Month: January 2015

By Catherine Angle, DVM Staff Veterinarian at Pet Poison Helpline Every year people open their homes to their friends and loved ones to watch the Super Bowl. As your house is filled with people, paper plates and plastic cups will likewise be filled with food and beverage and left on coffee tables, laps, and in…

By Heather Handley, DVM Staff Veterinarian at Pet Poison Helpline Most soaps and detergents contain chemicals called ionic and anionic surfactants. When a small amount of such products are ingested, it is possible for pets to respond to the unpleasant taste or to have mild, self-limiting gastrointestinal upset (drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea). However, a new…

By Candi Amundson, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist at Pet Poison Helpline Antifreeze Antifreeze can leak from a car radiator on the ground. Some animals are unfortunately attracted to this due to the sweet smell and taste. This chemical is absorbed very rapidly once ingested. There is a narrow margin of safety when animals ingest this…

By Jo Marshall, CVT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist ARGH! Winter time boredom for both dogs and people has set in! Not to mention the -40 degree wind-chill temperatures that we are anticipating here in Minnesota this week resulting in school closures along with dashing any hope of outdoor activity for man or beast. So we…

By Cassie Panning, CVT Veterinary Information Specialist at Pet Poison Helpline For many of us our pets are a part of our family. We bring them along on vacations or car rides, provide them with the best foods available and even treat them to spa days at the groomers.  But are you prepared to provide…