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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hidden Holiday Hazards

Hidden Holiday Hazards

If you’ve gotten into the habit of following this blog, you probably know I’m forever warning pet parents of the dangers posed by holiday treats.  Chocolate is toxic. Fatty foods cause pancreatitis.  I know - you get it. At least I hope you do by now!  But what about some of those dangerous delicacies that aren’t quite as obvious?

One of the most common causes of pet poisoning comes from ingesting foods in the allium family.  If you’re fairly certain there’s no allium in your kitchen, think again.  The allium family consists of onions, garlic, leeks, shallots, chives, scallions, and hundreds of wild species. While these foods provide countless health benefits for humans, they can easily kill our cats and dogs.   Allium ingestion can lead to Heinz body anemia, a condition in which red blood cells are destroyed.  Clinical signs include lethargy, pale gums, weakness, loss of appetite, labored breathing, discolored urine, or collapse.  Cats are more likely to suffer from Heinz body anemia.  Since the culprits are present in so many of our foods, it is easy to forget what can safely be given to our pets.  The most severe case seen at Sabal Chase was that of a Jack Russell Terrier who had helped herself to a spice packet.  Santa had placed a chef’s gift basket under the tree, and while the misdeed had been noticed, the ingredients of the packet were not obvious.  It was not until the pet became gravely ill that her family put all of the pieces together.  While little Macy survived, she required thousands of dollars worth of emergency blood transfusions.  So while it’s the season for sharing, it’s best to refrain from sharing the holiday feast with our four-legged family members.

Macy spent Christmas at the emergency clinic after eating a spice packet.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Meet Berrin, Our December Pet Of The Month

Today is National Mutt Day, and to celebrate, we’ve named Berrin our December Pet of the Month!  Berrin was adopted from Miami Dade Animal Services, and her lineage is truly anybody’s guess.  Papillion? Spitz? Miniature Border Collie? Red Australian Cattle Dog? All of the above?  All we know for sure is that she is 100% adorable!  

Mixed breed dogs are less prone to congenital health problems.  They are great conversation starters (“What kind of dog is that?”), and are truly one of a kind.  So congratulations, Berrin, and tell all your friends - you’re our Pet of the Month!

Oh, and Happy National Mutt Day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pets And Diabetes

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, and while diabetes in pets is not uncommon, many pet parents are surprised to learn that a disease so prevalent in humans can affect their pets as well. For reasons veterinary researchers do not fully understand, diabetes tends to be more common in female dogs than in males.  Certain breeds of dogs are predisposed as well, including, but not limited to, dachschunds, schnauzers, poodles, and pugs. Cats are far more likely to develop diabetes than dogs.  According to official numbers, 1 in 400 cats is diabetic, but since cats are experts at hiding signs of illness, the actual number is probably much higher.

Diabetes in both cats and dogs generally develops between six and nine years of age. Clinical signs include increased thirst, increased or inappropriate urination, recurring urinary tract infections, change in appetite, change in gait, and lethargy. Treatment can be as simple as a change in diet, but many pets require medication or insulin injections for life. A new type of insulin has been shown to put diabetic cats into remission after several months - or even weeks - of treatment! Just like their human counterparts, cats and dogs are far more prone to diabetes if they are overweight or obese.  For this reason, (and many others) it is wise to ensure your pets maintain a healthy weight and active lifestyle.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Meet Jade, Our November Pet Of The Month!

This November, our Pet of the Month is Jade! Jade is a 16-year-old tabby who’s got her whole family wrapped around her proverbial little finger.  And with good reason. Jade is always a trooper when she comes in to see Dr. Kupkee and all of her friends, and on most days, nothing seems to slow this sassy senior down.  Congratulations, Jade - tell all of your friends. You’re our Pet of the Month!
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Obesity and the Pet Food Marketing Machine

Obesity and the Pet Food Marketing Machine

We’ve all seen those adorable pet food commercials where a pet comes racing around the corner, and skids to a halt in front of a heaping bowl of food. Emphasis on heaping! If you’ll pardon the obvious pun, this is a huge pet peeve for me. Some advertisements feature toy breed dogs plowing into portions that would gorge a Golden Retriever.  With these types of images bombarding the pet owning public’s senses, it’s little wonder that over 60% of America’s pets are either overweight or obese.

