Avoid a Cat-astrophe: Top 5 Toxic Fruits & Veggies For Your Pet!

The Animal Poison Control Center estimates that they respond to hundreds of thousands of accidental pet poisoning cases every year. Most of us are familiar with the toxins like chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and bread dough, but fruits and veggies? In fact, quite a few of my favorites are on this list, so it’s important to have a good idea of what Kitty and Fido should NOT get their claws into.

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet Shouldn’t Have a Beer With You This Holiday

I get many questions regarding what someone’s pet should and shouldn’t have, ranging from foods to medications. And although many answers include “in moderation”, there are quite a few that are a sweet, simple, emphatic, NO. This is one of those answers! Not just because it can make them sick, but because alcohol poisoning can kill your pet. Here’s why: [Read more…]

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How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids: Part 1 (The Set-Up)

This article is Part 1 of a 2-Part Series on how to help you give your pets subcutaneous fluids. Subcutaneous (or SQ) fluid treatments are most commonly recommended for pet’s with chronic renal disease (CRD) or kidney failure. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I have worked with many families, teaching them out to perform these treatments at home to help them manage their pet’s disease. Although it sounds overwhelming, it can be very manageable with the right information, help, and practice.

How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids- Part 1
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Danger! Top Toxic Plants For Your Pet

What is one of the first things you think of when you want to show someone you care? You buy them flowers! Flowers are also beautiful touches you can add to your decor and bright accents to brighten up your personal space. But if you are a family with pets, be aware that there are plants that are dangerous for them! Here are a few of the top toxic plants that might pop up this spring:

Danger! Top Toxic Plants for Your Pets!

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Your Special Needs Pet: Kidney Disease

What is Kidney Disease?

Kidney Disease, known as Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) in cats and Canine Kidney Failure (CKF) in dogs, is a diagnosis that no one wants to hear for their beloved companion.  It is, however, one of the more common problems seen in aging pets.  While chronic renal failure is more common in cats, it is certainly a problem we see in dogs as well. Although this disease is progressive and terminal, with some love, effort, dedication, patience, and early diagnosis, this condition can be managed effectively for some time. [Read more…]

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How to Give Your Pet Subcutaneous Fluids: Part 2 (Tips & Tricks)

This article is Part 2 of a 2-Part Series on how to help you give your pets subcutaneous fluids (see Part 1 on how to set up your fluid line). Subcutaneous (or SQ) fluid treatments are most commonly recommended for pets with chronic renal disease (CRD) or kidney failure. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, I have worked with many families, teaching them out to perform these treatments at home to help them manage their pet’s disease. Although it sounds overwhelming, it can be very manageable with the right information, help, and practice.

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