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How to Prevent Common Pet Emergencies During Quarantine

Pets and Coronavirus

Coronavirus and COVID-19 has changed the world for everyone … and that includes our cats and dogs!

While it still doesn’t appear that dogs (or cats) can actually become infected with this novel coronavirus and develop the COVID-19 disease*, your pets can still be at other heightened health and safety risks during this time of self-isolation while we’re all working together to try and flatten the curve. [*Update: Apr. 8, 2020 — New cases and studies appear to show that cats (and ferrets, but not dogs) may be able to become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus. There is still no evidence or suggestion though that any pets can pass the virus or infection on to people. For an updated analysis of these new findings, please see our "Pets and COVID-19" podcast and article.]

This article will help you keep your pets as healthy and safe as possible in your home during this time of changed routines and #coronaquarantine. Not only will this help your pets, but it’ll also help save you additional stress (and costs) during this difficult time.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Xylitol, Pet Suffocation, Rodenticides, Household Dangers, Coronavirus

#IfOnlyIKnew: Milo's Brush With a Chip Bag

The evening of December 4, 2018 was unfolding like any other. Kristi Blust 
did the usual quick basketball practice drop off run with her daughter after work, taking the typical 10 minutes or so. She returned home to start making dinner for her family, just like the night before. That's where the similarities stop though. Sadly, that evening wasn’t going to be just like any other evening for Kristi and her family.

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Topics: pet safety, Dogs, Pet Suffocation, #IfOnlyIKnew, hearing loss

10 Everyday Activities That Can Land Your Dog in the Vet or ER

It’s been said that what you don’t know can’t hurt you, which is a silly thing to say, especially if you’re talking about your dog.

If you’ve read anything on Preventive Vet before, you’ll know that some of the biggest dangers to your dog are the things that you're not aware of yet. After all, you can't prevent what you're not aware of!

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Topics: pet safety tips, Xylitol, Xylitol Products, Chewing, Pet Suffocation, Chip Bags, Dog toys, puppy proofing

When A Safety Is Worth More Than Two Points: Super Bowl Pet Safety Tips

Denver v. Carolina!   Broncos v. Panthers!
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here!

Who’s excited? Who’s having people over? Who are you rooting for?

While it has yet to be decided whether Peyton and the Broncos can rule the day and win their third franchise Super Bowl, or if Cam and the Panthers will be able to put the cherry on top of an amazing (near perfect) season to win their first, I can tell you that all pet-owning football fans should be on the same side in at least one respect.

You see, regardless of who gets to hoist the Lombardi Trophy Sunday evening, the one thing everybody can agree on is that nobody wants to spend ANY part of the big game at the Animal ER and nobody wants to see their beloved pet suffer from any of the poisonings, illnesses, or injuries that are common on Super Bowl Sunday. Am I right?

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Topics: pet safety tips, pet safety, Cat Stress, Dog Stress, Poison control, Blog, Pet Suffocation

National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week – Preventing Heartbreak

National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week is Nov 28 – Dec 4, 2021

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

Storing Your Dog Kibble – Safely

How do you store your dog’s kibble? Do you keep it in its original bag? Or empty it into another container?

You’ve probably only thought about this question before in terms of the freshness of the dog food, if at all. Right? Well, while that’s indeed an important consideration, did you know there are legitimate safety aspects that should also influence your decision?

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Topics: pet safety tips, pet safety, GDV, Dog Behavior, Gastric Dilatation, Blog, Pet Suffocation, Dog Tips, Dog Food, Food Bloat, Storing Kibble

#IfOnlyIKnew: A Dog Treat Kills This Dog. And It's Not Because He Ate It

Since launching our Pet Suffocation Awareness and Prevention campaign, we’ve heard from many people who’ve had their heart broken from the devastating loss of a pet due to suffocation. Much like Bonnie Harlan’s story, most of these cases yield little empathy or significant action on the part of the manufacturer who makes the product and packaging that these pets have tragically suffocated in.

Pet Suffocation: What corporate responsibility looks like

One story though has a very different, very encouraging, and very meaningful result in terms of corporate response. We’re sharing it here to demonstrate what true corporate responsibility looks like within the pet industry, we hope that this shining example will spread far and wide and will help to bring about the necessary changes from the folks at Frito-Lay (the company that Bonnie is petitioning to add a warning label to their packaging - see link below) and other snack food manufacturers.

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Topics: Dogs, Blog, Sunshine Mills, Doritos, Dog Treats, Frito-Lay, Pet Suffocation, Chip Bags

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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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