Thursday, August 25, 2016

8 Common Human Medications You Should NEVER Give To Your Dog

pet poison human medication

Last fall we published a list of 3 common medications that you should never give to your dog (or cat) (Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Acetaminophen) . We decided to add some more less common (but no less dangerous) human medications to that list!


Just remember that a medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets!! And although this may be the list of the medications about which the APCC (ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center) receives the largest numbers of complaints, remember that any human medication could pose a risk to your pets – not just these ones.

Also, remember that these ingredients are sometimes branded without the component itself. Tylenol, for example, contains Acetominophen, so it is also poinsonous to pets.

1. Tramadol -  Tramadol (Ultram®) is a pain reliever. Your veterinarian may prescribe it for your pet, but only at a dose that's appropriate for your pet – never give your medication to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian! Too much tramadol can cause sedation or agitation, wobbliness, disorientation, vomiting, tremors and possibly seizures.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Heartworm Disease in Dogs - 5 Myths You Might Have Heard

Dog Heartworm


Mosquitoes can cause all sorts of problems for humans: malaria, West Nile virus and Zika virus, to name a few. But we tend to forget that they can also cause a major health issue for our pets: heartworm disease. There’s a lot of false and misleading information out there about the condition, and some dog owners may not realize just how serious heartworm disease can be.


“Some pet owners I meet aren’t quite sure what heartworms are. And if their dogs don’t spend large amounts of time outside, they think they don’t need to worry about heartworm preventive. So misinformation is still a concern,” veterinarian Dr. Karen Todd-Jenkins says.

To help you get a better understanding of the condition and make more informed decisions about your dog’s health, we’re debunking five common misconceptions about heartworm disease.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

4 Household Items To Clean Pet Stains

Clean Pet Stains


It's every pet owner's nightmare: You step into a fresh, wet " accident," and you're out of your go-to carpet cleaner. Not to worry — there are actually quite a few household staples that work wonders on pet-stained carpeting!


Whether you're house-training a puppy or caring for a cat who's having trouble with the litterbox, read below to learn which kitchen and laundry room standbys can be used for cleaning urine spots.

White Vinegar Pet StainsWhite Vinegar
White vinegar neutralizes odors and can clean stains both new and old. If the urine spot is still wet, blot (don't rub) the area first. Combine equal parts white vinegar with cold water, pour the solution over the stain, blot again and let it dry. Then, run a vacuum over the spot to finish the job.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Products for Your Pet's Oral Care


Products for Pet Oral Health


A majority of adult pets suffer from some degree of periodontal disease, which means that maintaining your pet’s oral hygiene isn’t a luxury — it’s a vital piece of her healthcare routine. Vet visits for dental cleaning or tooth extractions can be costly and stressful, so it's best to prevent the problem before it has a chance to start. 


We have blogged before about other tips to follow to keep your pet's mouth healthy, but here are some products you can invest in now to save money on dental cleanings later.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

RECIPE: Easy Banana Oatmeal Granola Dog Treats

Dog Treat Recipe


This week we have a great dog treat recipe for you to try: Banana Oatmeal Granola Bars which are low in calories but high in potassium, fiber, manganese, and vitamins B6 and C. Nutritional little nuggets of deliciousness both you and your dog will enjoy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

5 Poisonous Mushrooms You Should Know

Poisonous Mushrooms


Mushroom poisoning in pets may be underestimated. Mushroom species can be difficult to nearly impossible for even mushroom experts (called mycologists) to identify. That difficulty is compounded by the fact that little is known about the potential toxicity of many species. 


Mushrooms reported as edible in Europe have been associated with toxicity cases in North America and vice versa. Mushroom toxicity reportedly can vary depending on habitat and/or what other plants or trees are growing nearby. And many mushrooms can contain more than one poisonous substance.

Toxicity also can depend on underlying health conditions in victims or on other substances they may ingest. And in our global economy, toxic mushrooms from other parts of the world that resemble species presumed edible in the United States have been imported to North America, further muddying the scene.

To be safe, it's best to keep your pet away from all wild mushrooms and call your vet immediately if you think your animal has eaten a mushroom. Below are a handful of the most recognizable species of toxic mushrooms.