Spring Hazards For Your Pets


Spring is soon to arrive and with it new hazards for our furry friends.







Lily of the Valley




Yew Bushes

Basically, if it’s an Easter style or spring type potted plant, keep it away from your pet. If you’re uncertain, the ASPCA has a great website that shows toxic and non-toxic plants.

Garden/Outdoor Chemicals

Anything meant to kill a pest is probably toxic to your pet. This would include, but not be limited to things like:

Gopher bait


Slug bait

Anything you wouldn’t drink/eat, your pet probably shouldn’t, either:

Antifreeze (or any other automotive chemicals)



Blood/Bone Meal

Cocoa Mulch (or any mulch, as they can be treated with all sorts of chemicals)

Weed Killers

Indoor Hazards

Again, if you wouldn’t eat it/drink it, don’t let your pet:

Absolutely all cleaners (even if they are non-toxic to humans)


Mineral Spirits/Solvents

Human medications (just a reminder as some people may not take meds except for certain allergy prone times of the year and may forget to keep them in cupboards and away from pets)

Spring is the time for lots of home improvement projects. Don’t underestimate your pet’s curiosity, even if they seem afraid of the area when you’re around. Keep things put away and out of reach or keep the area closed off from your pet. Just because you wouldn’t eat a box of nails, doesn’t mean your pet wouldn’t.

All Easter decorations, especially the little strips of plastic green grass. Ingested by your pet they can cause an obstruction that could lead to death.

Open windows: if you are going to open your windows to let the fresh, spring air in, please make sure you have your screens back on. Pets can jump out windows and be hurt or lost without screens in place, even if you only opened the window a crack. It’s amazing what they can squeeze through.

Human Foods

Alright, so just because you would eat it, doesn’t mean your pet should:



Sugarless candies which may contain Xylitol

Honestly, if it’s not labeled as food for your pet and your veterinarian hasn’t given you the ok, it’s just safer not to give it to them. It’s better that their begging goes unfulfilled than your pockets get emptied of thousands of dollars in hospitalization fees, or worse, your furry friend dies. The ASPCA has a list of foods not to feed your pet, but it is woefully short.

While this post is not all inclusive, I hope it gives you an idea of things to keep away from your pets and helps you keep them safe as you enjoy the journey with your furry friends.

Pets and Hot Cars

Unfortunately, people still don’t understand that leaving your pet in the car during hot weather is a bad idea. Dr. Ernie Ward shows us how bad it is inside the car.


Spring has sprung!


Even squirrels enjoy maple syrup in the spring by chewing into the bark and licking it from the tree!


Even though it’s still colder than average where I live, there are a few subtle signs of spring. The air smells less cold and dry, a few green things have popped up in my garden beds, and there’s more bird song in the neighborhood than just a few weeks ago. With the advent of spring comes spring cleaning. The Humane Society of the United States has a nice article about ways to keep an eye out for wildlife during your spring tune up of your house. It’s definitely worth a read!

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What do cats see?

This is so fascinating to me. See the world through the eyes of a cat.



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5 reasons you want a veterinarian on your team in a zombie apocalypse

Found this article on the AVMA website and it made me giggle. Very appropriate for the Halloween season and the return of The Walking Dead on tv!

5 reasons you want a veterinarian on your team in a zombie apocalypse

In several episodes of AMC’s zombie series The Walking Dead, a new character introduced to the show, Dr. Hershel Greene, helps treat and save the life of a critically injured child. Dr. Greene, however, is not a physician, but a veterinarian.

Image CC BY 2.0 Dan Hollister
Now, under normal circumstances, of course, we would never recommend that a veterinarian treat a human, but in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, well … physicians might be hard to come by, governing boards and malpractice laws are out the window, and if one of your party is bleeding to death, a veterinarian just might give that person the best chance of survival.
Which got us thinking … how else might a veterinarian prove useful in a zombie apocalypse? Here are our top 5 reasons you’d want a veterinarian as part of your zombie apocalypse team:
  1. They have a better chance at surviving: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, survivors are at a premium, and losing members of your group will make you much more vulnerable. The biggest risk is getting bitten by a zombie. Well, who’s better at avoiding bites than a veterinarian?
  2. They can provide medical care: Again, pre-apocalypse, see your physician. Post-apocalypse, if a physician isn’t available, you couldn’t do much better than having a veterinarian treat your (non-zombie-bite) wounds and illnesses. Veterinarians spend at least four years post-grad training to care for ALL species, so while the general anatomy might be slightly different, they’re probably not going to be overwhelmed by the prospect of working on human patients.
  3. They can take care of the animals: With electrical grids down and gasoline no longer in production, you’re going to be relying on animals much more: Dogs for protection, horses for transportation, livestock for food and labor. A veterinarian will make sure these highly valuable animals are well treated, healthy and performing at a high level.
  4. They can make sure your food is safe: Without grocery stores, restaurants or refrigerators—not to mention state and federal oversight—obtaining, storing and preparing food will provide a whole new set of challenges for most people. Veterinarians have experience in ensuring food safety and testing; many work nationally to ensure food safety at processing plants and distribution centers, or across the globe working to make sure food for our troops is safe to eat. Unsure if the remaining meat from a deer carcass ravaged by zombies is safe to eat? Consult the veterinarian!
  5. They can find a cure: Veterinarians are experts at studying the causes and distribution of diseases, or epidemiology. They’ve been invaluable in determining the source and distribution of several diseases that pose risk to humans, such as rabies, SARS, and West Nile virus. Veterinarians might be able to determine what causes people to turn into zombies and develop a cure. Why aren’t animals infected? Perhaps there’s an epidemiological clue there!
Veterinarians bring an enormous amount of talents to the table: They’re trained to treat all animals, from mice to elephants, from aardvarks to zebras and everything in between. They have expertise in animal welfare, food safety, environmental protection and public health. They work all over the world, in all types of fields, helping to ensure the health of animals and people. And, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, they might just be the most valuable survivors of all.
Talk to your veterinarian today about his or her zombie apocalypse plans!
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Some foods to keep away from your dog

I came across this graphic today and I had to share it. These are dangers that can be avoided! This is not an exhaustive list, but it’s a good start! Share with all the dog owners/lovers you know!



The Science of Cats

I couldn’t have said this better myself and we just talked about cat purring in my previous post!


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Health Benefits of Cat Purring


Check the Chip Day – August 15th!

Check the Chip Day


Is your pet microchipped? How up to date is the information attached to that microchip? I have personally had two cases of lost pets called into the clinic with outdated information in the microchip database. Luckily for those pets they were also wearing tags with our clinic information on them, so we were called when the owners couldn’t be reached.

Don’t take chances with your pet’s safety! You had them microchipped which is an excellent way to keep them safe, but now it’s time to make sure all of the information the microchip company has is accurate. It won’t do your pet any good if no one can reach you!

A Disabled Puppy Is Given a Chance To Live

Warning, you might need a kleenex. So sweet! What a wonderful thing these people did for this puppy.



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