Brooklyn Bark Talks

PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #25

Just like the eyes are a window on to a pet's soul, his poop is a window on to his health.  When you pick up pup's poop or when you clean kitty's litter, focus for a few seconds and look for any changes.  Changes in absence of diet change are a red flag.  Biggest diet change is changing to a beef based food from a different protein.  Beef will darken your pet's stool and that is normal.  But otherwise, be on the lookout for any changes.  

And if the changes persist for two or more da

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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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Giardia - should I be worried?

Giardia are a scurge all year round.  But they are especially active in Spring and Fall when there are nice puddles to play in and drink and damp earth to roll on and enjoy.  We caught up with Dr. Chris Gaylord of North Slope Veterinary to get some background on this parasite that loves to cause tummy aches and worse.


Brooklyn Bark: What is Giardia and how is it transmitted?

Dr. Chris:  Giardia (Giardia duodenalis) is a gastrointestinal parasite.  It is a type of single celled organism called a protozoa. Both dogs and cats are susceptible although we see it more in dogs, likely because they are inveterate poop sniffers and always out on the streets.

Infected dogs shed Giardia cysts, which are like eggs, in their feces and the cysts can live for many months in the environment and are often found in

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