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By: Melanie Jackson Certified Veterinary Technician at Pet Poison Helpline The holiday season is in full swing and gatherings are well under way with family and friends alike. As you trim the tree and decorate your home keep your pets in mind and take steps to keep them safe during the holidays. Each year around …continue reading
By: Darlene Hanenburg Certified Veterinary Technician at Pet Poison Helpline Pet owners learn quickly that their four-legged friends’ illnesses and accidents often don’t coincide with their veterinary clinics’ scheduled business hours. While some health concerns can wait until the clinic opens, assessment and treatment of other health issues should not — or simply cannot — be …continue reading
Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT Associate Director of Veterinary Services, Pet Poison Helpline Myth #1 – Poinsettias are highly toxic to dogs and cats. Although they have a bad reputation, the relative toxicity of poinsettia plants (Euphorbia pulcherrima) has been quite exaggerated. Toxic principle: The most problematic component of the plant are the irritants …continue reading
Cargill’s animal nutrition business today announced a voluntary recall of two of its Nutrena NatureWise poultry feeds due to incorrect levels of calcium. The affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s facilities in Flora, Ill., Oklahoma City, Okla., Abilene, Texas, and Mineola, Texas, between May 1, 2013 and Nov. 21, 2013. Products were sold under the …continue reading
We love the holidays for celebrating some of life’s happiest moments and making memories with loved ones. Dogs and cats love the holidays too, especially when their owners and guests share extra time and pet treats with them. But all the interesting foods and decorations in our homes during the holidays can be irresistible to …continue reading
Pet Poison Helpline has received several questions lately from visitors on whether or not Nutmeg and Cinnamon are toxic to pets. With the holidays just around the corner, and lots of tasty baked goods to bake, Pet Poison Helpline veterinarians have come together to set the record straight on whether or not Nutmeg and Cinnamon are …continue reading
By: Caley Chambers, 2015 DVM Candidate University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Extern, Pet Poison Helpline This is the author’s dog, “Maddie,” a 5 year old female golden doodle. Winter is one of “Maddie’s” favorite seasons. Her favorite outdoor winter activity is to bury her face deep into the snow and repeatedly give herself …continue reading
By: Pamela Huyck Certified Veterinary Technician at Pet Poison Helpline With the shorter winter days and cooler weather upon us, it can be a challenge to get our dogs enough exercise, or even any exercise at all. On those days where we just can’t get out for our daily run or romp at the dog …continue reading
By: Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT Associate Director of Veterinary Services, Pet Poison Helpline Surprise! Xylitol appears in products you’d never suspect. Pet Poison Helpline (PPH) has discovered that xylitol, a sweetener which causes hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis in dogs, is showing up in some very unexpected places. New products on the market such …continue reading
By Dr. Catherine Angle, MPH Staff Veterinarian, Pet Poison Helpline In most dried food items, medications and even shoeboxes there is a little packet placed there by the manufacturer to maintain freshness. The purpose of these little packets is to either reduce moisture in the packaging or to absorb oxygen. Chewing up these little forgotten …continue reading
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