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Top 10 Most Common Pet Poisons

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The ASPCA released a list of the top 10 pet poisons based on the cases reported at the Animal Poison Control Center. Take a look at this list so you can keep your pets safe from these dangerous and deadly poisons.

1. Human Medications

Keep medications secure and out of reach from pets. These include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs like painkillers, cold medications, antidepressants and dietary supplements.

2. Insecticides

We know you want to get rid of unwelcome pests, but just make sure you do it in a way that is safe for both pets and children. Also, always check with your veterinarian before using a flea and tick product to make sure it is safe for your pet and you know the proper way to apply it.

3. People Food

Chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado and chocolate are just some types of human food that can cause serious distress for animals. If animals ingest human food it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, and in severe cases abnormal heart rhythm, tremors and seizures.

4. Plants

Plants are a common staple in many houses, but some varieties can cause life-threatening reactions in pets. Azalea, rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera are just some of the household plants that can be harmful to pets.

5. Veterinary Medications

Pet parents have good intentions, but often medications veterinarians prescribe for our pets are misapplied or improperly dispensed. Follow the directions carefully and ask your veterinarian if you have questions.

6. Rodenticides

Rat and mice poisons are also poison to dogs and cats. Many of the ingredients that attract rodents also attract pets. If your pet ingests certain types of rodenticides, it can lead to serious problems like internal bleeding, seizures or kidney damage.

7. Household Cleaners

Household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can poison pets. Also, keep bleaches, detergents and disinfectants out of reach from pets. Just by inhaling the chemicals, pets can suffer from gastrointestinal distress and irritation to the respiratory tract.

8. Heavy Metals

Lead, zinc and mercury are dangerous to pets because they are exposed to them in many different sources. Lead is found in paint chips, linoleum and lead dust produced when surfaces in older homes are scraped or sanded.

9. Garden Products

Fertilizers and other garden products can cause problems for pets that spend time outside. They can cause severe gastric upset and possible obstruction if they are ingested, so keep an eye on the ingredients and the products you are using and only allow pets in the areas outside that you know are safe.

10. Chemical Hazards

These dangerous pet poisons include ethylene glycol antifreeze, paint thinner, drain cleaners and pool/spa chemicals. Substances in this group can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, respiratory difficulties and chemical burns.

2009 Occurrences of H1N1 in Pets

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The H1N1 flu continues to threaten the health of humans and animals in 2010. Here’s a list of the cases of H1N1 that have occurred in pets and domestic animals as of the end of 2009:

October 9, 2009 Oregon ferret tests positive for H1N1

October 20, 2009 Canada turkey flock tests positive for H1N1

October 29, 2009 6 pigs from the Minnesota State Fair test positive for H1N1

October 29, 2009 Nebraska ferret dies from H1N1

November 2009 10-year-old male cat in Oregon dies from the H1N1

November 4, 2009 13-year-old Iowa tests positive for H1N1

November 10, 2009 3 ferrets in Oregon test positive for H1N1

November 17, 2009 Utah cat tests positive for H1N1

November 18, 2009 Oregon cat dies from H1N1 infection

November 24, 2009 8 year-old female cat in Oregon dies from the H1N1

November 30, 2009 USDA confirms H1N1 influenza virus in Virginia turkey breeder flock

December 1, 2009 California cheetah tests positive for H1N1

December 4, 2009 2 cats from different households in Colorado test positive for H1N1

December 10, 2009 12-year-old cat in Pennsylvania dies from H1N1

December 21, 2009 13-year-old mixed breed male dog in New York is the first case of H1N1 found in a dog

December 28, 2009 8-year-old female cat in California tests positive for H1N1

To date, most animals infected with H1N1 became infected after their owners had been ill with flu-like symptoms. The spread of the virus can be prevented by washing hands, covering coughs, isolating sick individuals and going to the doctor or veterinarian when symptoms arise.

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Ahhhh… the new year. It’s easy to start out with good intentions for a fabulous new year, and then reality sets in and your resolutions are gone with any hopes for warm weather. This year incorporate your pets into your healthy lifestyle goals for a fun and rewarding fresh start.

Just like humans, pets get bored doing the same ole’ routine. Shake up your neighborhood loop by taking the pups on a new route. Planning mini day-trips on the weekends to different parks and residential areas on the other side of town makes it fun for you and your dog and keeps things interesting. Soon, walking the dog won’t feel like a chore as together you explore your city.

Don’t let your pet’s clutter cause chaos in the house and yard. Designate a specific area for each pet’s gear. If it feels like toys are always underfoot, label a special storage bin for Fido’s ropes and chew toys and keep it within reach to do a quick sweep of the house at the end of the day. Hang a hook for leashes at the backdoor, so there’s no more last minute searching and you’re always walk-ready. For the kitties, take the hassle out of cleaning the litter box. Keep clean litter, small trash bags, the litter scoop and a mini broom and dustpan all together, so cleaning the cat box is stress and mess-free!

Healthy pets need regular grooming. Make bath time a rewarding bonding time for you and your pet. Successful bathing and grooming is all about having a positive attitude. Your pet can sense if you are nervous or tense, so relax. Reward your pet for good behavior with special treats, belly rubs and kind words. Also, think about investing in a great brush or comb for each animal. Most dogs and cats love to be brushed, and this is a positive way to end bath time or a nail clipping session. Brushing your pet helps keep their coat in top condition and lets you check for ticks or any unusual growths. Finish with a freshly washed collar and your pet is ready to embrace 2010 right alongside you!