Spring Pet Poisons: How to Protect Your Pet

Beautiful dog during medical appointmentAlong with great weather, spring also brings a lot of pet toxins and risks. Whether you’re caring for the lawn or firing up the grill, spring pet poisons is a topic every owner should be aware of this time of year.

4 Common Spring Pet Poisons

  • Easter lilies (including tiger and day lily varieties) – These popular blooms are incredibly toxic to cats. They’re one of the most deadly plants your feline can ingest, with all parts being poisonous. Even in small quantities, the result can be kidney failure.

Signs of lily toxicity in cats include: vomiting, drooling, foaming at the mouth, pawing at the mouth, and lethargy. Continue…

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To Smooch Or Not To Smooch: How Healthy Is My Pet’s Mouth?

 

Madison_Schertz_iStock_000044276980_LargeWe’ve all done it from time to time. You arrive home after a long day at work, greeted at the door by your adorable, exuberant pet and you immediately gather him or her up for a hug and kiss. After all, this is how we show our human family members that we love them, and our pets are part of the family too, right?

Although it’s common for pet owners to kiss their pets, is it safe? Are our pet’s mouths healthy? Is it possible to catch or transmit an illness this way? Do our pets even like it when we kiss them? Continue…

Me-OWWW! Signs of Pain in Cats

Schertz_iStock_000084142925_LargeIf you are wondering whether or not your cat is sick or injured, you might just have to get out the old deerstalker hat in order to play detective. Sure, you’ll likely notice signs that your cat has suffered a serious accident, but many indicators of pain in cats can be just as sneaky and stealthy as the very feline you’re trying to understand.

As a companion blog to our previous coverage on pain in dogs, we offer some tips on preventing pain in cats, and when it’s time to get help. Continue…

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Canine Decoder: Signs of Pain in Dogs

Schertz_iStock_000057716606_LargeHas your dog been a little “off” lately? He or she could just be having a bad day, but if there are obvious changes in behavior or preferences, it’s probably more than that. Getting to the root cause of pain in dogs can be tricky, so what signs should you be looking for?

Ruling Out the Obvious

You should know if your dog has sustained a physical trauma such as a fall, animal bite, or car accident. He or she will likely have obvious injuries, such as limping, open wounds, noticeable swelling, or broken bones. It’s critical to be prepared to help your dog in an emergency situation. Dogs in pain are frightened, so extreme caution should be used to prevent further injury to you or your pet. Also contact us immediately for assistance. Continue…