Poinsettias are toxic, right?

Wrong.  For all of the little things that can cause you pet problems at Christmas (from chocolate to tinsel), you can cross poinsettia off of your danger list. Long thought of as a plant toxic to pets when ingested, the beautiful poinsettia has been undeserving of all of the hype.  The legend of its toxicity seems to have stemmed (no pun intended) from a report from the early 20th...
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3rd Annual Momma’s Merry Mission Supply Drive for the HSSC

In honor of the Holiday Season, Hudson Veterinary Hospital is sponsoring our third annual donation drive for the Humane Society of Summit County (formerly known as PAWSibilities). HSSC is an animal rescue organization that provides medical care and rehabilitation services to abandoned, abused and neglected animals. The needs are great for basic supplies of food, blankets, cleaning and paper...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Is It Bad For My Dog To Eat Mulch?

Dogs love to chew, and a fresh bed of mulch is a prime target for digging and chewing. If your dog is a mulch eater, precautions should be taken as complications can result. Dogs that chew on small pieces of mulch or sticks can develop gum irritation from splinters that embed in the oral cavity.  Large pieces of mulch, or large volumes of ingested material, can also result in...
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Giving Thanks for Our Pets Photo Contest

Our fall pet photo contest is running now through the end of November. Be sure to upload your favorite pet photos and come back daily to vote through November...
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What to do when my dog gets stung?

Yip! (Dog language for ouch!) Bee Sting! Now what?  Like people, dogs can react to insect stings in a number of ways.  Dogs who have not  been stung before or are allergic will react to the initial sting by licking or possibly limping. Relief can be as simple as applying a dab of baking soda mixed with a little water to the sting site.  Benadryl given at 1mg. per pound (1 Tab...
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Labs from Texas find shelter in OH

Our kennel manager Pete and his wife Rachel help run the Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue. They were featured on Fox 8 news last week when they took in 7 shelter dogs from Texas to make room for incoming rescued hurricane dogs. 5 of the 7 are infected with heartworms and will need expensive medical care for the next few months while they kick their parasites. Right now they can really use...
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Why is my pet losing weight?

  Weight loss can occur in our pets for a variety of reasons. Diet changes can cause weight change as all pet foods contain different calorie contents. One-half cup of one dry food may contain significantly more or less calories than the same volume of another. Switching from a dry to a canned pet food can also result in weight loss as canned food contains more water and less...
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Canine Flu Alert

You may have heard about the recent outbreak of a new type of dog flu affecting pets across the country. This highly contagious and, for some dogs, potentially serious respiratory infection is called canine influenza virus H3N2, or CIV H3N2 for short. Chances are, if your dog is exposed to CIV H3N2, he or she may become infected. Dogs that are frequently in contact with other dogs are at the...
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My dog has another ear infection, can I use the leftover medication from the last one?

Ear infections in dogs can be caused by a variety of microbes, including many types of bacteria and/or yeast. Ear medications are all different, as some contain different antibiotics, anti-fungals, and anti-inflammatories.  If you are worried about infection, it is always best to have a veterinarian see your pet before medications are re-applied. Ear debris samples can be collected to help...
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