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10 HOUSEHOLD PLANTS THAT ARE DANGEROUS TO DOGS AND CATS

March 3, 2016

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

March 3, 2016

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

March 3, 2016

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

March 3, 2016

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

ADDISON’S DISEASE

March 3, 2016

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

March 3, 2016

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 MEDICATIONS TO YOUR DOG

March 3, 2016

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

March 4, 2016

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

ADOPTING INSTEAD OF BUYING A PET

March 3, 2016

ADOPTING INSTEAD OF BUYING A PET

While estimates vary, approximately three to four million dogs and cats are euthanized (“put to sleep”) each year in the United States because too few people spay or neuter the pets they have, too few adopt their new pets, and too many give up their pets.
By adopting a pet from

ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE LEVEL

March 3, 2016

ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE LEVEL

 

Although alkaline phosphatase is considered a “liver enzyme,” it is produced by other cells, too.
Alkaline phosphatase levels can be affected by many things, including certain medications and a variety of illnesses.
If your pet’s alkaline phosphatase level is abnormal, additional tests may be recommended to determine the cause.

What Is Alkaline Phosphatase?

Alkaline phosphatase (ALKP) is

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