In their zeal not to avoiding becoming victims of marketing, many consumers will take what is normally a wise course of action, and the read the instructions on their pet’s food for feeding suggestions. However, the suggested portions of dog and cat food printed on these bags are often enough to make my jaw hit the floor. Bear in mind that these are only suggestions, and many food companies would rather err on the side of overfeeding, as opposed to underfeeding.  Additionally, pet food companies are for-profit entities. At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, no company is going to print a label that basically tells consumers to please use less of their product! Generally speaking, I advise my clients to read the recommended feeding amounts on the package, and reduce that amount by at least 20%.  Your veterinary team can better advise you on the more quality foods the market has to offer, as well as the amounts best suited for your pet’s individual needs.

Monday, October 12, 2015

We Love our Veterinary Nurses!

It’s Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week!

This week, we take the time to officially express the gratitude and appreciation we feel towards our veterinary technicians. At Sabal Chase Animal Clinic, we call these caring professionals nurses. After all, they fix pets, not computers! When a bleeding emergency rushes through the door, our nurses are the first to render aid. When your pet recovers from anesthesia, he does so in the arms of one of our awesome nurses. They are the first ones to arrive at the office and the last ones to leave.  They make it possible for our doctors to do what they do. Did we mention they do all of the above while getting pooped, peed and puked on?! And so this week, we say what’s in our hearts every day of every week - thank you! You are loved, you are valued, you are needed, you are appreciated. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Meet Deagan, Our October Pet Of The Month!

Meet Deagan, Our October Pet Of The Month!

October is Pet Obesity Awareness Month! To celebrate, we’ve named Deagan our Pet of the Month. Deagan is the Sabal Chase equivalent of The Biggest Loser, having lost a whopping 17 pounds in 11 months! His mom credits reasonable portions of quality food, and more emphasis on exercise as key factors in his success. While it has been difficult at times to resist those big brown eyes, his increased energy levels and quality of life remind everyone in the household that the bigger picture is more important. Additionally, Deagan’s family has found healthy alternatives to pre-packaged pet treats. Treats are massive sources of hidden calories and fat. In his book “Chow Hounds”, veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward explains how a single Snausages SnawSomes Peanut Butter and Apple treat is the caloric equivalent of four large slices of Domino’s Pizza with extra cheese for a human! 


Congratulations Deagan, and brag to all your friends - you’re our Pet of the Month!

Deagan before
Deagan after!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What is a Service Dog?

What is a Service Dog?

September is National Service Dog Month! It’s also a good time to answer one of the most commonly asked questions on this topic: What exactly IS a Service Dog?

According to the Department of Justice (the agency that regulates and protects Service Dogs under section III of the Americans with Disabilities Act), a Service Dog is trained to perform tasks that a disabled person cannot do, or tasks that alleviate the effects of a person’s disability.  For example, a Service Dog may be trained to dial 911, alert a diabetic handler to dangerous fluctuations in blood sugar levels, retrieve dropped items, guide a blind handler, or provide physical stability to a handler with mobility or balance issues.  A Psychiatric Service Dog might physically block a handler in a dissociative state from walking into dangerous situations, or may redirect a handler who suffers from panic attacks or PTSD.  By law, the behaviors that designate Service Dogs must be learned behaviors, as opposed to behaviors a dog may naturally display. For example, a dog whose mere presence provides comfort to a handler with an anxiety disorder is NOT a Service Dog. While such a dog may qualify as an Emotional Support Animal, or ESA, these animals are not granted the same rights and privileges as a Service Dog.  For more information, visit

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Meet Aya, Our September Pet Of The Month!

September is National Service Dog Month, and to celebrate, we’re featuring Aya, our September Pet of the Month! Aya is a three year old German Shepherd who assists her handler in overcoming mobility issues. Because of Aya, her owner is able to enjoy a quality of life that was previously impossible. For more information on Service Dogs, please visit
Congratulations, Aya! Keep up the great work, and share with your friends - you’re our Pet of the Month!

Aya assists her handler, Sheila at the grocery store.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's Back To School Time!

Summer is a time when many families decide to bring home a new pet.  When children are home from school, and routines are more relaxed, more time can be spent helping the new pet adjust, and teaching children about the responsibilities of pet ownership.  When the school year starts, and routines change drastically, the pet can easily become confused or develop separation anxiety.  This is especially true of pets who were brought home as puppies or kittens, and are now entering adolescence.

