If we left it to our hungry hounds, dogs would assume most, if not all of our foods are meant for them. This is why thousands of pets are poisoned each year due to ingestion of a toxic food item, like chocolate.
Of course there are plenty of human foods that are safe for dogs, and fun to give them in small amounts. Peanut butter is an option that most Fidos love, but you don’t have to stop there! The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital is here to explain what nuts and butters you can safely give your dog and what to avoid.Continue…
There are many fabulous things about the summer – popsicles, the pool, and fireworks are just a few that come to mind. With the warmer temperatures, though, come some downsides, as well.
At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital the creepy crawly things of summer top our list. From ants and mosquitoes, to fleas to hornet nests, pest numbers increase with the sunshine.
While the urge to eradicate these things is real, it is important to remember that our dogs and cats share an environment with them and that killing some bugs can harm pets, too.
Thankfully, pet safe pesticides and control options do exist.Continue…
Springtime is one of everyone’s favorite seasons with the blooming flowers, warmer weather, and outdoor recreation. It’s also the time for spring cleanup, lawn and garden prep, and, oh yes, pet safety. Spring pet safety may not be on your radar, but with the endless array of potential things a pet could get into, it should be.
Since this season is something that should be enjoyable for two- and four-legged friends alike, let’s take a closer look at how you can better protect your pet. Read on for more!Continue…
Most vaping product packages have clear warnings that the product and its contents are not safe for children or pets. We are now more aware, too, of the risks to people where we once thought they were relatively harmless. Vaping poisoning remains a problem for pet owners when their pets are exposed to or ingests these nicotine substitutes.
The team at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital want to give you the facts about vaping dangers and pets. Learn more about vape safety around pets by reading on.
If there is one thing on which we can all agree, it’s that no pet owner ever wants to utter the words “pet” and “emergency” in the same sentence. Sometimes, though, our furry friends become sick or injured in a critical way, making the need for emergency pet care inevitable.
As your pet’s advocate, it is important for you to be able to recognize the signs of a pet emergency, how to help a pet in distress, and to discern when veterinary care can wait for a scheduled appointment.Continue…
Essential oils have earned their place among those that enjoy and benefit from aromatherapy. From easing nausea to decreasing anxiety, these natural, plant-derived products have been central in the lives of many generations, and now they are part of the natural cure-all trend.
While seemingly safe and advantageous for people, essential oils and pets may be a terrible combination.Continue…
When we think about pet-proofing our homes, it makes sense to put away leftover food, cover the garbage bin, and make sure your favorite slippers are out of reach. However, securing the medicine cabinet probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but perhaps it should be. The Pet Poison Hotline reports that nearly 50% of all the calls they receive involve human medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
A heart-shaped box of chocolates is synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but for those of us with dogs, any chocolate in the home can put our canine companion at risk. As we prepare for an onslaught of delicious treats this February, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of chocolate toxicity and take steps to protect our pets.
It’s fairly well-known that chocolate is dangerous to dogs, but why? For starters, all forms of chocolate contain caffeine and theobromine, both of which cannot be properly metabolized by dogs or cats.
There’s a lot to love about fall in general, but the highlight for many is, of course, Halloween. We’ve been enjoying the costumes and decorations on display for weeks now, but the remaining days before the big event should include the mindful prevention of injury to a family pet. They all mean well, but pets can find themselves in a deep cauldron of hot water without Halloween pet safety tactics firmly in place.
The Obvious Dangers
Most pet owners are very aware of the dangers of chocolate, raisins, and Xylitol-sweetened treats around Halloween. While reducing these threats continue to be an essential of Halloween pet safety, there are additional risks to remember that aren’t so obvious. Continue…
We all want the best for our pets, and of course that includes keeping them safe from potentially poisonous substances. Because so many items commonly found in our homes, gardens, and neighborhoods can pose a hazard to our pets, it’s vital that pet parents are not only educated on the potential pet toxins, but also know what to do in the event of an accidental pet poisoning.