It’s Just the Pits: Problems with Pitted Fruits and Pets

Pitted fruit and pets are not freindsPets eat things that they shouldn’t all the time. It’s not unheard of to have to surgically remove items like socks or fishing hooks from an animal’s digestive tract.

We’re caught off guard, though, when pets have problems related to things that we generally consider edible. While most animal lovers know that foods like chocolate are no-nos, there are some other food items that can cause issues that we don’t generally think about.

Pitted fruits and pets aren’t a great match for a few reasons. Read on as the experts at Vaughn Road Veterinary Clinic explain why your dog’s encounter with a peach could end up being the pits. Continue…

10 Tips to Keep Your Thanksgiving Pet-Friendly

Autumn CatWhen you think of Thanksgiving, what are some of the first things that come to mind? Turkey? Family? Lazy late-afternoon naps on the sofa? Football? Parades and colorful autumn leaves, or perhaps the smell of pumpkin pie, fresh from the oven? If you are a pet guardian, your thoughts may also be on how well behaved (or not) your favorite canine is, and how you can keep Mittens the cat off your allergic-Aunt Sophie’s lap.

While there are a million and one things to think about before the big day, we hope you will also take some time to make your holiday as pet-safe (and friendly) as possible. Since many Thanksgiving meal ingredients are poisonous to pets, and the foot traffic and distractions on the day of can take us away from supervising our curious feline or hungry canine, taking precautions in advance is a great way to ensure a wonderful holiday for all. Continue…

Common Pet Toxins

Old sad dogEverybody knows you love your pet. From the collection of squeaky toys scattered across your floor, to the catnip growing by your backdoor, your pets and their well being are high on your list of priorities.

But even the most dedicated pet parents forgetfully or unknowingly leave out items that are harmful or even fatal for their pets. Everyday products seem fine for us but that doesn’t mean they are safe for your pet. Your precious pet should never get their sniffer on or near any of the pet toxins listed below. Continue…

Springtime Safety Tips for Pets: Your Yard

Labrador Dog in a WheelbarrowOh the glory of spring! At long last the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the sun is shining! If you’re like us, you and your pets can’t get enough of this glorious weather and are spending as much time as possible outdoors. You may have also started tending to your lawns, flower beds, and vegetable gardens, too. But, with all the springtime hustle and bustle comes certain concerns for our pets – especially when it comes to our yards.

It is easy to forget that many springtime activities can be dangerous for our dogs and cats. As you start to enjoy the weather this year, keep the following springtime safety tips for pets in mind.

Lawn Care

Our dogs and cats are much more susceptible to the ill effects of pesticides, weed killers, and fertilizers than people. This has to do with their smaller body size and their willingness to trudge through chemical laden areas (although they probably wouldn’t if they knew what we do). Often, pets will lick or groom Continue…