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Blue-Green Algae in Water - Not Safe for Dogs or People


Avoid Water That Looks Like This

For many dogs, summer often means swimming in lakes, rivers, or ponds. Along with the standard water safety steps (close observation, doggie PFDs, etc) and post-swimming ear cleaning to avoid ear irritation and infections, there’s something else you need to be aware of when you take your dogs swimming (or hiking/camping near water)… blue-green algae.

These dangerous algal blooms are most common during periods of high heat.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog, Swimming, Ataxia, Seizures, Diarrhea, Skin irritation, Dogs Outdoors

Deskunk Your Dog – Hold the Tomato Juice


In the battle of dog vs. skunk, nobody wins. Right?

After all, the skunk is scared or sadly killed, your dog winds up smelling like a, well… skunk, and you’re now left having to bathe your dog (often right before you have to run out the door for your work day!).

If your dog has been skunked, (if you can) don't let them in the house or your car – it could take a lot of effort (and money) to remove the smell and it can take months. Pew!

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog, Dog Tips, Skin irritation, Dogs Outdoors, Deskunking

Antifreeze is Poisonous to Dogs and Cats


If you’re like most people, you likely don’t think about the antifreeze in your car very often. And you likely only change it, or have it changed, every few years. But if you’ve got pets (or children, or care about the environment), the antifreeze you and your neighbors have in your cars and garages is actually very important.

Ethylene Glycol – What Every Pet Owner Should Know

Most antifreezes contain ethylene glycol, a chemical compound that causes significant, often fatal, problems for both cats and dogs.

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety, toxicity in cats, Dog, Excessive drinking, Antifreeze, Toxicity in dogs, Poison control, Blog, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Excessive drooling, Staggering, Skin irritation, Winter pet hazards, Ethylene Glycol, EG toxicity, Loss of balance

Which Ice Melter Is Pet Safe?

Why some ice melters are safer for pets than others

When you and your neighbors are faced with icy driveways and sidewalks this winter, your choice of ice melter can affect the health and safety of your dogs.

Were you aware that there are a few pet safer choices for ice melters? (Note that NO ice melters are pet safe, some are just pet safER than others.)

Traditional ice melters, those containing sodium chloride and other salts, can lead to a wide variety of problems for pets:

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Topics: Dog Safety, pet safety, Dog, Blog, Dog Tips, Seizures, Digestive irritation, Burns, Digestive upset, Staggering, Depression, Skin irritation, Pet Safe Ice Melters, Dogs in the snow, Winter pet hazards

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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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