Posts Tagged ‘toxin’

10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree

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10 Steps To Help Create A Pet Safe Christmas Tree Millions of families will have Christmas trees in their homes. Glittering towers of beauty that can pose a threat to your pets. Before you put the tree up, take a few moments to go over some safety precautions. 1. Choose the Right Spot! Pick an area where the tree can be enjoyed by the family but also where it is not in the way of activity where it can be easily knocked over. An area by the wall or in a corner is ideal and out of the traffic flow…

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Holiday Hazards To Pets

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Holiday Hazards To Pets Holidays may be festive, but for most of us they are far from peaceful!  Left unattended, pets can get into mischief and serious trouble, so don’t forget to be prepared to protect your pets from these holiday hazards. Dangerous Foods Most people know about chocolate’s potential to be poisonous, but also make sure to keep pets away from sugar-free candy and gum (which may contain xylitol), raisins and macadamia nuts (often found in trail mixes, cookies, and candy), grapes, bread dough, coffee, and alcohol. “Other” Foods Remember to ask well meaning friends and relatives to avoid…

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10 Household Plants That Are Dangerous To Your Pets

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10 Household Plants That Are Dangerous To Your Pets Here is a list of 10 common household plants that are toxic to your pets. Please stay informed so you are able to protect your pets from potential dangers! If your are concerned that your pet has ingested and type of poison substance please contact your Vet immediately! Asparagus Fern Asparagus fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern, and lace fern) is toxic to dogs and cats. The toxic agent in this plant is sapogenin—a steroid found in a variety of plants. If a dog or cat…

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Antifreeze Toxicosis & Your Pets

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What Is Antifreeze Poisoning? Most antifreeze solutions contain high levels of ethylene glycol, an ingredient that, once metabolized, is extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Pets are often attracted to the liquid because of its sweet taste. Even small amounts can be lethal to animals. A cat that walks through spilled antifreeze and then licks its paws may ingest enough to be fatal. As little as 2.5 tablespoons of antifreeze could kill a 20-pound dog. Once ingested, ethylene glycol is quickly broken down in the liver to other substances that can lead to kidney failure and death within 12 hours…

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Xylitol Toxicity – How it affects your pets!

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Xylitol Toxicity – How It Affects Your Pets! Sugar substitutes are big business. Less sugar can mean weight loss, improved health, diabetic control, and even reduced tooth decay. The quest for products that can sweeten and cook like sugar is ongoing. Xylitol is common sugar substitute, especially when it comes to sugarless gum. Not only does xylitol offer sweetness without Calories, it also has antibacterial properties in the mouth so as to reduce periodontal disease and has been found to have far reaching health benefits in other areas of the body. Xylitol may help with osteoporosis, prevention of ear and…

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Fire Safety For You & Your Pets

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We never expect a fire to affect our lives, to take our homes, or endanger our lives. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared in the event that it does. When fires occur many families are left without homes, dogs are left without families, or worse, in the heat of the moment beloved family pets are perishing. A little preparation goes a long way. Knowing in advance what to do if tragedy strikes can not only mean the difference between your own life and death, but that of your dog as well. 1. Practice! It might seem a little…

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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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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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