Article written by: Ahna Brutiag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT & Renee Schmid, DVM
During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is easy to let your guard down when it comes to preventing toxic exposures to your pet. While the holidays bring more challenges to the already difficult winter months, we cannot forget about outdoor toxin concerns frequently seen this time of year. Below is a list of holiday-related decorations, plants and food items that the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline recommend keeping away from pets.
What is 'Check The Chip Day' you ask? August 15th is a day to raise awareness with pet owners to register and update their pet's microchip. Though many Americans have their pets microchipped, only about 60% are actually registered or have up-to-date information in the microchip registry.
Heartworm disease is a life threatening parasitic disease caused by a long, thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected cats and dogs. The disease is spread by mosquitoes that bite a dog or cat with the Heartworm infection and then passes it on to another dog or cat. The microscopic worms in the infected dog or cat will grow into a parasite exceeding a foot in length. The disease impacts the lungs, arteries of the lungs, and the heart. Symptoms include tiring, coughing, weight loss, and heart failure.
Summer is the perfect time for you and your pup to take advantage of the nice weather. From camping and road trips to family get-togethers and parties with friends, there is no shortage of fun to be had. With the heat being a factor for everyone, it is important to keep your dog cool and comfortable during these summer months. Here are four hacks for dog owners to keep your furry friend cool this summer.
The 4th of July is a time of celebration! Between grilling on the BBQ, festive neighborhood parades and the after-dark firework shows, this time of year is a blast. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that you and your pet have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July.
To most pet owners, the return of spring and summer is a joyous occasion. The opportunity to spend quality time with your pet outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. Just be sure to watch out for some sneaky critters waiting to feast on your pet's blood!
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The summer months are here and your pet is likely to spend more time outside. Sooner or later, you might find yourself fighting off fleas and ticks.
In support of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day on May 13th we compiled the below tips to help you and your pet be much more prepared in case a disaster hits. When an emergency strikes, pets depend on their pet parents to protect them and prepare them for disasters, including having enough food, water, supplies, and moving them out of the house quickly/safely if needed. The situation can be stressful and scary for everyone, but with these tips you can have a disaster plan in place that ensures you and your pets are healthy and safe.
Since it is heartworm awareness month we thought we would discuss heartworm disease in cats. Yes, cats. Most people may not think that their cat can get heartworm disease and may not bother using heartworm preventive for their cat. The truth is, cats can get this devastating infection just like dogs can and even indoor cats are susceptible. One study found that close to 30% of heartworm positive cats were strictly indoors! Mosquitos transmit heartworm infection, and how many times do we find those little buggers have gotten in the house?