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Poisonous Plants to Animals

Great Article from Cornell University

Common Cat Toxicities

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There are many ways that our feline companions get poisoned. Sometimes by accident, and other times by well-meaning adults. Regardless, the most important things to know are what are the signs and what to do if that situation arises.

Over the Counter Drugs:

The use and variety of analgesic drugs has greatly increased in both human and veterinary medicine. This has resulted in an increase in acute toxicoses in pets. Generally, overdoses of over the counter drugs happen either accidentally or may be due to excessive administration by a well-meaning owner.  The rest of the article here http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxcat/toxcat.html

Trisha Stetzel, Owner

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Keeping our Pets Safe in this Hot!, Humid Summer Weather

Tips for keeping our pets safe in this HOT, HUMID weather!
 Never leave a pet in a car when you travel or do errands. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re
parked in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets left in hot cars, even briefly, can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and can even death. To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, leave your pets cool at home while you’re on the road.
 Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but extra care needs to be taken with older dogs, short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.
 Pets can get sunburned too, and the pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips. Pets with light-colored noses or light-colored fur on their ears are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and skin cancer. Please work with the client if you walk a dog that may need sunscreen.
If the pet is exposed to high temperatures:
 Be alert for signs of heat stress-heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
 Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over their body to gradually lower temperature.
 Apply ice packs or cool towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.
 Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
 Finally, take your pet directly to a veterinarian; it could save their life.
These tips are provided by the Humane Society of the United States and can be found on their Web
– Drink plenty of water or other cool (non-alcoholic) fluids
– Wear light colored and loose fitting clothing
– Take frequent breaks in air conditioned locations
– Walk in shady areas
– SLOW the pace of your walk
– Ensure dogs get water after the walk, even if this means putting water in the crate.
– Put an ice cube or two in the bowl to encourage drinking.  Give the dog an ice cube or two to eat.
There is a lot of good info on the Federal Governments CDC site here:
Recognizing Heat Exhaustion
Warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following:
 Heavy sweating
 Paleness
 Muscle cramps
 Tiredness
 Weakness
 Dizziness
 Headache
 Nausea or vomiting
 Fainting
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Senior Pet-izen – Does your older dog need to go! go! go! all the time?

So you have a senior pet-izen huh?

It seems like it was just yesterday he was a young, vibrant, active dog sole, but now he’s moving a little slower, eating a little less, and not moving around like he used to.  You remember when he could “hold it” for 8 hours at a time, now he needs to go every couple of hours or you might find a puddle on the floor and a doggie sitting in the corner looking like he just got scolded.  Really he can’t help it, he just can’t hold it like he used to :-(

Your Dog need to pee! Now What?!

Well, first you should have a visit with the vet to make sure there is no infection (urinary tract infection, etc) or other issue causing the over-active bladder.  If the vet clears your pup and tells you that it’s just part of the aging process then you need to make some changes. When you are at home you need to make more frequent trips out with your pup.  Having them hold their bladder for too long at a time will cause other problems.  If you work away from home you may need to make arrangements to come home for lunch to let Fido out for a “potty break” or you can hire a pet sitter.

How Can the Pet Sitter Help?

The pet sitter can be your senior pet-izen’s best friend!  The sitter can come in once (or multiple times if you choose) a day to take your pup for a walk or simply let him out for his potty break.  Your doggie will be happier as all he wants to do is please you!  He definitely does NOT want to disappoint you with a wet surprise on the floor when you get home after a long day at work.  You will be happy because your best friend is happy!

In summary, as your pet ages you may have to spend a little more time taking care of him.  Old age is NOT a disease, but just a fact of life.  Dogs, just like humans, need extra love and care as they get older.

Here’s to loving your OLD DOG! :-)

Thanks to John Wren with Starkey Mortgage for the post idea!

Brought to you by Trisha Stetzel, owner, Fetch! Pet Care of Clear Lake


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