Stop! Think Twice Before Putting Out Rat Poison

Stop! Think Twice Before Putting Out Rat Poison

As the weather gets colder, rats and mice are seeking shelter. They enter your home and nest in your garage, attics and even in the walls. In a haste to get rid of them, you go to the nearest store and purchase rat poison (rodenticides). You put out the rat bait strategically where the rats may eat it and die. A few weeks go by and you notice that your dog or cat is eating something. You try to take it out of his mouth, but he swallows it. As you wonder what he just ate, a frightening thought just comes to your mind. Could he have eaten the rat bait I put out? You go back to the places where you’ve placed the rat poison and you see that it is gone. Thoughts are running through your head – maybe the rats ate it. But what if my dog ate it? You call your veterinarian and she tells you to bring Fluffy in right away.

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What You Need To Know About Cat Scratch Disease

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What is cat scratch disease?

Cat scratch disease (CSD) also commonly known as cat scratch fever is an infection caused by the bacterium Bartonella Henselae. It is usually a self-limiting disease followed by a scratch from a cat.

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What does football season have to do with your pets?

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What does football season have to do with your pets?

Fall is here. That means football and game day parties!

Game day parties can be quite exciting – watching your favorite team play, sharing great food and drinks with your friends. Because everyone is having so much fun, it is distracting and keeping an eye on your pets can be challenging. Your pet is an opportunist. This means that when you are distracted and not looking, either your guests will playfully feed your pet or your pet will gobble up any left out yummy treats in a flash. Game day foods are fun and delicious for us, but can be detrimental for your pet.

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Backyard Hazards for Your Pet

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Backyard Hazards for Your Pet

1. Fertilizers: Fertilizers can be toxic to your dog and cat. Before using any fertilizers, read all warnings.  Even organic fertilizers can be harmful when ingested.  Just because they are natural does not mean that it is safe.  For example, blood meal contains nitrogen and iron which can cause intense vomiting and diarrhea.  Bone meal is another organic fertilizer that can make your pet very ill.  The ground bone meal is not toxic in itself, but once ingested it can form a hard ball in the stomach which can cause an obstruction.

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Obesity and Your Pet

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Obesity and Your Pet

Generally, obesity occurs because there is an imbalance of energy intake vs. energy expenditure. Dietary factors such as low quality food, excess snacks or treats, and table scraps all contribute to weight gain. Environmental factors such as lack of exercise also contribute to obesity. Sedentary animals gain more weight than active ones just like people.

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Five Reasons to Keep Your Pets on Flea and Tick Prevention

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Five Reasons to Keep Your Pets on Flea and Tick Prevention

For the past two years, because we did not have a hard freeze during the winter months, most of the fleas and ticks did not die. This year, we are already seeing many pets with flea and tick infestation. Fleas and tick transmit disease and cause ailments when they feed on the blood of dogs, cats, humans and small mammals. Let’s cover some important reasons for flea and tick prevention.

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What is the Stinky Smell on My Pet’s Hiney?

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What is the Stinky Smell on My Pet’s Hiney?

Pet parents often complain about a foul-smelling odor coming from their pet’s anal area. They say that it smells like rotten fish or a heavy metallic odor. If you smell this odor coming from your pet’s bottom, it may be due to your pet leaking anal sac fluid. Sometimes, you may even smell a foul odor coming from your pet’s mouth. This may be due to your pet licking the anal sac secretion leaking from anus.

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Prevent Your Pets from Getting Heat Stroke

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Prevent Your Pets from Getting Heat Stroke

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Heat stroke does not happen just in the summertime. It is commonly seen even in the spring.

What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke is not a stroke as we know it, but a term used to describe elevated body temperature generally over 106 degrees Fahrenheit. When a pet’s internal temperature rises above 106 degrees F and climbs to (107 – 109), multiple organ dysfunction occurs and can be life threatening.

How does a pet get heat stroke?

The most common causes of heat stroke are when a pet is left in a car without proper ventilation or jogging with pets in warm or hot weather. As you will see, heat stroke can happen even in cooler temperatures. Just to give you an idea of how hot your car can get in a short amount of time:

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Cat Care Mistakes for New Cat Parents

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Cat Care Mistakes for New Cat Parents

You got that adorable little kitten for Christmas. Cat lovers should avoid these basic cat care mistakes!

1. Do not let your cat roam free outside. Outdoor cats are subject many potential dangers.
-They can be hit by a car and suffer life threatening injuries.
-They can be attacked by other cats, coyotes, birds of prey or dogs.
-They can catch external parasites (fleas, ticks) and internal parasites (intestinal worms, heart worms, blood parasites).

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Why is My Pet Constantly Itching?

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Why is My Pet Constantly Itching?

An itch, also known as pruritus, is a sensation caused from the irritation of skin cells or nerve cells in the skin. Pets itch for a variety of reasons. The annoying sensation can be caused by:

1. Fleas
2. Skin Mites
3. Environmental allergies (Atopy)
4. Food allergies

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