Sunday, November 28, 2010
Recently i noticed a client is treating her cat for fleas with a spray that contains both Pyrethrin and Permethrin. Pyrethrin is safely used for feline flea control, while permethrin is toxic to cats, and can be deadly. Safe flea control depends on knowing the difference. Read this article. It has great info. I have helped treat many cats for Permethrin toxicity. It's not pretty .. http://www.suite101.com/content/pyrethrin-and-permethrin-are-not-the-same-thing-a146310
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Did you know Xylitol, found in sugarless gum, candies, etc. can be fatal to pets? It is a sugar alcohol and can cause hypoglycemia and liver failure. I just read an article where a dog ingested 10 pieces of Cinnamon Trident and had to be rushed to the ER. Make sure your candies and gum are stored well for your pet's sake ..
Friday, November 19, 2010
Blood transfusion for puppies and kittens: If a puppy or kitten is anemic and a vein cannot be found for a catheter, intraosseous infusion (needle placed into the top of the femur or the shaft of the humerus) is the best option. But believe it or not you can actually inject the blood right into the abdomen. Many cells will be destroyed but this will still benefit the tiny pup or kitten in an emergency. http://twitter.com/MikesPetCare
Sunday, November 14, 2010
When Cherry trees are dropping their cherries, remember if you have a goofy enough dog that would eat them, the pits are toxic. They contain cyanide. Symptoms can include rapid breathing, vomiting, & salivation to name a few. If you suspect your dog has ingested multiple pits get him to your vet immediately.
tylenol is very dangerous for cats. they don't have normal levels of the enzyme glucuronyl transferase and can't metabolize. symptoms include respiratory distress, cyanosis, facial & paw edema, vomiting, hyperthermia and liver failure. never give them any..
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Metacam: Is anyone giving their cat Metacam for pain or arthritis? If so the FDA has a new warning. "Metacam Solution for Injection is approved for one-time use in cats before surgery to control postoperative pain & inflammation associated with orthopedic surgeries, spays & neuters, FDA reports. Metacam Oral Solution is approved for dogs only. "No safe and effective dose of the oral suspension is approved for cats." http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/San-Clemente-CA/Mikes-Pet-Care/189572726193
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Treatment for gout involves a diet that supports the liver & ph levels, combined with different meds, such as colchicine developed just for canines. The human form of this drug can prove to be fatal if administered to a dog. Your veterinarian is well trained in the difference between the two. Therefore, seeking your vet's advice is an essential part of keeping your pet healthy..
Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize and are deposited in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues. I have seen many sites saying that Dalmations are the only dogs that get this. Untrue. Prob the breed that gets it most often, but Irish Wolfhounds, English Pointers, Rottweilers, Labrador Retrievers, & German Shepherds can get it.