10 HOUSEHOLD PLANTS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO DOGS AND CATS

10 HOUSEHOLD PLANTS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO DOGS AND CATS

Over 700 indoor/outdoor plants contain toxic substances that may harm dogs and cats.
If these plants are ingested, signs of poisoning can be mild to severe, sometimes even causing death.
Most houseplants have multiple names, so it is important to confirm that the houseplants you currently own or

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Flea Control

A PET OWNER’S GUIDE TO FLEA CONTROL

Adult fleas are only part of the problem. Immature fleas (eggs and larvae) contribute to flea infestation, too.
Your pet does not have to go outside to get fleas.
Your veterinarian is a reliable source of information on safe and effective flea control products for your pet and home.

What Are Fleas?

Fleas

ABDOMINAL RADIOGRAPHY

ABDOMINAL RADIOGRAPHY

Abdominal radiography is painless, very safe, and noninvasive, and it can sometimes be performed during an outpatient visit while you wait.
Abdominal radiography is useful for evaluating the size, shape, and position of abdominal organs.
Sedation is sometimes recommended for patients undergoing radiography.
Radiography can help your veterinarian diagnose numerous medical conditions involving the intestines, bladder, and

ACETAMINOPHEN TOXICITY

ACETAMINOPHEN TOXICITY

Acetaminophen can be toxic to dogs and cats, but cats are 7 to 10 times more susceptible to acetaminophen toxicity than dogs are.
Once swallowed, acetaminophen reaches the blood stream within 30 minutes; toxic effects are rapid and damage the liver and red blood cells.
Never give a medication intended for people to your pet unless

ACTH STIMULATION TEST

ACTH STIMULATION TEST

ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) is a hormone produced by the brain that stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol and other hormones.
Two medical conditions, Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease, occur when the body’s regulation of adrenal gland hormones is altered.
The ACTH stimulation test can help your veterinarian diagnose Cushing’s disease or Addison’s disease.

What Is

ADDISON’S DISEASE

ADDISON’S DISEASE

Addison’s disease occurs when the body cannot produce adequate amounts of certain hormones, including a hormone called cortisol.
Addison’s disease tends to affect young to middle-aged dogs, and females are more commonly affected than males. It is rare in cats.
Diagnosis can be complicated, but most dogs respond well to appropriate treatment and can live normal

ADMINISTERING INJECTABLE MEDICATION TO YOUR CAT

ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO YOUR CAT

Before you leave your veterinarian’s office with a new medication, be sure to address any concerns or questions with your veterinary team.
It is very important to follow all label directions carefully.
Do not risk being bitten, scratched, or otherwise injured while trying to medicate your cat. If you are unable to administer

ADMINISTERING INJECTABLE MEDICATION TO YOUR DOG

ADMINISTERING INJECTABLE MEDICATION TO YOUR DOG

Most injectable medications given at home are administered by injection directly under the skin (known as subcutaneous injection).
Do not risk being bitten or otherwise injured trying to medicate your pet. If you are unable to administer medication, your veterinarian may be able to offer other options.
Your veterinary health care team

ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO YOUR DOG

ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO YOUR DOG OR CAT

Before you leave your veterinarian’s office with a new medication, be sure to address any concerns or questions with your veterinary team.
It is very important to follow all label directions carefully.
Do not risk being bitten or otherwise injured while trying to medicate your pet. If you are unable to

ADMINISTERING SUBCUTANEOUS FLUIDS TO YOUR CAT

ADMINISTERING SUBCUTANEOUS FLUIDS TO YOUR CAT

The procedure of injecting a sterile fluid solution directly under the skin is referred to as subcutaneous fluid administration.
The advantages of the subcutaneous fluid route include a lower cost (compared with the intravenous route) and ease of administration.
Your veterinary health team will work with you to make sure you know