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Six Pet Poison Myths - Solved!

 

Do you know the truth behind these pet poison myths?

Myth #1: It is safe to use human toothpaste on my dog’s teeth.

True or false? FALSE.

Many human toothpastes contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that causes a rapid drop in blood sugar and liver failure in dogs. Xylitol is also commonly found in sugar-free gum and candy, as well as certain medications and nasal sprays.

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Microchipping Your Cat is Easy and Effective

Have you ever wondered what you’d do if your cat was lost? If you’re like many people you’d post pictures of Fluffy on Facebook and make an announcement. That’s a good approach to spread the word with or without a microchip. However, microchipping your cat is so simple and effective, there’s no reason not to do it. It only takes seconds to place the chip under your cat’s skin and yet, according to Petfinder, it increases your odds of being reunited with your cat by more than 2000%. “Less than 2 percent of lost cats that entered the animal shelters were reunited with their families.

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Traveling with Your Dog Over the Holidays? Here’s What You Need to Know

Traveling with your dog does require a little more planning but with the right prep, it can go smoothly for everyone. The big considerations are your dog’s temperament, transportation requirements, and accommodation upon arrival. Depending on the distance you’ll travel, you may need additional paperwork or immunizations for your dog and, no matter what, you’ll need to ensure pet-friendly accommodations await. After all, taking your pack to your allergic brother-in-law’s home probably won’t go over well.

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Holiday Foods on the Naughty List

We all love to indulge around the holidays, especially when it comes to food. Unfortunately, tossing your pet table scraps as a “treat” can cause unnecessary upset to their digestive system. Read our recommendations before including Fido or Fluffy at the dinner table this year. Your pet’s tummy will thank you!

 

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How Much Does Dog Dental Care Cost?

You know your dog’s teeth aren’t going to clean themselves and you also know your dog is subject to plaque buildup and periodontal disease just like humans. It’s no secret that professional dog dental cleaning is important. However, one question we’re frequently asked is how much does dog dental care cost? It’s a natural question - after all, we understand healthcare costs are on everyone’s mind these days. Unfortunately, like many health services, it’s difficult to give a single price because “it depends.”

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Commercial Rodenticide Emits Gas Toxic to Pets and Humans

Rodenticide, commonly used to kill rats, mice, moles and gophers, comes in many forms and can cause a variety of serious problems in our pets.

Rodenticide containing cholecalciferol (Vitamin D) causes high calcium levels in the blood and can damage the kidneys, central nervous system, heart and intestines. Poisons that contain bromethalin are neurotoxic, and can cause paralysis and possibly coma. Brodifacoum, warfarin and other anticoagulant rodenticides cause an inability to clot the blood and often lead to internal bleeding.

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