What is it about chocolate that’s so bad for dogs?

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Dogs beg for treats that may not be good for them

I just watched a story about the Ivory Coast farmers who are the largest exporters of cocoa beans in the world, and yet they had no idea what the cocoa beans are used for.  They somehow decided that their beans are being used to make wine. This falsehood spread throughout the village and from generation to generation. The farmers harvest the beans and yet they have never tasted chocolate, or even knew about it. When a man came over from the city and gave them all a piece of chocolate, their eyes lit up and they were amazed as well as happy that their hard work creates something so delicious. This story brought to mind two separate things: Firstly, if awareness of an object or a fact is not complete, the mind fills in the blanks even though many times the part that is filled in is completely wrong. Secondly, I started thinking about chocolate and dogs, and how people eat almost any amount of it and have no adverse effects (except to the waistline), yet a dog could get poisoned with an ounce of the same product. It’s sad to see my dog Duke watching me with those big, brown eyes when he sees me eating chocolate and it’s obvious that he wants a small piece for himself. Read More »

Bella shares 5 Valentine tips for pet safety

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Hi everypawdy *Bella waves paw* It’s me, Bella!! It is Valentine’s Day today, and I have not just one, but FIVE great Valentine’s day tips for your pet’s safety today!

Bella has important tips for Valentine's Day safety

Today is a big day and sure to be a curious one for your pets because there are some new and exciting things going on all at the same time. There is sure to be candy, and lot of it. Did you know that Xylitol, a popular artificial sweetener found in candies and chewing gum for diabetics is lethal to your dog? It is also found in sugar-free candies and gums, breath mints, baked good, cough syrups, children’s chewable vitamins, mouthwash and toothpastes. It is EXTREMELY toxic to dogs even in the smallest of doses, and signs of trouble can occur as rapidly as 15-30 minutes of ingestion. Read More »

Top 10 dangerous medications found around the house

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Common medications can be dangerous for pets

Almost anything in the right (or wrong) dose can become extremely dangerous or even deadly. As many of you know, even water given in a high enough quantity, can cause blood cells to become unstable and may lead to serious health consequences. Luckily for us however, our pets seem smarter than many people and it’s not likely your cat is going to drink eight gallons of water to show off in front of his other feline friends. That being said, over the next weeks or even months, I will discuss medications and substances that do not require gallons to make them deadly. Some of these medications can become serious hazards in extremely small doses. The tip of a needle of some medications and chemicals is enough to cause serious harm or even death to a cat or a dog. Read More »

Holiday dangers for pets, part 2

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Electrical cords pose a danger to pets

Mr. Armand was the owner of the pastry shop on Springfield Boulevard, right next door to the pharmacy.  Like clockwork every morning Mr. Armand pulled the big metal gates up over the shop windows, making a sound similar to a freight train. The staff at the French bakery proceeded to prop the front doors open and drag a few tables and chairs out on the sidewalk. Mr. Armand meanwhile diligently  prepared delicious pastries such as the mille-feuille, which is my all time favorite pastry. When I first ordered this custard cream filled desert I called it a Napoleon, but monsieur Armand quickly corrected me saying “Mille-Feuille! Mille-Feuille! What is this Napoleon?” Read More »

Holiday dangers for pets–part one

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The holiday season can be dangerous for pets

This is holiday season!  This time of year when I hear the Christmas music and see all the lights and happy people, it reminds me of a magical time in my own childhood. This was a brief period of time in my life that didn’t last that long but has left a very positive long-lasting impression. It was a time when I didn’t have a care in the world–no job, very few responsibilities, no health concerns, no financial insecurities, and no troubled relationships. The first day that “Christmas Vacation” started always felt like the absolute best time ever! All I had to do was relax, watch cartoons on television, and wait for the big day when I could open my mountain of presents one at a time. One of my biggest worries was that  I wouldn’t have enough time off from school after Christmas to play with all the toys that I just got. Read More »

Make the most of the holidays with your pet

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How to make the most of the holidays with your pet

With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, it’s easy to dismiss any issues that may arise with our pets. But our pets are part of the family and we know just how much they mean to us. Therefore, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety a #1 priority this holiday season.

Pets are curious and adventurous creatures, so keeping an eye on your pet around wrapped presents, holiday food and your Christmas tree is a must. Christmas trees make a great place for cats to climb. However, the lights and the ornaments are a safety hazard for your pet. Broken ornaments on the floor can hurt paws and your cat can get wrapped up in the lighting. Don’t let your cat get tangled up, so try getting a cat perch for your cat. Cat perches allow your cat to get above the masses and are great ways to stop your cat from climbing on furniture or other unreliable objects. Read More »

Action Taken To Reduce the Risk of Antifreeze Poisoning In Pets

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The addition of a bittering agent will reduce the risk of antifreeze poisoning

If ingested, the ethylene glycol in antifreeze poses an extreme danger to dogs and cats; unfortunately, antifreeze has a sweet flavor and smell that is attractive to pets, increasing the risk of exposure to this toxin. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, “As little as a tablespoon can result in severe acute kidney failure in dogs, while as little as 1 teaspoon can be fatal to cats.”  It is estimated that up to 90,000 animals each year are poisoned from ingestion of antifreeze from spills in driveways or from open containers. Now there is some great news which may help drastically reduce the risk of antifreeze poisoning. Read More »

Holiday Plants Toxic to your Pets

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There are a few revered holiday plants that are known to be harmful to dogs and cats

Holiday Plants Toxic to Dogs and Cats – Holiday Pet Tips and Advice

Please be sure to use caution this holiday season when you decorate your home with boughs of holly, especially if furry, four-legged friends frequent your decked halls. Holly, a festive holiday staple, is one of a few toxic plants that belong on the naughty list when it comes to your pet’s well being.

Including holly, here are a few revered holiday plants that are known to be harmful to dogs and cats: Read More »

Cat and Christmas Tree Safety During the Holidays

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The Christmas tree is irresistible to most cats

Keep Your Cat and Your Christmas Tree Safe This Holiday Season – Tips and Tricks

A Christmas tree is an inviting tease for any inquiring cat. Sparkly baubles are just begging to be batted, tinsel is too-good-not-to chew, and with foliage that is dense enough to become a suitable fort, there are many hazards present when fur meets fir. Here are some tips to keep kitty from causing damage unto itself and your tree: Read More »

Pet Emergency #3: Steps to Take if Your Pet is Poisoned

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Many dogs swallow food without even tasting it, increasing the odds of poisoning

My two dogs, Duke and Daisy, are in constant competition with each other as to who can eat the fastest. They are both well fed and well socialized but, for some reason, they feel that if they don’t eat extremely fast they will be missing out. I’m sure that Duke and Daisy are not the only dogs that swallow their food pretty much without tasting it. This bad habit can be seen among siblings and it’s one of the reasons that pets, especially dogs, are prone to poisoning themselves. Also, before I started storing my kitchen garbage out of reach (in the garage) I came home many times to catch Duke snacking on tasty garbage that could have caused him harm. Read More »