As the weather gets warmer, pets start spending more time outdoors. More time outside can mean being exposed to more danger and we need to be aware of the potential dangers spring plants can be for our pets. While there are many plants that can cause problems, there's a wide range of concern around bulbs in the spring.

crocus - There are two Crocus plants: one that blooms in the spring (Crocus species) and the other in the autumn (Colchicum autumnale). The spring plants are more common and are part of the Iridaceae family. These ingestions can cause general gastrointestinal upset including vomiting and diarrhea. These should not be mistaken for Autumn Crocus, part of the Liliaceae family, which contain colchicine. The Autumn Crocus is highly toxic and can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure.

tulips - Tulips contain allergenic lactones while hyacinths contain similar alkaloids. The toxic principle of these plants is very concentrated in the bulbs (versus the leaf or flower), so make sure your dog isn’t digging up the bulbs in the garden. When the plant parts or bulbs are chewed or ingested, it can result in tissue irritation to the mouth and esophagus. Typical signs include profuse drooling, vomiting, or even diarrhea, depending on the amount consumed.

gladiola - Ingesting any part of the gladiola plant will cause your pet to experience salivation, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and diarrhea. However, the highest concentration of its toxic component is in the buds.

If you think your pet has consumed any of the above toxins, please call us at 316-262-5321.

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Souce:  Lieske DVM, MPVM, Camilla. "Spring-blooming bulbs: year-round problem." ASPCA. Veterinary Medicine, Aug. 2002. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.

dog chocoEaster is a busy time of year and it's a time for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the holiday. Chocolate is a common treat around this season, as it is during other festive times of the year. It is stressed to pet owners to keep chocolate away from your furry friends, as it can cause sickness or even death. But chocolate is not the only toxin you should be worried about around Easter and springtime.

Here are 4 toxins you should be aware of around Easter:

Chocolate - As commonly found, many of the most popular Easter chocolates tend to have non-chocolate fillings versus solid chocolate. Nevertheless, animals who’ve ingested Easter chocolate should be monitored for pancreatitis. Also, don’t forget to check if the chocolate contains raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, and/or xylitol.

Easter Grass - The decorative plastic Easter grass that lines baskets is generally not a concern for toxicity, but it can cause a linear foreign body obstruction.

Plants - There are many troublesome plants out there, but bulbs and lilies tend to be the most predominate around Easter time. Unfortunately may cat owners still are not aware of the danger lilies pose.

Fertilizers & Herbicides - The warmer springtime weather brings many gardening hazards and Easter weekend is sometimes warm enough that people will start to head outside. Be aware that your neighbors may be applying their first application of fertilizer on the grass or starting to use weed killers on their lawns and landscaping.

If you think your pet has consumed any of the above toxins, please call us at 316-262-5321.

1352003 40723926Spending time outside in the warm weather is fun, but you must be aware of the possibility for your pet to experience heat exhaustion. Being covered by fur is great for the wintertime and cooler months, but it can make it difficult to manage the heat of a summer day.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include excessive panting or labored breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling and mild weakness. More severe symptoms can include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting and a body temperature of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow these tips to keep your pet cool this summer.

-    Save your outdoor time with your pet for early in the morning or in the evening once the sun has set. By taking your daily walk, run or visit to the park either before or after the sun is at its hottest, the air will be easier for your pet to breathe and the ground will be cooler on the pads of their paws.

-    As much as your pet may love riding in the car or spending time with you, if it’s hot out and there’s a chance they’ll be uncomfortable the best thing to do is leave them alone. Panting takes more exertion than sweating and can bring your pet to respiratory distress. Avoid any potential issue by keeping them safe and cool at home.

-    Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so you’ll want to make plenty of fresh, clean water available to them. Leaving out water or water alternatives throughout the day, particularly when your pet has spent time outside in the heat. Water alternatives are especially great for pets since they replenish electrolytes and taste great.

-    Many pet owners, especially cat parents, incorrectly think that shaving their animals in the heat will help cool them down. In reality, the layers of your pet’s coat help to protect them from overheating and sunburn. Trimming long hair is perfectly okay, but it’s unnecessary to do anything else for cooling purposes. Brushing your cat more often to help remove loose fur can also prevent overheating.


Source: “7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool this Summer.” Pet MD. Web. June 2016.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month! If you are observing any of the following problems, it might be time to have your pet’s teeth checked:

- bad breath
- broken or loose teeth
- extra teeth or retained baby teeth
- teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
- abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
- reduced appetite or refusal to eat
- pain in or around the mouth
- bleeding from the mouth
- swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

 

 

 

Are you ready for a feline friend? Consider these 6 signs to tell you if it's time to make that commitment:

  1. You appreciate the importance of socialization.
  2. You're financially prepared.
  3. You have time to exercise your cat.
  4. You're committed to creating a cat-friendly home.
  5. You've accepted litterbox duty.
  6. You're prepared to make a long-term promise.