If you suspect your pet has the back-to-school blues, be sure to include them in the morning routine.

Feed them one of their main meals at this time, as they are more likely to sleep throughout the day if their belly is full.  Designate a special toy that is only given to them by the children, and only as the children are leaving for the day.  Look for toys marketed as food  puzzles or brain teasers that will allow your pet to entertain himself.  A “cat sitter” DVD with images of birds and squirrels can keep a bored kitty entertained for hours.  Allow both pets and children to play together and blow off steam as soon as the kids get home.  When it’s time for homework, encourage the pet to sit quietly near the children as they study.  Making the afternoon routine predictable and fun will give your pets something to look forward to, and make it easier for them to cope with being alone all day.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Dogs and Swimming

A question I am often asked during the summer is whether or not all dogs instinctively know how
to swim.  Many breeds of dogs, such as Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and
Portuguese Water Dogs are both physically built and genetically wired for swimming, while
many other breeds do not fare nearly as well.  Dogs with deep chests, such as Boxers,
Weimaraners, and Great Danes are naturally top heavy, and may or may not be strong enough
to make up for this natural imbalance.  Brachycephalic, or “smushy-­faced” breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boston Terriers tend to be very poor swimmers and are common victims of
drownings.  While some of these dogs may enjoy the water, my recommendation is to only allow
swimming if the dog is wearing a life ­vest, on a leash, and very closely supervised.

While Dachshunds are not generally a water-­loving loving breed, our little Grendel is a skilled
and enthusiastic swimmer! That being said, she has yet to figure out how to budget enough
energy to return to shore before running out of energy. This is not an uncommon problem, so
dog owners should be certain to teach their dogs how to reach the side of the pool and climb out
unassisted. Consider installing a doggie pool ramp and teaching your dog where it is and how to
use it.  Dogs that swim in natural bodies of water must be taught to return to you on command
without exception.  Since Grendel will not do this consistently, she is only allowed to swim in the
bay attached to a long, extendable leash.  As she ages, we are more inclined to add the life
vest.  It is important to remember our dog’s changing physical abilities as each new summer
rolls around.  Dogs that are elderly, blind, deaf, or prone to seizures must never be left
unattended near any bodies of water or unfenced pools.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Meet Leia, Our August Pet of the Month!

Leia was adopted last month from Miami Dade Animal Services. Leia rules the roost in her new home, and her favorite place to be is on top of her new dad’s head! Leia has plenty of friends looking for forever homes in our shelter. If you’ve thinking of adopting a furry friend, check out our social media platforms for details, using the hashtag #ClearTheShelters.

Congratulations Leia and share with your friends - you’re our Pet of the Month!

Friday, July 31, 2015

It's National Mutt Day!

Why We Love Mutts

July 31st is National Mutt Day! Here are just a few of the reasons why we love mutts.

They’re one of a kind

With all the genetic mixing that goes into the creation of a mutt, even two puppies from the same litter can look completely different. Chances are, you’ll never meet another dog that looks exactly like yours.

They tend to have fewer congenital health problems

While this has never been scientifically proven, or even studied, most vets agree that mixed-breed dogs have fewer breed specific problems than their purebred counterparts. Problems that we do see in mutts, tend to be less pronounced and easier to treat. For example, a German Shepherd mix with hip dysplasia is may respond beautifully to supplements and a change in exercise routines. A purebreed, however, is more likely to need expensive orthopedic surgery. Pet insurance companies would seem to agree, as mutts are cheaper to insure. Which leads to the next point.

They’re a heck of a bargain

Mutts are often adopted from shelters for a modest adoption fee. Additionally, they are usually spayed/neutered, microchipped, dewormed, heartworm tested and vaccinated before they leave the shelter. This saves hundreds of dollars in veterinary “start-up costs”. And did we mention they’re cheaper to insure?!

They’re great conversation starters

Whether it’s a trip to the dog park or a dog-friendly social event, someone is bound to ask “What kind of dog is that?” Instant ice-breaker!

You probably saved a life

Mixed breed dogs rarely make it out of shelters alive. And mutts seem to know it. Your reward? Unconditional loyalty and love, the likes of which you’d never imagined.

