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Common Flea and Tick Toxicity Questions and Answers

Published on September 19, 2017
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

Audra Stillabower, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist Here at Pet Poison Helpline, we receive a large amount of calls every season relating to common flea and tick products. A lot of these questions are similar in nature and I would like to address some of these questions to help in a potential toxicity situation. Q:  I …continue reading

Enrichment for House Cats

Published on August 30, 2017
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Renee DiPietro, CVT Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator Since Ancient times we have held the domestic cat (felis domesticus) as a beautiful and noble companion, a reliable pest eradication system and even as an object of worship. The joys of sharing our lives with cats are many. One attribute of cat behavior is their independence when compared …continue reading

Marijuana Toxicity in Pets

Published on July 17, 2017
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

Audra Stillabower, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist With its legalization in various states across the United States, marijuana is becoming very common in households for medicinal purposes. In fact, over the past 6 years, Pet Poison Helpline has experienced a 448% increase in marijuana cases. Here’s what you should know about marijuana ingestion in pets. Marijuana …continue reading

Cat “Purr”sonalities

Published on July 13, 2017
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By Kia Benson, DVM Associate Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology The advent of the Internet brought us a boom in cat videos across the world, and an increase in the attention we pay to cats. Cats have become the number one pet in America according to sheer numbers. Yet time and time again I hear about and …continue reading

A Veterinary Technician…..by any other name smells just as sweet

Published on July 5, 2017
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Michelle Willis, CVT, RVT Veterinary Information Specialist Here at Pet Poison Helpline we have over 50 Credentialed Veterinary Technicians that make up our staff. Not only are we (obviously) animal lovers, but we have all committed ourselves professionally to the field. We have all endured rigorous formal education, extensive clinical hours and several licensing tests …continue reading

Exotic Hybrid Cats and Their Hidden Dangers

Published on June 30, 2017
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Facts,Uncategorized

By Kia Benson, DVM Associate Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology The tigress crouches as she stalks her prey, her eyes dilated to take in the sparse light of a cloudy night. Closer and closer she moves on silent, padded feet. Her prey shows no awareness of its danger. Suddenly, she pounces, administering the killing neck bite and …continue reading

Lead Toxicity: It’s for the Birds!

Published on June 23, 2017
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Renee DiPietro, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is dying in our wetlands, plains and uplands on a daily basis.  The issue is lead in the environment.  This heavy metal is highly toxic to birds and is killing our nation’s carnivorous birds, water fowl, and ground dwelling birds at …continue reading

What’s New In Flea / Tick Control? Battling Bugs with Tasty Tidbits

Published on May 5, 2017
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Sharon Billings, CVT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist Here in the upper Midwest, Spring has finally sprung!  And while we’re rejoicing in the longer days and milder temperatures we know that the dreaded “flea and tick” season is upon us (yes, we do get a bit of a break as a silver lining for enduring those …continue reading

Post-Easter Breakdown!

Published on April 27, 2017
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By Jo Marshall, CVT, NREMT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist Holidays are busy in a poison control center. I know that is odd but it is the way it is here at Pet Poison Helpline. It seems that when we celebrate, our pets do, too! Usually these pet celebrations are unplanned invasions of the trappings of …continue reading

7 Garage and Shed Toxins

Published on April 18, 2017
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Candi Amundson, CVT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist Spring has sprung and many of us are doing lots of spring cleaning which includes the garage or shed. Often times we will put products that are not safe to keep in the house out in the shed or garage where it is not as easily accessible. Here …continue reading