Check out Pet Health Pharmacy’s resources below to learn about the wide array of substances that may be harmful to your pet, as well as things you can do to minimize their exposure to hazardous materials.
ARE ESSENTIAL OILS HARMFUL TO PETS?
Essential oils occur naturally at low concentrations in plants, and have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties. These oils are fragrant because they are volatile (that is, they evaporate easily). The current popularization of essential oil diffusers has brought up concerns over pet safety.
CAN DOGS HAVE BACON OR BACON GREASE?
When pets constantly eat rich and fatty foods it can cause inflammation of the pancreas gland. The pancreas is responsible for releasing digestive enzymes in the stomach so that the body can properly absorb and digest food that is taken in. When this gland becomes inflamed, it ceases to function efficiently.
HOLIDAY PLANTS TOXIC TO PETS?
Some holiday plants can be toxic and it is important to be aware of the risks. In general, holiday plants are often not as toxic as many fear. However it is important to limit your pet’s access to them and know what to do if they are exposed to any toxic substances.
HOLIDAY TREATS TO AVOID SHARING WITH YOUR PET
The holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends, including our furry family. With all the delicious food, it’s tempting to share a bite or two. Unfortunately, there are human foods that can hurt our pets. In this article, PHP Pete lists a few treats to avoid sharing.
POISONED BY ACCIDENT
Is your pet interested in everything you put in your mouth? Does he or she stare at you with a longing gaze as you eat your meals and snacks? Many common foods and supplements that are non-toxic or even healthy for humans can be poisonous to our pets, and dogs are particularly at risk of being inadvertently poisoned.
POISONOUS PLANTS AND PETS
Many common garden and houseplants may be toxic, even deadly, to pets such as dogs and cats. Without realizing it, we could be exposing our pets to serious dangers growing in our own backyard flowerbeds or on the coffee tables in our homes.
SCHOOL SUPPLY HAZARDS
Can school supplies be hazardous to pets? It might seem natural to assume that supplies for children would be safe for both humans and their animal companions. If mistaken for toys or food, however, commonplace items found in backpacks like erasers, glues, or pencils can pose a safety hazard to dogs and cats.
TOXIC BLUE-GREEN ALGAE
Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria called cyanobacteria, which produce toxins called cyanotoxins. Exposure to water that contains these toxins is dangerous and potentially deadly to several species, including humans and their pets.
USING HUMAN MEDICINE TO TREAT PETS
Many human medications are used to treat pets. Unfortunately, there is not always a simple answer as to what dose should be given to our furry friends. There are physical and chemical differences between humans and pets. A medication that is commonly used in people may be toxic or even deadly to animals.