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    Pets in Cars: Debunking Five Dangerous Misconceptions

    Sadly there are still many erroneous myths and misconceptions out there surrounding the idea of leaving pets in parked cars. These contribute to dangerous practices that result in the heat stroke cases and deaths that my colleagues are seeing on a daily basis and that we’re all read about in the news and online all-too-frequently.

    This article should debunk these misconceptions and put a stop to these dangerous practices. Use it to educate yourself and protect your pets, and share it to help educate others. The more people we can get to recognize the inherent dangers of these misconceptions and practices, the more injuries and deaths from heat stroke we can all help to prevent.

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Dogs, Safety, Cats, Heat Exhaustion, Summer, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Danger, Pets, Prevention, Blog

    You Need a Plan That Includes Your Cat: Emergency and disaster planning for pets

    Do you know where you could go with your pets if you needed to evacuate?

    Do you know basic pet first aid? In short – do you have a plan for dealing with possible emergencies and disasters?

    Preparing for disasters doesn’t need to be a big deal.  After all, it’s often the “little things” that can make a big difference when the s*#t hits the proverbial fan. A little advanced planning and awareness can go an awful long way.

    Fortunately these tenets are no less true for the health and safety of our pets during disasters and other emergencies. But, since our pets don’t typically formulate their own emergency preparedness plans, it’s up to us to ensure that they’re accounted for in ours.

    Critical Points in Creating Your Plan

    1. Planning before an emergency hits helps you and your pets.
    2. There are resources to help you.
    3. A disaster plan doesn’t need to be complex.
    Including your pets in your disaster planning won’t only make their life easier in the event of an emergency or disaster; it’ll make yours easier, too. After all, you and the rest of your family can’t afford to spend precious time scrambling to find shelter for your pets at the last minute if you need to evacuate. You certainly don’t want to leave them behind! Read More

    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Storms, Hurricanes, Disasters, Emergency, Tornadoes, Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Blog

    Easter fun with Fluffy: Keeping your pets safe and healthy during the holiday

    Easter is a great time to celebrate with family, but if you have pets, there are a few extra things you might want to think about if you want to keep them happy, healthy, and safe.

    Decorating can be dangerous

    Some of the plants and flowers that are commonly placed around the house and on tables this time of year can cause some serious problems for your pets. A few of the more common, and more dangerous, Easter-associated plants & flowers are listed below, but for a more extensive list of poisonous plants and flowers – and some nontoxic alternatives check out Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants on the ASPCA's webpage.

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, poisonous plants for dogs, poisonous plants for cats, pet safety, Lilies, Are Grapes Safe for Dogs, Easter Lily, Easter Flowers, easter, Xylitol, holiday safety, holiday pet safety tips, easter dinner, Blog

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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