Month: February 2016

Pet-proofing your home is one of the first steps in keeping your pets happy and healthy.  There are common household and yard items that can harm your pet if swallowed and each year, many dogs and cats suffer from accidental ingestion of these substances.  Follow this guide to spot the pet poisons in your home….

Renee D. Schmid, DVM Associate Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology at Pet Poison Helpline Xylitol is a sweetener that is highly toxic to dogs.  Rabbits, cows, baboons and horses have also demonstrated sensitivity, although to a lesser extent.  There have even been anecdotal reports of sensitivity in cats and ferrets, although there is no published data on…

National Poison Prevention Week is officially recognized March 20-26, 2016, but at Pet Poison Helpline, we work 365 days a year to try and help educate pet owners on common pet toxins and how to prevent poisoning emergencies.  We also strive to provide resources for veterinary professionals to make their jobs easier and to help…

By Sharon Billings, CVT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist Well, the excitement of the holidays has come and gone.  Now we all just settle in for a winter of shorter, darker days and, for many of us, cold and snowy weather!  Ho-hum, hum-drum — it’s not everybody’s favorite time of year!  But humans aren’t the only…

By Jo Marshall, CVT, NREMT Senior Veterinary Information Specialist This is the time of year that we all try to make resolutions to get healthier in our lives. Sometimes it is to lose weight and other times it is to stop smoking or to get more exercise.  And that makes this is the time of…