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The Dangers of Tea Tree Oil for Pets

Tea Tree Oil for Pets?  Better Think Twice. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant native to Australia, and has a long history of medical use by its indigenous people. Currently, it is often used topically in people for its antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, but has been used for a variety of…

Compost Toxicity in Dogs

The Dangers in Your Compost Bin Most pet owners know that chocolate, grapes, and raisins are toxic to our canine friends. Other potentially toxic foods include avocados, garlic and onions. What most dog owners don’t realize, however, is that compost can be one of the most toxic and deadly substances around. While composting your old food materials is a great…

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During July 4th

Fireworks and Your Pets With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the dazzling firework displays. One of the most important things to prepare for is how your dog will react to the fireworks. Fireworks can be very frightening for dogs mainly because the fireworks stimulate all of your dog’s senses at the same…

How to Express Your Dog’s Anal Glands

Expressing Your Dog’s Anal Glands One of the most common problems we see in dogs are anal gland infections. The anal glands are located on either side of the rectum and serve the purpose of marking your dog’s bowel movements with their own unique scent. Each time your dog has a bowel movement the fluid in the anal sacs should…

Top 6 Easter Holiday Dangers for Pets

Did you know that Easter holiday celebrations pose certain dangers to your pets? With this holiday seemingly always on the horizon, this is a great time to mention the safety hazards this holiday can pose to your pets. Including your dog or cat in your Easter celebration can be fun and rewarding, because let’s face it- there’s aren’t too many…

Top 4 Most Dangerous Dog Toys

Every pet owner should read this list of the top 4 most dangerous dog toys by type.  From injuries to the tongue and teeth to gastrointestinal obstructions requiring major surgery, these types of toys can be hazardous to your dog’s health: 1. Marrow Bones Marrow bones are often a favorite, inexpensive dog toy. They are all natural and can be…

How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

How Hard is it to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth? The best way to maintain healthy teeth in our pets is through daily brushing. Although training your dog to allow you to brush their teeth is usually much easier than training your cat, daily brushing is equally as beneficial for our feline friends. Training your cat to allow you to brush…

Cocoa Mulch Toxicity in Dogs

How Dangerous is Cocoa Mulch to Dogs? Many of us take some time during the summer to enjoy gardening or landscaping around our homes. While most varieties of mulch are relatively safe for our pets, cocoa mulch can be very dangerous—even fatally toxic if ingested. Cocoa mulch is known for its rich brown color, insulating and hydrating properties and chocolate…

Botulism in Horses: Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing Botulism in Your Horse Botulism is a neurologic disease caused by bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) that is fatal in horses. Horses are the most susceptible species to this particular bacterium and researchers are still trying to figure out why this is. This bacterium is classified as a “Category A” because it can be used as a bioterrorism weapon and is…

Sweeney Shoulder (Suprascapular Neuropathy) in Horses

Sweeney Shoulder – Diagnosis Sweeney Shoulder in horses is recognized by atrophy or “wasting away” of the muscles that are located in the shoulder area. This is caused by damage to the suprascapular nerve that controls the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Triceps muscles. This condition may also be caused by a sudden movement or weight change from the front end of…

Veterinary Treatment of Snake Mites

Learn How To Get Rid of Snake Mites Snake mites are very small parasitic creatures that feed off the blood of your snake. They are visible to the naked eye and look like tiny black, red, or grey bugs. They are often visible on your animal (often in the thin skinned areas such as eyes, ears and armpits), on your…