Pets and Slime: A Possibly Perilous Match

pets and slimeOne of the biggest trends among children is slime, although people of all ages find it intriguing. This gooey, stretchy, globby stuff has infiltrated craft and art supply stores, toy stores, schools, and Facebook feeds detailing quality recipes. While it’s definitely fun, pets and slime don’t mix. The worst part? Most animals are fascinated with whatever children are into, making an already dangerous situation even worse.


Essential Oil Diffusers and Pets: What You Need to Know

diffusers and petsThe use of essential oils to soothe common ailments such as pain, anxiety, and cold symptoms dates back to biblical times. Although essential oils have been around for thousands of years, the industry is currently enjoying a resurgence in interest, and many people are incorporating the oils into their daily lives in a variety of ways.

Essential oil diffusers, which release oil particles into the air, are growing in popularity. Concern over whether diffusers put pets at risk is also growing, leading many owners to wonder if essential oil diffusers and pets is a bad combination altogether.


Flea and Tick Prevention: The Dangers of Pet Home Remedies

As a pet owner, you strive to provide your pet with protection against illness and injury. Preventing them from coming into contact with disease-spreading organisms, such as fleas and ticks, is a top priority. In today’s world of Google, Pinterest, and an ever-increasing focus on natural cures, it can be easy to assume you could cure or prevent pet parasites at home.

Pet home remedies can come in handy in a variety of instances, but flea and tick prevention is not one of them. Many of the ideas and recipes commonly touted as effective parasite control can have serious implications for your pet’s well-being.


Back To School Alert: What You Need To Know About Lunchbox Pet Toxins

pet toxinsBy now, many of us are aware that each new season, event, or holiday comes with a list of potential risks to our pets. The start of a new school year is no different, and being alert to the very real threat of backpack and lunchbox pet toxins is the first step toward protecting our four-legged family members.

Lunchbox Pet Toxins?

Yes, you read that right. While we would certainly never pack our children’s lunchboxes full of toxic foods for them to eat, that doesn’t mean that some of the most common lunch items aren’t poisonous to our pets. Take the following, for example:


Pets and Rat Poison: Keeping Your Furry Loved Ones Safe

pets and rat poisonMice, rats, voles, and other rodents are notorious for finding their way into our homes, yards, and garages. Cracks or holes in our existing structures make the perfect entrances for these critters and chances are good that if you’ve seen one rodent on your property, there are plenty more where that came from.

There’s no doubt that rodents can cause considerable property damage. Besides digging holes, chewing wires, and causing other structural damage, rodents can contaminate human food and water, and spread pathogens and parasites.

Many people turn to rodenticides to control these pests, but if you are a pet owner you may be putting your dog or cat at risk. To put it bluntly, pets and rat poison simply don’t mix.


Navigating a Chocolate Emergency

Our human idea of a ‘chocolate emergency’ is probably different than the type of chocolate emergency our pets might experience. Chocolate is a well-known pet toxin, and can pose a sweet but serious threat to our animal friends. Why is this decadent treat a pet danger and how Carriage Hills Animal Hospital can help you if you ever find yourself in a true chocolate emergency?

The Dark Side of Chocolate

Chocolate is dangerous for pets because it is such a tempting and commonly-found treat. The toxicity for pets comes from the theobromine it contains. Theobromine is a caffeine-like stimulant which can cause serious problems in the body. Its toxicity is dose dependent, meaning the more theobromine that is ingested per body weight, the worse the symptoms. Baking and dark chocolates contain more theobromine than milk or white chocolate. Continue…

Pet Safety: Poisonous Plants and Toxic Bulbs

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As the fall colors begin to fade, many of us are raking our leaves and prepping for spring by planting bulbs, perennials and other starts for the coming spring. Sadly, many of the flowers and bulbs you may be planting for the spring bloom could be toxic to your pets.

When prepping and planting for the months ahead, caution should be taken to ensure that your pet remains healthy and safe from what grows in your garden, all year long.