The 9-1-1 on Xylitol Dangers for Pets

Many of us know that chocolate is toxic to pets, especially to our dogs. But there is a relatively new ingredient in many products that you might not even know about. This sugar substitute, called Xylitol, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause hypoglycemia, seizures, and even death, if not treated aggressively and quickly.

Schertz Animal Hospital explores Xylitol dangers, how to recognize the signs of toxicity, and where to find Xylitol in your home.

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Essential Oils, a Leading Cause of Pet Poisoning Cases

Brown bottle of essential oil with dropperWhether it’s laundry detergent, air freshener, perfume, or cologne, we are exposed to various scents wherever we go. Some people really like it, others are allergic, and the same goes for our furry friends. Most fragrances aren’t toxic to pets, but products containing essential oils have a potent mix of dangerous substances. The public has widely embraced diffusers, but less is known about their potential place in the case of a pet poisoning.

Good for Health

Essential oils have long been touted for their healing properties. Anxiety, depression, and more can be relieved with some relaxing scents, while other oils can have a rejuvenating or energizing effect on people.

Derived from plants, these highly concentrated oils are either distilled or cold-pressed. As a result, certain essential oils can have negative effects on animals exposed to them. Continue…

Through Another’s Eyes: All About Dog Vision

Schertz_iStock_000017904978_LargeDo you ever sit back and wonder how your dog sees the world? Is it in black and white? Do they see similarly to us? Or, is it a whole different ballgame? Keep reading to learn how your canine companion sees the world and how dog vision is different from our own.

All About the Rods and Cones

In the back of our eye, we have cells called rods and cones. Cones perceive the different wavelengths of different colors as they enter the eyes, resulting in our ability to see color. Continue…

Avoiding Pet Emergencies Through Preventive Care

Schertz_iStock_000015133785_LargeEach year, many of us make our routine doctor’s appointments or the annual “check-up”. During this exam, we often are weighed, our blood pressure is taken, and other standard tests we have come to expect are included. While it may not be the most exciting of things to attend to, we do it because we believe in the efficacy and value of preventive care and to avoid emergency or serious health situations. And, thankfully we have such diagnostic tools to help us stay our healthiest.

This same approach can also be applied to our pets. Pet preventive care also encourages annual exams and diagnostics. Preventive care can be correlated with a reduction in pet emergencies and the sudden onset of serious health complications. And, it is also paramount to giving our pet the best chance for optimal health and longevity. Continue…