Is It True? Top Five Pet Toxins You May Not Know About 

An older dog laying comfortably

When a pet comes in after eating something poisonous, many owners are surprised. Not just by the fact that their pets ate something they shouldn’t have, but also because it’s something the owner never knew would cause harm.

Toxic foods and substances, along with plants, are not as uncommon in the home and yard as you might think. Since your cat is endlessly curious and your dog works a side job as a vacuum cleaner, it is no surprise that pet poisonings occur by the thousands each year. 

Your team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to help owners understand some of the signs of toxicity, as well as these unusual things that can be poisonous to your cat or dog. 


Not So Sweet: Xylitol Poisoning in Pets

A black and white border collie licking a treat

When you think of pet toxins, items like antifreeze and chocolate probably come to mind. Those things are definitely high on the list of “no-no’s” when it comes to your pet, but one of the most dangerous pet toxins can be found in your pantry, fridge, or medicine cabinet without you even realizing it.

Xylitol, a popular sugar substitute, is found in everything from cough drops to peanut butter to toothpaste, and it doesn’t take much to severely affect or even kill a pet. Keep reading to find out more about xylitol poisoning and what you can do to prevent it.


Rodenticide Poisoning in Pets

No one wants mice, rats, gophers, or other critters invading their home or yard. Rodenticides are chemicals used to kill these small animals, but unfortunately, anything that can kill a rodent can also kill a dog or cat.

Rodenticide poisoning in pets is a serious problem, and the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure pet owners know how to protect their furry companions.


Going Out of Town? Check Your Pet Emergency Plan

Holiday season with my best friendHaving an emergency involving your pet is bad enough, but having one when you are not there is even worse. It is important to have a plan in place in the event of an animal emergency. If you are going out of town and leaving your pet in the care of someone else, it is even more important.

Put your pet emergency plan in place this holiday season, before you enjoy the festivities.


Recognize the Mysterious and Deadly Signs of Dog Bloat

BevHills_iStock_000022324741_LargeDog bloat is the second leading cause of death among canine companions, so it’s vital to know what this condition is and how it can be prevented. While it’s not a risk that can be vaccinated against, the signs of dog bloat can be intercepted by vigilant owners. If treated immediately, you and your dog will enjoy many more years and snuggles together.

What is GDV?

Dog bloat is known as gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), which refers to the buildup of unreleased gas in the stomach. This happens as a result of the stomach twisting 360 degrees, cutting off the esophagus and the duodenum. If gas, fluid, and food are unable to move out of the stomach – and your pet does not receive emergency care – the blood supply can get cut off, resulting in death. Continue…

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Planning Ahead for Your Pet: Preparing a Pet Emergency Plan

iStock_000015811630_LargeDespite our best efforts, life is anything but predictable. We never know just what turn the future may take, and a little planning does a lot to help smooth the road ahead. Because our pets depend on us for so much, it is important that we remember them when planning for life’s unexpected events.

When expecting the unexpected for our pets, be sure to:

Gather Your Pet’s Information

Having all of your pet’s important information in a centralized, easily accessible location is vital. In this information be sure to include:

  • Your pet’s regular veterinarian’s name and phone number
  • Contact information for an emergency veterinarian
  • Names of pet sitters or family members who are able to care for your pet if you can’t
  • Your pet’s care information including diet (and where to purchase if not widely available), medications, and any medical problems
  • Vaccine history and any pertinent medical records
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    Is It a Pet Emergency? Knowing How to Recognize and Respond to Your Pet’s Crisis

    iStock_000020494295_MediumWhile we hope you and your pet never have to face an emergency, we do believe that it is important to know how to recognize and respond to a pet emergency. Not all pet emergencies are as obvious as others, and knowing how to respond to your pet’s condition isn’t always as straightforward as you might like it to be.

    While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to identifying a pet emergency, the following signs and symptoms should help you identify the severity of your pet’s crisis. However, if your pet’s symptoms aren’t listed below, but in your gut you know something serious is wrong, please don’t hesitate to call us (or one of our emergency referral partners) for a consultation. Continue…