aware of in order to keep your pet safe. Rodenticides As the weather cools down, vegetation dies off, and crops are harvested, mice and rats will often come inside structures looking for food and warmth. This in turn leads most homeowners to look for ways to remove these unwelcome visitors! If you need to use a rodenticide, use it with extreme care and keep it as far away from your pets as possible….

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Canine Influenza (H3N8)

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Canine Influenzia (H3N8) In the last weeks of September 2005 and continuing into October, numerous warnings to dog owners about a new lethal canine disease swept the Internet. Some of these warnings contained legitimate information while others contained half-truths or information that is simply wrong. We would like to take this time to sort out the facts from the theories from the misinformation. Here is what we hope is a helpful FAQ regarding this relatively new virus that has come to be considered part of the kennel cough complex. What is Canine Influenza?

Halloween Tips For A Safe Holiday With Your Pets

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Halloween Tips For A Safe Holiday With Your Pets: Halloween is a fun time of the year, and it’s natural to want to try to involve your family pet in all the activity. It’s important to keep in mind that not all Halloween activities are fun or safe for pets. A few simple precautions can keep your celebrations fun for everyone in the familyincluding your pets. ID Your Pet Constantly opening and closing doors to hand out candyto trick-or-treaters is a risk. A stressed pet could easily bolt through an open door. For that reason, make sure your pet is wearing his or her…

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The Real Value Of Your Pet’s Annual Exam

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The Real Value of Your Pet’s Annual Exam By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth If you are like many people, you equate your pet’s annual examination with his vaccinations. Indeed, in many cases one visit can serve both functions. Certainly regular vaccinations, heartworm and fecal tests are an important part of maintaining a healthy pet. However, the real value is found in the examination and health history performed by your veterinarian. One way to maximize the value of this visit is to come prepared with a list of questions or observations about your pet. If you have a problem or concern, I…

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Stealing Behavior In Pets

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Stealing: Is Your Dog a Thief? Actions you take when your dog runs off with something of yours can create grave behavior problems in the dog or improve the dog’s training and your relationship. For either result you’ll put in the same amount of time. Knowing what to do lets you shape the outcome. Why Do Dogs Carry Things Off? A dog’s reasons for carrying something are fairly simple, but not always obvious to humans. Dogs have no way of knowing the value things have for us. Money means nothing to a dog. Wild dogs often need to carry food…

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Snake Bite Safety And Prevention For Your Pet

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Snake Bite Safety And Prevention For Your Pet  If you frequently hike or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors with your pet, please take care to prevent painful encounters with snakes. Bites occur most often in between March and October when snakes are most active. A snake bite is always considered an emergency! A venomous snake bite can be fatal if not treated immediately, and even a bite from a nonvenomous snake can be dangerous for your pets.   Avoid chance encounters with snakes: Keep your yard tidy by clearing away undergrowth, toys and tools that make great hiding places for snakes. Keep…

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Top Ten Strange And Interesting Cases

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Top Ten Strange And Interesting Cases: On most days here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital we see typical cases for dogs and cats. Routine exams, Vaccines, Ear infections, Skin issues, Vomiting and Diarrhea, Dentals, Spay and Neuter Surgery are the most routine cases seen on a daily basis. Every once in a while we are called to action on a case that is somewhat strange and interesting! Here is a top ten list of some those cases: #10 – Westie ate a diamond ring! The ring was left on a nite stand before it went missing. X-rays confirmed ingestion of…

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Swimming Pool Safety Tips For Your Pet!

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Swimming Dog? Year-Round Swimming Pool Safety Tips A lap or two around the pool is not only a great way for your dog to cool down, but is also great for burning off that excess energy. However, just like we teach our kids to swim, we may have to give our favorite pooch a lesson or two. In the winter, there are other safety measures that we must take to ensure our pup’s safety. Here’s a few swimming pool safety tips that will keep your dog healthy and happy all year long: 1. Don’t assume that your dog can swim….

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Grape & Raisin Toxicity In Dogs

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Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Dogs Grapes and their dried counterparts, raisins, may seem harmless, but not to dogs. Even small amounts of grapes or raisins can prove fatally toxic for a dog. The problem is that not all raisin and grapes will exert similar results. Moreover, not all dogs will react to the toxic principles of raisin and grapes. What to Watch For: Dogs of any age, breed, or gender may be affected. One of the most serious complications of grape/raisin toxicity is acute (sudden) kidney failure with lack of urine production (anuria). Vomiting and/or diarrhea often occurs within…

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pet

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Hot Weather & Summer Time Tips For Your Pets   We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger! Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat, and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly. Take these simple precautions to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately. Visit the Vet A visit to the veterinarian for a spring…

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