Poisonous Holiday Plants

Part of the holiday festivities often includes purchasing seasonal plants including holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias. I’m often asked if it’s safe to include these in a house shared with 4 legged family members. Though they have a bad rap, poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) plants are only mildly toxic to cats and dogs. According to the Pet Poison Hotline, the milky white…

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Ebola, Dogs, and the CDC

Recently there was discussion about how we should handle dogs living with a person who tested positive and received treatment for Ebola infection. Some have suggested these pets be euthanized, but I disagree with this. According to the CDC…. “At this time, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to…

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Fall Allergies…Help is on the Way

Allergies are common in many pets in the fall and spring. Certain breeds such as terriers and retrievers are especially affected. Allergic pets tend to be very itchy, and many have secondary chronic ear and skin infections (the allergies must be treated or these infections will never go away.) Traditional doctors treat allergies with steroids and antihistamines. Antihistamines rarely work,…

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