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Going On Vacation... Who Makes Pet Care Decisions While You're Away?


The holiday season often means vacation

And while it’s always nice to include your pets in your travel plans, doing so isn’t always practical or possible. It’s at times like these that more and more people are turning to pet sitters and family/friends to watch and help care for their cats and dogs (and other pets).

When you're away from your pet though – who's authorized to make their medical care decisions on your behalf?

You'll likely think to leave behind instructions regarding feeding, walking, and medicating your pets. But are you aware of the importance of leaving whoever is going to be watching after your pets another very important bit of information, too – authorization for medical care decisions in your absence? 

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Topics: Dogs, travel with pets, holiday safety, Cats, Travel, pet sitting, treatment authorization, pet health

National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week – Preventing Heartbreak


National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week is Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2018

Pets suffocate in chip and snack bags literally every day. It takes as few as 3–5 minutes for a dog or cat rummaging through a bag for crumbs to asphyxiate. It can happen to any pet, regardless of their size, age, or strength; and it can, and has, happened even when the pet owners are in the same home, maybe even in the next room over.

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Topics: pet safety, Dogs, Cats, Pet Suffocation, Chip Bags

Antifreeze Poisoning In Cats & Dogs – Now Even Scarier


Update on Antifreeze!

With the cooler weather approaching, I want to take a moment to share an important update within the veterinary world and remind you of a common “cooler weather” pet poison.

Is your pet at risk?

  • Do you change your car's fluids at home?
  • Do you have a leaky car that drips on the pavement?
  • Do your pets have access to your driveway or garage?
  • Is your cat an outdoor cat and roams the neighborhood?
  • Does your dog roam your neighborhood?
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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, pet safety tips, toxicity in cats, Dogs, Cats, Antifreeze, Toxicity in dogs, Poison control, Winter pet hazards, EG toxicity

Dog or Cat Has Diarrhea? Here's What You Can Do At Home.


Diarrhea is one of the most common problems that brings both cats and dogs to the vet.

Loose stools aren’t any fun for your pet, and having to clean up the resulting messes and get up in the middle of the night to let your pet out to relieve themselves isn’t very much fun for you either. So what can you do and how can you best help your pet when their stools aren’t exactly right?

Of course the answer depends on what else is going on with your pet and what the likely cause of their diarrhea is.

If your pet is otherwise acting normally — normal energy, normal appetite, no vomiting, etc. — they're up-to-date on their vaccines, aren't very young or old, don’t have any significant pre-existing medical conditions — Addison’s disease, kidney failure, etc. — and there's no blood, straining, or foreign material associate with their diarrhea  then it’ll likely be ok to try and “ride out” your pet’s diarrhea for 24-36 hours.

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Topics: Kidney Failure, Cats, Dog, Addison’s Disease, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Diarrhea, Bland Diet

Ewww! – My dog is eating cat poop!


Keeping "Kitty Roca" Off the Menu

If you’ve got cats and dogs you’ve likely fought the battle to keep your dogs from “helping” you keep the cat’s litter boxes clean — yes? Perhaps you’re still fighting the battle? Maybe you’ve given up?

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, pet safety, Litter Box, Dogs, Cats, Pets, Vomiting, Blog, Dog Tips, Diarrhea, Digestive upset, Cats and Dogs Living Together

Measuring Pet Food – When A Cup Is Not A Cup


While any container you can drink liquid out of can be called a cup, when it comes to feeding your pets, it is important to keep in mind that “a cup” is actually a defined unit of volume measurement.

Now it does get a bit confusing, since the 8 ounces in “a cup” refers to ounces of volume, rather than ounces of weight. And that confusion can be further compounded by the fact that the volume in a fluid measuring cup isn’t exactly the same as that in a dry measuring cup.

