Poisonous Common Foods

While most of us are aware that such substances as antifreeze and rat poison are dangerous to dogs, there are some common kitchen foods that can poison dogs as well. Yeast dough may expand in your dog’s stomach, causing internal injury. Table scraps, sugary foods, fat trimmings, and large quantities of salt can all damage your dog’s health in the …

Heat Exhaustion

It is important to make sure that your pet stays hydrated, so bringing along water is a good idea. To allow access to cold water it can be helpful to freeze water in a bottle and to give it in small amounts as it melts. This works pretty well using the plastic bottles that water comes in except that it …

Foods That Can Kill Your Pet

Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog. Onions: Onions destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia. Chocolate: Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because …

Chocolate Toxicity

Complications from consuming chocolate includes hypothermia, seizures, cardiac arrest, even death. No antidote exists for chocolate poisoning in a dog, however you can try: • Inducing vomiting within two hours of chocolate ingestion blocks its digestion. • Activated charcoal given orally prevents absorption of chocolate during digestion. • Seizure control medications, oxygen therapy, intravenous fluids and other measures mitigate the …

Trick-or-Treat

Happy Halloween Pet Safety Tips! While Halloween is an exciting and fun holiday for children and adults, it’s not a treat for our four legged friends.  The sounds, costumes and trick-or-treaters are disturbing to most pets and cause a great deal of anxiety. The candy treats and decorations can be downright dangerous.  While you’re enjoying this holiday, make sure your …

Aspirin Toxicity in Cats & Dogs

Here is a great article from Pet Adviser on the dangers of Aspirin! By Dr. Pippa Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS, Pets Adviser   When your pet is in pain, it is an understandable temptation to give him an over-the-counter painkiller designed for human use. However, you need to be alert to this fact: Dogs and cats break down drugs in different ways …

Fix Adopt Save

What is Fix. Adopt. Save.? The Alliance for Companion Animals, a coalition of seven animal welfare agencies in Arizona, are working together to spearhead a comprehensive three-year plan to tackle Maricopa County’s homeless animal problem helping both animals and communities in the process. Fix Dramatically increase low-cost and free spay/neuter services available in targeted areas to reduce shelter intake and …

Are your Pets Microchipped and Wearing Identification Tags?

It’s every pet owner’s worst fear: Your pest control service left the gate open and your dog got out.  Maybe your spouse or child left the front door open while carrying in groceries and your cat escaped.  Despite your every attempt to keep them safe, one in three family pets will get lost during its lifetime, and without identification, around …