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    The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series (Day 9 - Ribbons & Bows)


    DAY 9: Ribbons & Bows

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that curly ribbon and gift bows are good toys for your cats – after all, pictures and videos of playful cats rolling around with such objects can be found everywhere online, on television, and in print ads. But we in the veterinary profession also want pet owners to be aware that another place we commonly see kittens and cats playing with Christmas ribbons – or at least the debilitating and expensive results of such activities – is in the veterinary clinics and Animal ERs all across the country.

    This article will tell you what you need to know to recognize, react, and prevent this common holiday pet hazard. So dig in, read on, and don’t forget to share this information with your friends and family.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, holiday pet safety tips, Vomiting, Christmas pet hazards, Pet safety and houseguests, Linear Foreign Body, Cats and string, Diarrhea, Hiding, Septic peritonitis

    Cat Got a Cold? Do NOT Reach for the Tylenol!


    One problem that frequently has cat owners calling or visiting their vet about is ‘kitty cold.’ Whether it’s a snotty nose, goopy eyes, or a case of the ‘sniffles’, kitty colds are common, and especially so in kittens and cats that have come from shelters.
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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat health problem, pet safety, toxicity in cats, cat health questions, cat health issues, Poison control, Poison control for cats, Blog, Can I Give My Cat Tylenol, Kitty Colds, Cat Tips, Acetaminophen

    Flat-Faced (Brachycephalic) Cats and Hot Weather


    There's a lot of talk in the summer months about the dangers of Heat Stroke in dogs, but as a cat person you may be wondering whether or not the heat can affect your cat in the same way. The short answer is, yes. Though it happens less frequently, cats can also suffer from heat-related illnesses such as Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke during these warmer days.

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, cat health problem, Summer Pet Safety Tips, cat health questions, cat health issues, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Stress, Heat Stroke, Brachycephalic, Blog, Heat Stroke in Cats, Cats and Hot Weather, Cats and Breathing Problems, Cat Tips, Feline Asthma, Heat Stroke Risk Factors

    How to Make a First-Aid Kit for Cats


    When your pet suffers an injury, knowing what to do (and what not to do) can significantly affect your pet’s healing and recovery time. It can also help your emotional stress, because you will have a plan of action to follow. Taking a pet first aid class  is an excellent idea, but of course, you also need to make sure you have the supplies necessary to administer first aid if and when the time comes. Do you have a pet first aid kit?

    Below is a list of items every pet owner should include in their pet’s first aid kit. Depending on your particular pet’s medical history, you may need additional items, as well. It’s always a good idea to talk with your veterinarian to ensure that your own pet’s first aid kit is as complete as possible.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, First Aid, Pet First Aid Kits, cat first aid, Pet First Aid, Pet First Aid Supplies, Pet First Aid Kit

    Lesser Known Pet Toxicities: Human Pain Relievers and Cats Don't Mix


    Accidental poisoning is one of the most common reasons people bring their pets in for an emergency veterinary visit or call animal poison control each year. Toxicity caused by human pain relievers is one of the most preventable pet toxicities. Just a little awareness and simple changes to routine will prevent the majority of pets from accessing and eating little pills. The toxic results of ingestion can include damaged red blood cells, gastrointestinal ulceration, and liver or kidney failure, among other things.

    Think about it — most of the time, pain relievers and supplements intended for people are found in medicine cabinets or personal bags and purses. It’s easy enough to hang bags and purses on a high hook instead of throwing them on a chair when you get home at night — that eliminates the opportunity for pets to access them there.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, toxicity, toxicity in cats, medication, poison control center phone number, poison control number, medications, drugs, medicine, pet poison control free, poison control hotline, poison control center number, pet poison control, prescription drugs, Poison control, Poison control for cats, Blog

    Lesser Known Pet Toxicities: Lily Toxicity in Cats


    Lilies Kill Cats

    It may not come as much of a shock to know that certain plants and flowers can be toxic to pets.

    In fact, pet owners are so aware of certain toxicities that it’s not uncommon come December for emergency pet hospitals to start receiving calls from pet owners worried because their cat was seen nibbling on the leaf of a poinsettia plant. This is great (it’s always a good thing for pet owners to be educated and informed), but...

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    Topics: Cat Safety, pet safety tips, poisonous plants for cats, poisonous house plants for cats, pet safety, toxicity in cats, Lily, Lilies, Cat Renal Failure, Tiger Lily, Acute Kidney Failure in Cats, Lily Toxicity in Cats, Kidney Failure, Acute Kidney Failure, Stargazer Lily, Lily Flowers, Rubrum Lily, Easter Lily, Acute Renal Failure, Easter Flowers, Japanese Show Lily, Renal Failure, Plants Poisonous for Cats, 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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