Fortunately though, those particulars aren’t really that important here (and I share a simple "work-around" below anyway). When it comes to your pet’s weight and their overall health, what is important is that an empty “Big Gulp” cup, an empty take out food container, and any other of the myriad empty "things" capable of holding food or water that people so frequently use to scoop their pet’s food are not the “cups” that we veterinarians and the feeding recommendations on the back of pet food bags are talking about. These measuring cups are.

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Topics: Dogs, Overweight Cat, Overweight Dog, Cats, Food, Dog Tips, Storing Kibble, Cat Tips

Pet Safety – When Holiday Houseguests Come to Visit


Gifts, holiday foods, and food preparation materials aren’t the only dangers your pets are likely to face during the holiday season. Along with the presents, wrapping, and large meals common this time of year, this is also often a time for a revolving door of house visitors and overnight guests. And whether those guests are neighbors and friends popping in briefly from down the street, or friends and family coming to stay from across the country, many will inadvertently bring with them toxins and other pet hazards that could ruin your holiday and deplete your bank account. With some important awareness and some simple precautions, you’ll be able to welcome your friends and family warmly and with open arms, without compromising your pet’s safety and well-being.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, Lilies, Xylitol, holiday safety, Cats, chocolate toxicity in dogs, Dog, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Christmas pet hazards, Pet Hazards at Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Safety, Christmas pet dangers, Pet safety and houseguests, Poinsettias

Thanksgiving Safety For Cats and Dogs

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday and a great time to join together with friends and family - be they two legged or four (or even three, lest we forget about our tripawd dogs and cats). But as you’re preparing your Thanksgiving plans, it’s important to be aware of the common pet hazards associated with this day of friends, family, feasting, fun, and football. For if you’re not, you may be enjoying your Thanksgiving in the animal emergency room uttering another word beginning with ‘f’. Oh, that’s right, ‘phooie’ begins with a ‘p’… my bad ;-)

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Dogs, Are Raisins Safe for Dogs, Cats, Dog, Pancreatitis, Blog, Dog Treats, Dog Tips, Bowel Perforation, Gastroenteritis, Onions, Are bones safe for dogs, Safe pet treats, Yeast, Safe dog treats, Pet Hazards at Thanksgiving, Turkey, Stuffing, Thanksgiving Safety

Halloween Safety for Dogs & Cats


Halloween is just around the corner and so, if you’ve got pets, you should be aware that there are a few pet emergencies that occur more commonly on and around Halloween.

 

This night may be a wonderful time for you and your two-legged kids, although ‘All Hallows Eve’ may not be as fun a time for your four-legged ones.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, Dogs, Xylitol Dogs, chocolate toxicity, Cats, Pet costumes, Halloween Treats, Dog costumes, Halloween

BBQs, Sun, Water, and Fun - Oh My! Summer Pet Safety for Your Dog.


Come summer, who isn’t ready for the sunshine, BBQs, fireworks, trips to the river, lake, beach, and all the other joys that summer brings?

Believe it or not, there is one group that likely isn’t ready… your pets!

With a few simple steps you can help prepare your pets and keep them safe this summer. This article will serve as an overview of the summer hazards that commonly sicken, injure, and kill cats and dogs this time of year. Awareness is such an important part of prevention. So please, give this article a good read and be sure to share it with your pet-loving friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Here’s to a safe and wonderful summer for all – human and pet, alike!

Summer Pet Safety Tips:

  1. Summer carries dangers from heat, water, toxins, and an increase in injuries.
  2. Always consider your pet’s safety and comfort.
  3. Sometimes it’s better to leave your pet safe in the home, rather than exposed to danger.

HEAT

Though that beautiful glowing orb in the sky improves our collective mood and helps to sustain life on our planet, it can lead to a few significant problems for our beloved pets, too.
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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, flea treatment, High Rise Syndrome, Dogs, Safety, Cats, Summer, Heat Stroke, Pets, Swimming, Boating, Barbeques, Sunburn, Blue Green Algae, Snails, Paw Pad Burns, Fireworks, Slugs, Antifreeze, 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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