how to help lost pets

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One of the scariest experiences you can have as a pet parent is to lose your animal. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, looked into how many pets get lost every year. The organization found that 15 percent of pet guardians had lost a dog or cat in the previous five years. While about 93 percent of dogs that had gone astray were found, only 75 percent of missing cats made it back to their families. Read more

Cats associate loud noises with danger, therefore lots of cats become stressed as a result of fireworks and the loud noises they make.The noise and flashes can cause cats to run off in a panic and, sadly, every year our emergency vets see hundreds of pets who have been involved in road traffic accidents after being spooked by loud bangs.

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source:https://www.avma.org/resources/pet-owners/petcare/july-4-safety

Fireworks, picnics and other Fourth of July traditions can be great fun for people; but all of the festivities can be frightening and even dangerous for animals. Noisy fireworks and other celebrations can startle animals and cause them to run away; holiday foods can be unhealthy; summer heat and travel can be dangerous; and potentially dangerous debris can end up lying on the ground where pets can eat or play with it. Read more

Why cats have more lives than dogs when it comes to snakebites

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Cats are twice as likely to survive a venomous snakebite than dogs, and the reasons behind this strange phenomenon have just been revealed. The research team compared the effects of snake venoms on the blood clotting agents in dogs and cats, hoping to help save the lives of our furry friends.

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The FDA says grain-free food could be killing dogs

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By Sara Chodosh

Last week the FDA made a scary announcement: grain-free food might be linked to a dangerous heart condition in dogs. This is actually the third update in a saga that’s been going on since July 2018, when the FDA first began investigating the link. But they’re not much closer to an answer, and there’s been a lot of misinformation about the mysterious rise in canine dilated cardiomyopathy circulating in the meantime.

For starters, it’s not just grain-free diets that seem to be the problem.

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Bulbs, Corms, Tubers and Rhizomes: What Potential Toxins Are Lurking Below the Soil?

BY DR. TINA WISMER DVM, DABVT, DABT | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Springtime flowers are beautiful, but some are potentially dangerous to our pets. The “bulb” plants can be toxic. Botanically speaking, flower bulbs come in many forms: true bulbs, corms, tubers, tuberous roots and rhizomes. With some bulb plants, only the part below the ground is problematic; with others, it is the whole plant. The plants discussed in this article are toxic to both dogs and cats unless otherwise specified (some are toxic only to cats), but keep in mind that just about any plant material, even grass, can cause mild stomach upset if eaten and a pet is sensitive to it.

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Ehrlichiosis: What You Should Know About This Tick-Borne Disease

By DR. MARTY BECKER DVM | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Ticks are trouble! We all know that they spread the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, but another tick-borne disease that is steadily increasing is ehrlichiosis. Once limited to western Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri, the incidence of ehrlichiosis is expected to rise in those areas, as well as in southern California and the southeastern United States, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

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Common Snail & Slug Killer Extremely Deadly to Pets

Written by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker | Article Featured on Mercola Pets

Dogs explore the world with their noses and often, their mouths. In addition, most are indiscriminate eaters. This combination can lead to all sorts of challenges for dog parents — some funny, some gross, and unfortunately, some that are potentially deadly.

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10 Most Common Human Medication Dangers for Pets

Article Featured on AVMA

Anyone who takes medication prescribed for someone else puts themselves at risk of illness or even death – and this applies to your pets, too! Although there are many medications used in both animals and people, the effects, doses needed, and other things aren’t always the same.

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Alcohol Risks for Pets: Beer, Wine, and Liquor

By Brielle Gregory

Whether you’re having a few friends over for dinner or hosting a large family get-together, parties can be stressful for pet parents. The last thing you need is to discover your pet nose-deep in a pitcher of spiked punch.

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