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What Items in Your House or Yard Can Harm Your Pet?

What Items in Your House or Yard Can Harm Your Pet?

By Tony Johnson

With the coming of spring and summer also come many hazards that can potentially harm your pet. Some of these come along with fun warm-weather activities like camping or trips to the lake or park, but some are laying around right this minute in your own home. Read along and discover some common pet hazards that might present an avoidable threat to your pet's health.

As always, feel free to ask your family veterinarian if you have questions, or post a question in the comments and we'll work to answer it. Good luck and stay safe this spring and summer!

  1. Gum The sugar substitutes found in gum are usually quite safe for people but not so much for dogs. One of them, xylitol, causes dangerously low blood-sugar, and can also cause liver damage. I have treated quite a few cases of xylitol toxicity where dogs emptied purses and chewed up a pack of gum. Next stop - the vet ER!...
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Disaster Planning for Your Pets

Disaster Planning for Your Pets

By Caryl Wolff

National Pet Preparedness Month is timed for the first month of hurricane season and urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster...and that includes making plans for what to do with your dog in case of natural (hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods) or manmade (terrorist attacks, power outages, fires, street closures due to traffic accidents, chemical spills, or police activity) disasters. Let's look at ways to be ready in case disaster strikes.

Being a Good Dog Dad

Being a Good Dog Dad

By Audrey Pavia

This time of year makes us think about fatherhood. We consider our fathers and how well they raised us, or we think about what kind of fathers we were or are to our kids. This Father's Day, we have something else to consider: what kind of "father" are we to our dogs? After all, being a father isn't just about the physical act of siring someone. It's mostly about providing love, care and guidance--something good "dog dads" give to their pets.

Gifts to Help the Dog Dad in Your Life Relax this Fathers Day

8 Gifts to Help the Dog Dad in Your Life Relax this Fathers Day

By Justin Young

Dog dads are a special breed. In addition to the unconditional love he gives his canine companion, he also spends a lot of time taking walks and playing with his dog, giving baths and even cleaning up after his best friend. This Fathers Day, celebrate the unique bond between dad and dog pet with some gifts to help dad relax.

The Perks of Being a Cat Lady

The Perks of Being a Cat Lady

By Audrey Pavia

It's the subject of jokes, t-shirts and even knickknacks, but does it really mean to be a cat lady?

Missing Emma: Still Grieving a Year Later

Missing Emma: Still Grieving a Year Later

By PetSafe Guest

Saying, “Goodbye,” is never easy, especially to a pet that has been a part of your family. That’s why even a year after making the tough decision to euthanize my cat due to a deadly disease, the wound is still sore. Coupled with the death of another close family member, my cat’s death has left me emotionally spent.

Pet Therapy. Pets Helping People Suffering from Depression.

Pet Therapy. Pets Helping People Suffering from Depression.

By Stacy Hackett

You've had a bad day at work, and you're spoiling for a fight with someone, anyone. You walk in the back door after a long commute, and your dog runs to greet you, wagging his tail and almost grinning in response to seeing you, his favorite person. Suddenly you smile as you bend down to pet his...