TOXINS AND POISON FOR PETS

No matter what time of year, there are toxins and poisons to watch out for when it comes to your pet either ingesting or inhaling something that could cause illness or be fatal. A lot of poisons are in plain sight, such as plants, household foods or cleaning items. Many people know the foods that are toxic to pets, but not many know the plants that may be toxic or poisonous to pets. Here is a list of a few plants: Autumn Crocus – Both spring and autumn crocuses can cause adverse reactions in pets, but the autumn crocus is HIGHLY toxic. If ingested, it can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damages and respiratory failure. Azalea – This is a VERY common plant here in the Missouri 4-state area. It is in the same family as rhododendrons. Even eating a few leaves can result in vomiting, diarrhea and excessive drooling; without immediate veterinary attention, the pet could fall into a coma and possibly die. Daffodil Bulbs – Ingestion of the plant or flower can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. More serious reactions include abnormal heart rate or changes in respiration. Dieffenbachia – Popular in many homes and offices, dieffenbachia can cause intense oral irritation, drooling, nausea, vomiting and difficulty swallowing if ingested. Hyacinth/Tulip Bulbs – Though all parts of hyacinths and tulips can cause adverse reactions if ingested, these plants contain concentrated amounts of toxins in the bulb. If ingested in large amounts, bulbs can affect breathing and cause severe vomiting, diarrhea and an increase in heart rate. Lily – This includes Tiger, Day,...

Pets are Family – Even for your Pet Sitter

Last year toward the end of summer, a client of mine moved due to a shift in his job. Unfortunately, the move was out of my service area and too far to drive. I took care of his two Pugs and his cat 5 days a week. Boopadoo was a young, rambunctious Pug who was full of energy and loved to just run and run. She helped me lose weight as I ran with her around the apartment complex. Cody was a very old Pug who just liked to get out to potty and smell the fresh air and walk a bit in the grass. Kitty was an older cat, but loved to be petted and enjoyed getting her little treat each day. I realized the very first week or so how much I missed them. Today, though, at a Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee, I saw my client and we talked about the Pugs and Kitty. Boo now has a yard that she just loves and runs around like crazy. She helps Cody stay in this life as she keeps her on her toes, annoying and playing with her. As we talked, I realized how much these three had become a part of my life for the almost 7 months I took care of them and all their needs. I know my new contractor, Gen, has stayed much longer than the usual allotted time a few mornings for a couple of dogs we watched because they were in a crate all the time. She just wanted them to have fun and run and stretch. I...

Adopting Pets from Shelters

Don’t let perceptions keep you from adopting at a shelter. These dogs really need your help. With the number that come in, the shelter really needs your help, too. The more to care for, the harder it is to keep really sanitary conditions. As far as not knowing what you are getting yourself into, if you get a pure breed puppy from a puppy store, you STILL do not know what you are getting yourself into. While a breed may have certain characteristics, previous treatment and the pet’s own personality go a long way. Please OPT TO ADOPT.   From Pet 360 – Recognizing Barriers to Pet Adoption Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...

Safe Havens For Pets – 5 Ways To Make Your Home Safe For A Pet

By Debbie Davis It is estimated that more than 60% of homes in the United States alone have one or more pets. And one of the best things you can do for a pet is to eliminate as many hazards as possible. Here are 5 things you can do to make your home safer. Secure the garbage. Trash can be hazardous to pets. And some pets are able to raid the can better than others. Things such as jagged or tiny bones and other sharp items can puncture and tear vital organs as they make their way through the digestive tract. Other items that are hazardous such as chocolate, coffee and tea bags, discarded medication can all be deadly. Storing the trash inside a cabinet in a container that has a lid is a good idea. Lightweight containers that can be overturned by bigger animals should be avoided. If you avoid feeding your dog table scraps there is a chance that they may never be interested. But admittedly this is easier said than done. And once they’ve had a taste of people food, there’s no turning back. Establish toilet etiquette. As gross as this sounds, for those of us who are pet owners (particularly dogs), you know that some animals just like to go there. If you have a pet who likes toilet water, make sure that everyone who uses it always flushes until the water is clean. It’s also important that if this is your pet’s only water source, that everyone (guests included) is reminded to leave the top up and the door open. Forgetting do this can...

Pet Waste Duty

Yesterday, I spent two hours on one yard cleaning up after a Great Dane and two Labradors. While it was a small yard, the owners had not picked up for, what they admittedly said, was four months or so. I literally had a large 33 gallon bag full of pet waste for them to put out in their trash for the next day! There was not a section of grass that was not FULL of dog piles. While it is not a subject that is broached on a regular basis, there are health implications involved in keeping your yard clean and clear of pet waste. Especially if you have larger dogs. I think I touched on this in an earlier post, but dog feces is NOT good for your grass or garden. It is not compostable either. This is because dogs are meat eaters and their waste does not fertilize, but can possible kill your grass. Also, your dogs are, well… they are dogs. They do not care all that much about avoiding previously deposited piles and will walk through them just as easily as step around them. It may not seem like they are bringing anything in, but parasites are microscopic as is the bacteria they can track onto your rug, your sofa, your clothes when they jump on you and your lap, and maybe even your bed. Having someone clean your yard of pet waste weekly is a healthy and wise decision. If you find it a distasteful chore and your kids, even when assigned the task, do not do a good job because they, too, do...

Summer and Holiday Get Aways and Pet Sitting Plans

Don’t forget your pet’s care when you are planning for your summer and holiday plans. Many pet care providers, kennels and in-home pet sitting alike, book up quickly during this time of year. Call your pet care provider as soon as you know the dates of your get away and be sure they are available to care for your furry loved ones!   Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...