Lily Toxicity in Cats

Lilies and cats do not mix. Easter Lilies and many other members of the lily family including day lilies, Asiatic lilies, tiger lily, stargazer lily, rubrum lily, red lily, western lily and wood lily are poisonous to cats.  Their toxic potential in other animals is not known at this time. The exact cause of toxicity […]

This Is Why Your Dog Needs A Dental With Anesthesia

Dental disease is the most common problem I see in dogs and cats. During physical examination, I look for large accumulations of tartar, inflammation of the gums, masses, fractured teeth and other problems. Pictured below is the mouth of a dog before having a complete oral examination including dental X-rays and treatment. See the severe accumulation of tartar […]

5-fluorouracil and Pets

5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is an anti-cancer medication commonly prescribed by dermatologists to treat basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis on the skin of humans. Unfortunately, this medicine is highly toxic to animals. Pets develop gastrointestinal and neurologic symptoms. Gastrointestinal signs include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, intense abdominal pain and sometimes, sloughing of the intestinal lining. The neurologic […]

Call the Pet Poison Helpline for Toxin Information

One of the great resources available to pet owners and veterinarians is petpoisonhelpline.com.  Their number is (800) 213-6680.  For a small fee (around $40) you can receive 24/7 assistance if you have concern that your pet has come in contact with toxins.  Upon receiving your case number, please provide it to your veterinarian who can call and […]

Ingested Batteries Are Harmful to Pets

Everything these days seems to have some sort of battery.  Smoke detectors, hearing aids, computers, mobile phones, remote controls and even car keys all have batteries. Unfortunately, batteries are extremely toxic to animals. Most batteries contain a strong acid or alkaline material that will burn any tissue it contacts. Some batteries emit an electrical current […]