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A Veterinary Technician… any other name smells just as sweet

Published on July 5, 2017 and categorized under: Blog,Uncategorized

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 and 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 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

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 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

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 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

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 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Veterinarian Tips

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

What To Do When Your Pet Becomes Lost

Published on April 6, 2017 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

Audra Stillabower, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist The Humane Society of the United States reports that 10 million dogs and cats go missing each year. One in three pets will become lost at some point in their life. Those are scary statistics when you think about your beloved family member. Whether your animal dashes out the …continue reading

The Case of Namari the Wallaby and Lucky Bamboo

Published on March 20, 2017 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

By Bill Ward Candi Amundson knew it was going to be an interesting case when she heard one word: Wallaby. “It was definitely a first for me,” the Pet Poison Helpline Certified Veterinary Technician said with a chuckle. “I even asked, ‘You mean that’s not your pet’s name, that’s the species?’ ” Veterinary associate Dr. …continue reading

A Good End: Gratitude and That One Last Gift

Published on March 14, 2017 and categorized under: Blog,Uncategorized

Renee DiPietro, CVT, Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator Veterinary Information Specialist Puppy waggles and muddy noses bring joy, laughter, and immense fulfillment, igniting love in ways that can be unexpected. These moments evolve into to raucous games of fetch, miles of partnered runs,  hikes in dappled forests, races  down the beach, and long car rides with your …continue reading

Top Ten 2016 Toxins in Dogs and Cats

Published on March 13, 2017 and categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

By Lynn R. Hovda, RPH, DVM, MS, DACVIM Director, Veterinary Services In time for Poison Prevention Week each year, veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline review the prior year’s case records to identify specific toxins resulting in the most consults from pet owners and veterinarians. Some of the toxins are species specific such as lilies in cats …continue reading

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