What do you love about your mutt? And don’t be shy! Send us a picture! We’d love to meet your mutt!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

It's National Pet Fire Safety Day!

It’s National Pet Fire Safety Day!

According to the National Fire Protection Association,  roughly 1,000 house fires per year are accidentally started by pets.  While this number seems high, it’s a bit easier to fathom when you factor in all the ways in which our pets get into trouble.  Since today is National Pet Fire Safety Day, let’s talk about some ways to keep the whole family safe.

Switch to Flameless Candles

Many house fires are started when candles are knocked over by agile cats, or swept to the floor by dog’s wagging tail. It’s so easy to forget about a burning candle. Give yourself one less thing to worry about and switch to flameless varieties.

Cover Stove Knobs

A surprisingly high number of house fires are caused by “counter surfing” pets who accidentally turn on stove tops! Since toddlers and small children are guilty of this as well, there are many products on the market that turning on the stove impossible for both human kids and fur-kids.

Be Mindful of Electrical Cords

Dogs, puppies, kittens, cats, house rabbits - they all LOVE chewing and playing with electrical cords. Keep them out of your pet’s reach and consider securing pets in crates, or separate rooms when you are not at home.

Keep Crated Pets Near a Window or Door

This will make it easier for firefighters to reach them, which increases their chances of being rescued from a fire. Keep leashes nearby as well, as this can save precious time in a rescue situation.

Alert Firefighters to Your Pet’s Presence

If you don’t think firefighters are willing to risk their lives to save an animal, think again! That being said, make it a bit easier for them. If you’re calling in a fire, let them know how many pets you have and where they are located. Better yet, place “Save My Pet” decals on your windows. While we hope this type of advice is never needed, it’s always better to safe - and prepared - than sorry.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our July Pet of the Month is Cleo!

Meet Cleo, our July Pet of the Month!

This July, our Pet of the Month is Cleo!

At age 12, Cleo has seen quite a few vet visits. But this sassy senior is always happy to see her fan club here at Sabal Chase - with or without her awesome red dancing shoes! Congratulations Cleo, and share with all your friends. You’re our Pet of the Month!
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stormy Weather

Here in South Florida, June tends to be the rainiest month of the year. And while the wet stuff is a welcome respite from our bone dry winters, the thunder can be terrifying for our pets.  While both cats and dogs can suffer from storm anxiety, cats generally have much better coping skills. Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of places to hide, including closets and underneath beds. Open-mouthed breathing or inappropriate urination may require a trip to vet for some anti-anxiety medication. Don’t try to cuddle or hug a frightened cat unless she initiates. More than likely, she will want to hide by herself, and it is best to let her do that.

It is also wise to give dogs a safe to hide, but unlike their feline counterparts, they may need to be taught to go there. A dog’s “safe space” should be small and cozy, with as much insulation against sound as possible. The corner of a closet can be fitted with a crate that will be further insulated by hanging clothes. Keep chew toys and favorite things inside the crate to encourage your dog to go there, and praise him lavishly when he does so. If you are home when a storm hits, try  running through a routine of any obedience or trick commands your dog may know. This will help boost his confidence, and help him to focus on you, not the storm. For more information on storm anxiety, check out this page on our website!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hurricane Prep

Remember those balmy, breezy, 75 degree days we enjoyed while New England wa buried in snow? Well, South Floridians, it’s payback time! June marks the beginning of hurricane season, the time of the year when friends to the north DON’T want to be here!

Many people know that South Florida has hurricane shelters that allow you to bring your pets. What many people do not know, however, is that only some of our shelters are pet-friendly, and your pets must be registered ahead of time. For information on pre-registration, click here. Since spaces are limited, do this now if you would like to use this service.

When preparing your hurricane supply list, don’t forget about your pets. Make sure you have enough non-perishable food and bottled water for your pets, and double check the contents of their first aid kit. Be sure to refill their supplements and prescription medications. Decide where your pet will ride out a storm and have plenty of toys to keep him occupied. In Miami, hurricane preparation is a fact of life. It’s a small price to pay for living in the vibrant, sunny, diverse metropolis we are privileged enough to call home.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Meet Humo, Our June Pet of the Month!

Meet Humo, our June Pet of the Month!

