Category Archives: Pet Emergencies

Halloween Candy and Pets: A Scary Combination

Halloween candy and pets can lead to chocolate toxicity in pets!

Halloween is just around the corner, and besides carving pumpkins and picking out the perfect costume, plenty of candy is likely on the agenda for kids and grownups alike. Chances are good that the family pet is also highly interested in these seasonal goodies, but the dangers associated with sweets far outweigh the benefits.

Keeping candy and pets separate on Halloween – and all year long – should be a top priority in every home.

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Heatstroke in Pets: Prevent, Recognize, and Intervene Immediately

Heatstroke in pets doesn't only happen on extremely hot days. The risks of heatstroke in pets are very real. Symptoms don’t always stem from over-exertion on a hot day. Instead, the prime culprit is usually plain and simple dehydration. Pets sweat a little bit through their noses and paw pads, but in an attempt to regulate internal body temperature, they pant. If access to shade and cool, clean water is restricted, organ dysfunction and even failure can occur on a hot and humid day. Prevention must remain a top priority, but being able to recognize the signs and know how to help are equally important.

The Basics

Heatstroke in pets, or hyperthermia, is characterized by an internal temperature greater than 103 degrees. Overexposure to environmental heat can lead to internal temperatures of 109 degrees, multiple organ failure, and even death. Continue reading

Pet Wound Care for the Do-It-Yourselfer

You probably don’t rush to the doctor every time you get a paper-cut, and likewise your pet probably doesn’t need to make a trip in to see us at West Park Animal Hospital for every scrape. In many situations, at-home pet wound care is an appropriate action as long as you are comfortable.

Read on to learn about pet wound care basics and when to throw in the towel.

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Prevent a Pet Poisoning: What To Know

WestPark_iStock_000015606255_LargeEach year, pet care professionals and pet owners around the nation recognize the importance of poison prevention. The presence of toxic plants or dangerous food ingredients are seemingly everywhere, so how do pet owners safely set up a pet’s environment?

In honor of all the pets we strive to protect, let’s sift through the numerous ways we can prevent a pet poisoning. Continue reading

Chocolate Dangers for Dogs: Tasty Trouble

chocolate truffleWe all know our dogs will eat just about anything. From our brand new shoes to our three-day old socks, even the most well behaved pooch can occasionally find something that is just too hard to resist. As such, it’s no surprise that something as delicious as chocolate can be too much to for our four-legged friends to ignore! And, as Valentine’s day approaches, Americans are poised to bring a steady supply of the stuff home, making increased awareness of the chocolate dangers for dogs a must.

The dangers of chocolate are fairly well known to dog owners. Chocolate contains caffeine and a compound called theobromine, both of which are a danger to dogs and cats. While cats don’t seem particularly fond of chocolate, we do know that some dogs will rip the house apart to find any amount.   Continue reading