Happy Dog looking at camera with a Santa Hat on.

Pet Tips for a Happy Holiday!

‘Tis the Season! We at Blue Cross Animal Hospital wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. To help make sure your cats and dogs enjoy the holiday as much as you do, we’ve gathered together a few tips on keeping your pet safe during this hectic time. We hope you won’t…

Sago Palm with Danger Tape.

Sago Palm Poisoning

Sago palm is an ornamental plant that is becoming quite popular and it is deadly. It causes liver failure in cats, dogs and people. Sago palms are sold as potted plants often with no warning on them and often not even labeled as Sago Palms. They are covered in spines which make people think that…

Dogs wearing life jackets in a boat with a Canadian flag.

Canada Day Pet Tips

Canada Day Weekend is fast approaching, and we’ll all be heading out to relax and enjoy at the cottage or the beach, or a backyard barbecue. Be careful though– these activities have an increased risk of illness or injury for our pets. Here are some tips to keep our four-legged family members safe throughout the long…

A dog drinking water from a water bottle outside.

Heat Stroke in Pets

DON’T LET THE DOGS OUT!!!! Or at least not unsupervised or during the hot parts of the day. As the temperature soars into the 30’s we all need to take care and keep cool. Over heating can be extremely dangerous for all of us including our pets. When the core temperature rises, severe metabolic changes…

Ear with a sponge earplug and hazard tape.

Earplugs are a Dangerous Cat Toy

They’re left over from your last airline flight, or you keep them handy when you have to sleep during the day, or they’re just for blocking out the neighbors’ party on Saturday night. Almost everyone has those little sponge ear plugs around the house. And the cat loves them: they spring, they bounce, they roll…

A skunk in the grass.

So your dog has met a Skunk…

So your dog has met a skunk. What should you do? Skunks spray when they are startled or frightened. The best thing to do if you can, is to get your pooch away from the skunk before it lets loose, and avoid the unpleasantness altogether. In addition to their spray, skunks may inflict a serious…

Bread dough and flour with hazard tape in front.

Bread Dough Toxicity

With the holiday season just around the corner, many of us swing into action baking up a storm. After all, yummy baked goods are one of the best parts of the festivities. While you are in the kitchen, keep in mind that yeast-based dough is potentially very dangerous to pets. There are two main reasons…