Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Article by Dr. Mary Fuller, DVM | Featured on Vetstreet.com

It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy. The culprit: toxic blue-green algae.

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Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Article by Dr. Mary Fuller, DVM | Featured on Vetstreet.com
It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy. The culprit: toxic blue-green algae.
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Marijuana Poisoning in Pets

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Sadly, marijuana poisoning in animals seems to be keeping pace with the increased use of the drug by humans. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) 24-hour emergency hotline recorded 208 marijuana-related calls in 2008, or about four calls a week. Ten years later in 2018 there were 1,800 calls — 35 a week or five calls a day.1

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Common Household Hazards for Pets

Common Household Hazards for Pets

Article Featured on AVMA

Every home contains a variety of everyday items and substances that can be dangerous or even fatal if ingested by dogs and cats. You can protect your pet’s health by becoming aware of the most common health hazards found in many pet-owning households.

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CDC Warns of Spike in Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer, Elk and Moose

By Kendall Curley | Article Featured on PetMD

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been monitoring a spike in the number of documented cases of a rare disease found in deer, moose and elk.

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Are Christmas Trees Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Article by Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM | Found on The Spruce
Many people are aware that certain holiday plants, such as Mistletoe and Holly, are poisonous to pets, but what about the most common holiday “plant,” the Christmas tree? We worry about pets tipping the tree over or tearing open the presents, but what about those pets who chose to eat the tree?
Christmas can be a scary time for pets, especially cats who can’t resist the tree and other holiday plants, many of which are poisonous.

Toxicity of holiday plants varies from mild to extreme. The level of poisoning (illness) is also related to the amount of the plant ingested. Read more

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What Foods Are Toxic for Dogs

Found on Canine Journal
There are certain foods that you should not feed your dog under any occasion. While individual cases will vary based on breed, weight, and other factors — in general this list of foods dogs can’t eat applies to all dogs and should be carefully followed to avoid accidents. Take note and print out our helpful infographic to keep on-hand in your kitchen so you know what food dogs can’t eat. Read more

Popular Xylitol Products that can Poison Your Dog

Article By Dr. Nancy Kay | Found on PetHealthNetwork
For some folks, the start of a new year is a catalyst to lose weight and this may mean switching from plain old sugar to lower calorie sweeteners. Xylitol is one such sugar substitute that is safe for human consumption, but is toxic for dogs. In fact, it can be deadly.
What exactly is xylitol?
Discovered by German chemist Emil Fisher in 18911, xylitol is found in fruit and vegetable fibers. The xylitol we consume is manufactured by beginning with a product called xylan found in hardwood trees and corncobs. Read more

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Article Featured on ASPCA
Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.
1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
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Feed Additives Killing Horses - OVSH

Feed Additives Killing Horses

By Dr. Jennifer Coates
Have you heard about the horses dying at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Florida? As I write, four horses are dead, and it will take nothing short of a miracle for any of the other 18 to survive. Such a tragedy, and it’s all due to a mistake (I assume) made during the manufacturing of the horses’ feed. Read more