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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #17


April showers not only bring May flowers but they bring mosquito larvae, heartworm, ticks and fleas.  Oh my!

But with the weather warming and moistening, things are definitely going into high gear

These are equal opportunity blood suckers.  With climate change, many vets are now keeping even their northern patients on heartworm prevention year round.  This writer has removed ticks after a hike in frozen February.  

Sometimes the prevention is more dangerous than the cure.  Most drug store bug repellants contain DEET which the FDA considers safe for human

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #15

Lilies are beautiful but not if your cat eats them.  And preverse critters that many cats are, they take one look at an Easter lily and see lunch.

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #14

Beware of sugarfree gum, candy and now, low sugar peanut butter.

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #13

If you are like most of us, you store your cleaning materials under your sink.

And if your pup is like most pups, he is looking for things to amuse himself for the 8-10 hours a day that you are gone from his life.

Like the great explorers of history, pup wants to go places he's never gone before. But unlike the great explorers of history, he also 

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #12

What is Poison Control?

Poison Control is a 24/7/365 service offered by the ASPCA to save pets' lives in the event of, shall we say, potentially lethal gustatory curiosity on the part of our pets.

How does it work and how should you use it?

Remember Pet Safety Tip #1 where we recommended making a page in your smartphone with pet's information including your vet's and emergency vet's contact info AND Poison Control's phone number? Please do that if you haven't already.  

Poisoning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in pre-senior pets, often because the owners do not know about this always-on-call, 

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #8

If you see something shimmery around a tree or garbage can keep your dog away.  Chances are that it is illegally placed rat poison and the same smelly rotten meat odor that is incorporated to attract rats is very attractive to dogs, too.  

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #6

If your pup or kitty ate or inhaled marijuana bring him to the vet immediately and be honest about what happened so the vet can treat appropriately.  Veterinarians are not required to report marijuana use and they don’t.  Their concern is to treat.  They can only treat approriately if you are honest and tell them what happened.

Both dogs and cats can be affected by inhaling marijuana, but dogs are much more likely to eat, say, brownies with weed because like us they love sweets.  Cats are obligate carnivores and do seek out sugar.

Note, as dogs and cats are much smaller than w

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Don't Let Your Dog Get Poisoned (We Really Mean It)

There is always an undercurrent of "Beware" for any dog in an urban area, from the heavy traffic to the sometimes inane noise level to, yes, being accidentally poisoned.

Two points make a line and on Thursday, we witnessed two separate incidents of exposed rat poison, one in a local park an

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