June is Adopt A Cat Month! And three-year-old Humo hit the jackpot with his adoptive family!

When it comes to showing signs of illness, cats can be masters of disguise. But when Humo's mom noticed he seemed down and out, she brought him right in for a checkup. As it turned out, Humo was suffering from a urinary tract condition which could have led to a complicated and costly surgery. Thanks to his mom's quick thinking and TLC, Humo is back to his old self - and up to his usual tricks!

Congratulations, Humo, and share with all your friends! You're our Pet of the Month!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Don't Push a Patient Pet

Last year, an acquaintance told my wife that they were forced to rehome their dog after said dog bit their daughter. When my wife asked if anyone knew what provoked the bite, the mother replied, “Absolutely nothing! Maddie was just in front of Peaches’s face, barking at Peaches like she was a dog. It’s their favorite game - they played it all the time. But this time, Peaches just snapped.”

Let me make this perfectly clear. Dogs NEVER “just snap”. EVER.

I am willing to bet that a fly on the wall would have seen a dog that was showing subtle signs of discomfort, stress, avoidance, or aggravation. And just like their human companions, every dog has a breaking point. A pet that is being tolerant of that kind of in-your-face (literally) behavior, should be rewarded, not forced to endure it further. Instruct children who are harassing dogs that what’s fun for them is considered rude to dogs. Remove younger children from the situation. For older children, take advantage of the teachable moment to learn about more appropriate ways to interact with the family pet.  A patient pet should be cherished and loved, not forced into a situation that causes her to lose her home.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's Getting Hot Out There!

It’s Getting Hot out There!

While the rest of the country begins to thaw, Spring in South Florida is beginning to sizzle. While the animal care community invests copious resources warning pet parents about the dangers of heat, veterinarians still see a surprising number of heat related injuries and emergencies.

As temperatures begin to climb, pet parents need to take special care not to forget about pets that are in their cars. A startling number of American pets still die in locked cars during the summer months. Even on an overcast day, temperatures inside a locked car can reach lethal levels very quickly. Animal care activists have suggested that pet parents tie a ribbon around the door handle or steering wheel of their vehicles every time they have their pets in the car. In theory, this should serve as a reminder of a pet’s presence.

The following is a video made by a colleague named Dr. Ernie Ward. To raise awareness of heat related pet deaths, Dr. Ward sat in a hot car with the windows slightly open and documented his own response. It is everyone’s hope that his efforts will help pet parents to pay more attention to the fur babies in the back seat.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May Pet of the Month

Meet Cujo, our May Pet of the Month. Cujo is a 10 year old Sharpei mix with a heart of gold, and the spirit of a champion! In September Cujo was diagnosed with a type of cancer known as distal jejunum adenocarcinoma. His mom and dad wasted no time starting chemotherapy treatment. After 6 months of treatment Cujo was officially in remission and showing no signs of slowing down. This big marshmallow is both a lover and a fighter! Congratulations Cujo and tell all your friends- you're our May Pet of the Month!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pet First Aid Part 2

April is the American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month! Here are some vital pet first aid products you didn't know you already had.

Corn Starch

Corn starch can be dabbed onto a broken or torn toenail to stop the bleeding. While styptic powder is a better choice, this common pantry item will do the trick in a pinch.  Once the bleeding stops, encourage your pet to relax, and monitor for signs of infection.


This popular, inexpensive, over the counter medication can be safely given to dogs who are scratching, or exhibiting small, puffy welts. Large welts, hives, or facial swellings should NOT be medicated at home. Your pet will need injectable antihistamines to stave off anaphylactic shock. Take him to a veterinarian immediately.

Dogs can safely be given one milligram of Benadryl per pound of body weight up to every eight hours. NEVER EVER EVER give Benadryl Allergy with Decongestant, or any product containing a decongestant. The only active ingredient in the product should be diphehydramine.  Pets may be drowsy after taking Benadryl.

Unflavored Pedialyte

A pet who has been vomiting needs to replace lost electrolytes. Most are happy to lap up unflavored Pedialyte. Spike it with a bit of healthy chicken broth (low fat, low sodium, no MSG) and he will find it irresistible. Do NOT give sports drinks, as they contain unhealthy amounts of sugar. The sugar free, or reduced calorie versions may contain artificial sweeteners that can lead to serious illness.

