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Going to the Vet – How to Collect Your Dog's Urine Sample


Are you noticing any concerning changes in your dog’s urinations? Are you noticing blood in his urine? Is he suddenly peeing more often? Is he now peeing in your house, or straining to pee? Or perhaps it’s not even his urinations, but rather an increase in his water drinking that you’ve recently noticed? Or maybe it’s weight loss, vomiting, or something else entirely that’s suddenly changed in your dog?

You’ve likely (hopefully) recognized that each of these situations are cause for a trip to the vet, but are you aware of the important role your dog’s urine might play in helping you and your vet figure out the underlying cause in all of these situations? Yes, that’s right… even in cases of vomiting, weight loss, and many other situations that seem to have absolutely no connection to your dog’s urinary system! Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Dog, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Dog Tips, Vomitting, Veterinary visits, Urine sample, Collecting a urine sample, Blood in urine, Pee-Pad Training, Urine analysis

Rat & Mouse Baits—Dangerous For Cats & Dogs... Know the signs


Many cats and dogs will be the first to take the bait

Each autumn and winter, there is a concerning rise of dog and cat poisonings due to rat and mouse poisons (rodenticides) that are seen in veterinary hospitals and animal ERs throughout the world.

With the declining temperatures and summer’s food bounty going away, rats and mice start seeking shelter and food in our homes, garages, sheds, and barns. To combat them, many people will put out rodenticides — chemicals and “baits” designed to kill rats and mice.

Unfortunately, cats and dogs will often be the first to take the bait. And as if that weren't enough, they can also be affected by eating poisoned rodents! Signs of rodenticide toxicity can be seen within hours to days, depending on the type of rodenticide used. Common clinical signs include:

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Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, pet safety tips, pet safety, toxicity, toxicity in cats, Dog Emergency, Kidney Failure, poison control for dogs, Cat Emergency, Toxicity in dogs, Poison control, Poison control for cats, Breathing problems, Seizures, Rat Bait, Lethargy, Internal Bleeding, Coughing, Rodenticides, Vomitting

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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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