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7 Simple Tips To Follow If Your Pet Is Poisoned

Remember Your Pets During Poison Prevention Week

March 15-21 marks the 53rd anniversary of Poison Prevention Week. Poison prevention is serious business and over the decades the information distributed via the American Association of Poison Control Centers has no doubt saved many lives. This information had for many yearspet poison prevention been directed at families especially those with children, but did you know that there are 24/7 Animal Poison Control Hotlines?

Springtime can be especially dangerous as pets may ingest or come in contact with gardening products like insecticides, weed killers and toxic plants.

Many human medications such as pain relievers, antidepressants, ADD/ADHD medications, sleep aids, muscle relaxants and heart medications are toxic to pets. Human foods like chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, unbaked bread dough, sugar free gum and more are toxic to your pets.

So what should you do if your pet is poisoned?

1. Remain Calm

2. Remove your pet from the area

3. Check to make sure your pet is breathing and acting normally

4. Do NOT give your pet any home remedies or induce vomiting

5. Call a Pet Poison Control Hotline (listed below)

6. If veterinary care is necessary call your vet immediately

7. Collect and have on hand any material involved and a sealed bag of anything your pet may have vomited or chewed as this can be very helpful to your vet if treatment is necessary.


pet poison preventionIn the event of a poison emergency don’t want to wait till symptoms arise. It is important to take action immediately.  Many poisonings can have serious or life threatening outcomes. While prevention is the best cure it is worthwhile to have Pet Poison Control numbers handy should a poisoning occur.




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Ticks and Your Pet

What Are Ticks? Ticks are external parasites that feed on the blood of host animals such asticks your dog. They usually require three feedings to complete their life cycles.

How Are Ticks Transmitted to Dogs?

Ticks are most active from spring through fall and live in tall brush or grass, where they may attach to dogs playing on their turf. These parasites prefer to stay close to the head, neck, feet and ear area. In severe infestations, however, they can be found anywhere on a dog’s body.

How Do I Know if My Dog Has Ticks?

Ticks are visible to the naked eye. If you spot one, it is important to take care when removing tick on dogit. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol and pluck the parasite with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head and other body parts. Since it may only take a few hours for disease to be transmitted from an attached tick, it is ideal for your dog to be evaluated by a veterinarian soon after any  are found  on your pet.

What Are Some Complications Associated with Ticks in Dogs?

  • Blood loss
  • Anemia
  • Tick paralysis
  • Skin irritation or infection

These parasites can also transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, all of which can cause serious complications and are potentially fatal without prompt and proper treatment.

How Can I Prevent Tick Infestation? 

Many of the same products on the market that treat fleas also kill ticks and protect against future infestation. Speak to your vet to select the best product for your dog.
The key to any successful tick control program lies in your own backyard. Ensure a tick-free lawn by mowing it regularly, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to rodents by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.

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4 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Pet’s Teeth Clean

Is brushing my pet’s teeth really that important? Yes! Keeping your dog or cat’s teeth clean can pet sitter with cat and dog checks for heartwormssave you money, keep them healthier and stave off bad breath. Let’s face it, even when your pet’s teeth are clean their breath doesn’t smell like roses but when the smell changes to something worse it can be a major problem.

Poor pet dental health can lead to periodontal disease which can lead to all kinds of serious health issues.

Click here to visit the AVMA-American Veterinary Medical Association’s website where you can watch short videos on how to brush your pet’s teeth as well as a video that explains what periodontal disease is and how you can prevent it!

Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is really pretty simple. There are products on the market for brushing their teeth with, products you just squirt in their mouth and even products you can put in their drinking water that all help to keep their teeth clean and can delay or eliminate a trip to the vet for a costly and traumatic cleaning procedure (I mean really, what pet likes to go to the vet?).  February is National Pet Dental Health Month so what better time to implement a brushing routine so get brushing people!

Simple tips for keeping your pet’s teeth clean

1. Choose a product- tooth paste, mouth rinse, water additive

2. For tooth brushing use a small amount on a pet toothbrush and gently lift your pets lips. dog dental careGently brush the side teeth and then the front teeth.

3. Be patient and take your time. Start with brushing once a week and work up to two to three times per week. This gives your pet time to adapt. If you have a puppy start right away as they will adapt pretty quickly.

4. Keep plenty of fresh water available as many pets will drink after eating which helps to rinse off a lot of food or treat particles.