Can flower extracts be dangerous for my cat?

A commonly used ingredient in organic flea products may be very dangerous to your cat.  Pyrethrins are derived from the flower of the lovely chrysanthemum.  These natural chemicals are effective in repelling and killing insects.  A chemically synthesized cousin of pyrethrin is permethrin.  Permethrin has a prolonged effect making it more potent in controlling fleas and lice. Pyrethrins and...
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Is it safe for my dog to drink from lakes and streams?

Outdoor walks and hikes are a welcomed activity after a long winter. And dogs enjoy this activity as much if not more than their owners.  It is natural for dogs to lap water from outdoor sources after vigorous exercise but is it safe?  Not always. One disease that may commonly confront your dog is leptospirosis. This illness is caused by a class of  bacteria which can be found in outdoor soil...
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Is Lawn Fertilizer Dangerous For My Pet?

It’s Spring. Early lawn treatments and mulching are around the corner. So what does that mean for my pet? Most fertilizers, including those with grub control, are relatively safe for  pets when applied properly. It is wise to avoid contact until dry pellets are washed into the soil after the next rain, or liquid treatments have dried. Ingestion of grass is generally of minor concern since the...
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Are there over-the-counter pain medications I can use in my pet?

One of the most difficult things to observe as a pet owner is our pets suffering from pain.  Should your dog or cat sustain an injury, especially if this occurs outside of business hours, you may wonder what medications you can purchase over-the-counter to ease their discomfort. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter pain medications are dangerous or even deadly to our pets. Pain can come in many...
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Is Heartworm Disease Increasing?

Sadly, national reports indicate that heartworm disease is increasing in the United States. Heartworms are found in dogs in every state. It is estimated that more than a million dogs are affected in the US alone.   The immature worms are injected into the dog by mosquitoes where they mature to occupy the dog’s heart and lungs. Untreated, heartworm disease will lead to congestive heart failure...
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What is required to fly with my pet?

Air travel with pets comes with various considerations. Options include as a carry-on (smaller pets) or checked in as cargo.  Stipulations vary as to crate size and construction, flight route and duration, and temperatures at both the point of origin and destination. Animal restrictions are common based upon animal age, breed, species, and size. Individual airlines should be consulted for...
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Why does my pet throw up so much?

Vomiting is a common complaint among pet owners.  It is especially common in cats. There are numerous causes for vomiting such as eating meals too quickly or having intestinal parasites. Pets often cannot handle a diverse menu, and dietary changes can result in vomiting.  Pets may also have allergies to certain ingredients in pet foods. These can develop over time even if the pet has been on the...
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What is the best way to house train my puppy?

One of the easiest ways to house train is to “crate train”. The crate you choose should be just large enough for your puppy to stand and lay down in comfortably. Too much room and they will eliminate in one corner and sleep in another. Many people buy a larger crate and block part of it with a cardboard box to avoid having to buy different size crates as the pup grows. Your puppy will need to go...
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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 century of a...
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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 gastrointestinal...
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