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Home Away From Home With Your Pet

Published on May 25, 2016
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

Sharon Billings, CVT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist Do you have travel plans for a summer vacation? Do those plans include a brief stop or a long stay at someone else’s home? Are you considering bringing your four-legged family member along? Most likely, your own home has been “pet-proofed” for a long time (congratulations!) but if …continue reading

Quick Spring Refreshers

Published on June 9, 2015
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips

By Candi Amundson, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist at Pet Poison Helpline As we see spring coming close to an end we will be welcoming summer soon! Here are some quick spring/summer time refreshers about flowers, fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, and cleaning products that can cause risk when exposed. Flowers Plants like Iris, Dogwood, Lilacs, Geraniums, Poppies, …continue reading

Deck the Halls with Holiday Plants – But Are They Toxic?

Published on December 22, 2014
Categorized under: Blog,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

By Charlotte Flint, DVM Staff Veterinarian at Pet Poison Helpline Christmas is a busy time of year for us at Pet Poison Helpline!  Of course, we receive many calls about pets eating chocolate and other treats, but we also answer many questions about the toxicity of the festive plants used to decorate the home and …continue reading

Top Five Cat Toxins of 2012

Published on January 30, 2013
Categorized under: Media Releases,Uncategorized

How to keep your feline friend safe in 2013 Sometimes it seems like cats can defy the laws of physics. They have a keen sense of balance and nearly always land squarely on their feet, which contributes to the “nine lives” myth. But cats also have a keen sense of curiosity, which can lead them …continue reading

Keeping Pets Safe this Holiday Season

Published on November 28, 2012
Categorized under: Media Releases,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

The holiday season is a magical time to reconnect with family and friends, deck the halls, and celebrate the spirit of giving. Most pets seem to enjoy the holidays too and some are lucky enough to get their own stocking stuffed with new toys and treats. But fun times can quickly turn to tragedy when …continue reading

Protecting Pets from Poisons in the Yard and Garden

Published on May 7, 2012
Categorized under: Media Releases,Pet Safety Tips,Uncategorized

After an unseasonably warm winter, many gardens and yards around the country are growing and blossoming well ahead of schedule. Outdoor enthusiasts who are also pet owners are delighted with the early onset of spring, enjoying their outdoor living spaces while watching their pets run and play. The veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison …continue reading

Complimentary Continuing Education for Veterinarians 6/13/2012

Published on January 13, 2012
Categorized under: Continuing Education,Professional Events,Uncategorized

Join Dan Keyler, PharmD, FAACT (Pet Poison Helpline’s Herpetologist and Senior Clinical Toxinologist) and Lynn Hovda, RPh, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Director of Veterinary Services) for a free, two hour continuing education program.  This program will cover venomous snakes, spiders and poisonous plants found in our Minnesotan backyards.  Identification of venomous creatures and plants will be …continue reading

Complimentary Continuing Education for Veterinarians 12/08/2011

Published on November 10, 2011
Categorized under: Continuing Education,Professional Events

Join Pet Poison Helpline’s Drs. Ahna Brutlag and Justine Lee as they discuss some common toxins seen around the holidays poisonous to cats and dogs, including: poinsettias, lilies, mistletoe, alcohol, unbaked bread dough, grapes, raisins, fatty table scraps and human medications.  Underlying mechanism of action, clinical signs and treatment will be reviewed for each listed above. Title: Common …continue reading

Are mushrooms poisonous to dogs?

Published on May 26, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

While most mushrooms are generally considered non-toxic, certain types can be very dangerous. One of the most dangerous is the Amanita phalloides or “death cap,” which is found throughout the United States. The proper identification of mushrooms is very difficult, and can only be done appropriately with a mycologist (fungus expert!). Therefore, it is wise …continue reading

Are Poinsettias Poisonous to Cats & Dogs?

Published on February 24, 2011
Categorized under: Pet Safety Tips

Though they have a bad rap, poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) plants are only mildly toxic to cats and dogs. Sources: During the holidays, Poinsettias are a popular Christmas plant. Mechanism of action: The milky white sap found in poinsettias contains chemicals called diterpenoid euphorbol esters and saponin-like detergents. While poinsettias are commonly “hyped” as poisonous plants, …continue reading