None of these remedies should ever be substituted for proper veterinary care. First aid is meant only as stop gap for a problem that can not be solved right away. Take your pet for a follow-up visit to your veterinarian as soon as you are able to do so.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Pet First Aid

April is the American Red Cross’s Pet First Aid Awareness Month! If you've ever thought about a home first aid kit for your pets, now is the time to make it happen. Here are some of the items you should have in your pet’s first aid kit.

Numbers and directions to the nearest emergency clinic

Let’s start with the most obvious. First aid is never meant to be a cure. Once your pet is stable,  he will need to be seen by a veterinarian. Include written directions as well as a map. While this may seem redundant, it is difficult to think straight under extreme stress. Make it as easy for yourself as you possibly can. Include the information for your pet’s regular veterinarian so that pet sitters or other family members will know what to do in your absence. Most general practitioners will see emergencies during regular business hours, so depending on when your emergency occurs, you may not need to go to an emergency facility. If you have time, and can do so safely, call the facility and let them know you are en route. Briefly state the nature of the problem and your pet’s approximate weight. If time is of the essence, just go. It’s our job to handle emergencies.

Number for the Pet Poison Hotline

If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxin, and he is not in need of immediate assistance, or if you are unsure whether or not a compound is toxic, call the Pet Poison Hotline at 855-764-7661. They are open 24 hours, seven days per week. While the call is toll free, at the time of this writing, there is a $39 fee per incident.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is useful for the induction of vomiting. Never use it on wounds as it kills normal cells in addition to bacteria. This can impede healing and result in scarring. Do not induce vomiting without first contacting your veterinarian or an emergency facility. Some toxins cause as much damage on the way up as they do on the way down, so only do this if the professionals advise you to do so.

Turkey Baster or Syringe Without a Needle

See “induction of vomiting” above.

Basket Muzzle
Even the most well-trained dog may bite when frightened or in pain. A basket muzzle will protect you from a bite while still allowing your pet to pant, drink water or vomit.


These are useful for removing thorns, stingers, and ticks.

Antiseptic Wash or Wipes

Chlorhexidine or Betadine are inexpensive and can be purchased just about anywhere.

Sterile Eye Wash

Blunt-Tipped Bandage Scissors

Gauze Bandaging


Never use these on your pet’s skin as they will be painful to remove. Band-aids are useful for keeping gauze bandaging in place.

Rectal Thermometer

Make sure you know ahead of time what your pet’s normal body temperature range should be. It will always be higher than a human’s, so don’t be alarmed by high numbers or “fever” warnings if you are using a product designed for human babies.

KY Jelly

See “rectal thermometer” above.

Karo Syrup

This is a must for small dogs, as they are prone to hypoglycemia.

Styptic Powder

Use this to stop bleeding in torn toenails. For bleeding wounds, QuickClot, available at most pharmacies, can literally be a lifesaver.

Latex Gloves


Handling Devices

Depending on what type of pet you have, include leashes, carriers, or pillowcases and towels for frightened kitties. You don’t want to run around looking for these when time is of the essence.

A Sturdy Box

Package your supplies, mark the box clearly, decide where it will go and DON’T MOVE IT.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, it’s enough to start a family conversation regarding emergency procedures for your pets.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Pet of the Month

Meet Piglet, our April Pet of the Month! Piglet is an 11 year old diva who shares her house with rescue and foster dogs. Sounds hectic? Not with Piglet around! This feisty feline rules the roost. Congratulations, Piglet and tell all your friends. You’re our Pet of the Month!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pet Poison Awareness Part 2

While some human medications can be used safely in pets, always consult your veterinarian first. Never assume that medications which are safe for children or babies are also safe for pets. Here is a list of some of the most common causes of medication toxicity,

Tylenol (even a single, small dose can be fatal to cats)
Diet pills
Adderall (used to treat ADHD in children)
Sleep aids
Anti-anxiety medications

If you suspect your pet has ingested a medication, call your veterinarian immediately. If poisoning is suspected, take the medication packaging with you to the vet. Most importantly, be honest with your veterinarian and staff about what your pet may have ingested.  Accidents happen. We are not there to judge you. Knowing what your pet may have eaten saves precious time and avoids the expense of unnecessary diagnostics.