What You Don't Know Can Harm (and even kill) Your Pets: Some Less Well-Known, But No Less Dangerous Pet Toxins
Sure, you know that chocolate is dangerous for pets, right? In fact, so many people are aware of this common toxicity that vet hospitals across the country regularly receive phone calls from concerned owners of 65# labradors wondering if the single chocolate-chip cookie (or a few M&Ms) their dog just ate is going to kill them. [It likely isn’t] And its also not uncommon come December for pet ERs to start receiving calls from pet owners worried because their cat was seen nibbling on the leaf of a poinsettia plant. [It’s likely to be ok, aside maybe from a little digestive upset] These are some of the more well-known about pet toxicities, and though one can be very serious indeed (the chocolate), there are several others out there that are less well-known, but no less dangerous. It’s likely that many pet owners, yourself included, have at least one of the five things discussed below in their house right now.
Head on over to and get in on the discussion happening on The Preventive Vet Facebook page. We’re talking about acetaminophen toxicity in pets. The common, dangerous, and (often) lesser well known pet toxins will be the subject of tomorrow’s television segment and companion blog post. This discussion about acetaminophen toxicity is just a ‘teaser’ of what’s to come tomorrow. Stay tuned for more here tomorrow, but in the mean time - check out and ‘like’ the Facebook page. Thanks for following along everybody, and thanks for helping me get the word out about pet safety and emergency prevention. Jason
You all know how I feel about pet travel safety, right? (If not, check out my previous blog post on the issue - click here. But here’s a hint… I call myself The Preventive Vet ;-) Well, I’ve got some great news to report - I’ve found my ‘soul-mates’ in the pet product business, and their name is Bergan!
'Fat Cat' & 'Portly Pooch' - it can cost your pet (and you) dearly
What do you think about your pet’s weight? Be honest. Do you think that they’re an appropriate weight? Do you think they’re too thin? Too heavy?
Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 50% of the dogs, and nearly 60% of the cats in America are overweight or obese? This is according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and based upon the results of their most recent (2009) National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Study. What is perhaps even sadder, and will make the problem that much more difficult to combat, is that 33% of the dog owners in the survey incorrectly believed that their overweight pooch was actually at a healthy weight. For cat owners, this percentage was even higher at 46%. And when it came to obese pets, defined as a pet being at least 30% heavier than what their normal weight should be, owner’s perceptions weren’t much better - 25% of dog owners, and 40% of cat owners, got it wrong there too.
Why should you care?
Why is this important? Because excess weight on pets doesn’t just worsen their arthritis and slow them down, it can have significant financial and medical implications in the event of an emergency or illness as well. This translates to more debilitation and longer hospital stays for them, and more inconvenience and higher costs for you!
Due to a scheduling ‘snafu’, the segment I taped on the dangers of pet obesity will now be airing Tuesday July 19th (at some point between 9a-10a Pacific time) instead of this Friday. [KPTV-Fox12 the MORE Good Day Oregon show] The companion blog post for this tv segment will go up shortly.
In another bit of other exciting news, the segment I taped on common but often unknown about pet toxins will not only be airing on the MORE Good Day Oregon show next Thursday (July 28th), but it has also been picked up by the producer of the Better Portland show and will air on that show (also on KPTV-Fox12) on Monday April 1st at 11:15am! This is indeed great news as it will help to spread the word even further about these relatively unknown about pet hazards.
Hi all, I was at the KPTV studios this morning and taped two segments for future airing. The first one, which was initially slated to air tomorrow has been postponed until the following Friday (the 22nd). The other, which is on dangerous, but less well known about, pet toxins will air the following Thursday (the 28th). They will both be on the MORE Good Day Oregon show out here in Oregon on KPTV-Fox12, and will be on their website later in the day on which they air. I will also post them here on the blog. Thanks all for following along. -Jason
Upcoming tv appearance - the ER implications of the 'fat cat' & 'portly pooch'
Hi all- just wanted to give you a ‘heads-up’ that The Preventive Vet will be appearing on the MORE Good Day Oregon show (KPTV-Fox12 in Portland, OR) this Friday, the 15th. This segment will be on pet obesity, and in particular how it can cause and/or exacerbate certain pet emergencies. Tune in if you’re in the viewing area, it will air sometime between 9am-10am on Friday. I’ll also embed the video of the segment on the blog and Facebook page later that day when it becomes available, and there will be a ‘companion’ blog post to further elaborate on the topic and provide references for people to help in the ‘battle of the bulge’. Stay tuned…
Here it is, installment #2 in the summer pet safety blog series…
You’ve seen it, the pet locked in a parked car on a warm day. Maybe you’ve even done it yourself? What you may not know though, is that such a situation can quickly lead to severe, expensive, and often fatal, problems for such a pet. Read on to find out why…
When a pet’s body temperature rises and stays above 104oF for even a short period of time a myriad of problems can ensue. Without going too much into the physiology and biochemistry behind it, at such temperatures the enzymes and the vital metabolic reactions they are involved in cease to operate properly - and the result is dysfunction of multiple different body systems. This dysfunction may manifest as collapse, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal bleeding, kidney failure, liver failure, seizures, and even death. There is good news though, and it is this… Heat Stroke is typically a completely (and easily) preventable emergency.
Pet safety during the dog (and cat) days of summer... 4TH OF JULY
Summer is officially here! And the BBQs, trips to the river/lake/beach, and the 4th of July fireworks are right around the corner. This is a great time of year, and one typically filled with lots of fun and time spent with friends and family - hopefully including those of the four-legged persuasion too. And while the nicer weather will likely bring with it more exciting outdoor adventures for you and your dogs, it also brings with it an increased risk for a lot of different pet emergencies - for all of your pets, cats included.
This series of blog posts is dedicated to increasing awareness and knowledge of some of the pet emergencies that happen with increased frequency during the ‘dog (and cat) days of summer’. Of course, being The Preventive Vet, I’m also including steps that you and your friends can (and should) take to decrease the likelihood that you and your pets will be spending unexpected time (and money) in the veterinary ER this summer - rather than out enjoying the beautiful weather and all that comes along with it.
* As always, if you have any pet emergency stories that you’d like to share - either from a pet owner’s perspective or as a veterinarian - please do. Sharing your stories can help to personalize these debilitating, inconvenient, frequently expensive, and (sadly) often fatal experiences and help others to avoid suffering the same experience. Theres a variety of easy ways to share your stories. You can share here on the blog, on the Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/ThePreventiveVet), or directly through the website (www.ThePreventiveVet.com). And so, without further ado, let’s start with the one that’s right around the corner… the 4th of July!