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.


Dazed and in Danger: What You Need to Know About Pot and Pets

Cannabis and pets - a dangerous combinationCalifornia has long led the way in the fight to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use, and other states are following suit. Proponents of the drug are understandably pleased by its growing acceptance in American culture, but the impact it’s had on our pets is far from positive.

At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital, the health and safety of your furry friends is our top priority. Pot and pets don’t mix, and it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the dangers of marijuana toxicity in dogs and cats.


Laundry Detergent Pods and Pets: A Hidden Danger

Rocklin_iStock_000045944674_Large.jpgLaundry detergent pods have gotten a lot of attention in the news lately due to children ingesting them. The colorful, shiny looking packets of concentrated laundry detergent are attention grabbing to curious little ones, to say the least.

The dangers of these detergent pods to our household pets, however, have received far less attention. Learn why laundry detergent pods and pets don’t mix and how to protect your household. Continue…

Practical Ways to Avoid Pet Poisoning This Fall

Cat And BackpackAccidental poisonings can occur throughout the year, but it’s not uncommon to see an increase in pet poisonings during the the fall. One reason is that our family pets may suddenly have easy access to specific toxic items in our kids’ backpacks once they are back in school.

It seems that backpacks, which are often inadvertently left strewn about the floor, pack a variety of things that can pose serious risks for our furry friends. We want to make sure pet parents know what to look for so your pet will stay safe as back-to-school season gives way to the rest of the school year. Continue…