hot dog in a car with danger tape overtop

Pets suffer in Heat Waves, too

Cats and dogs suffer from the heat, too. In particular, short faced breeds such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston Terriers, and Persian cats. Try to keep your outdoor cats in if you have air conditioning. Walk your dog in the early morning and evening. Avoid strenuous play. Provide plenty of water. Symptoms of over-heating include: excessive…

hot dog in a car with danger tape overtop

Hot Cars are a Deadly Danger for Pets

You hear the awful stories every summer: a child or a dog left in a car who succumbs to the heat. Don’t let this tragedy happen to you. Never, ever leave your child or your dog in the car. A car parked on a warm summer day will quickly reach fatal temperatures. Think about how…

American dog tick in the attached and unattached state.

Ticks are in season!

Ticks are becoming more prevalent in Ontario. Some of these eight-legged bloodsuckers carry very serious diseases, such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If you find a tick on your dog, it should be removed immediately. Do NOT just pull it off, as the ticks head is embedded in the skin. To remove it…

Stick of gum with Danger tape in front of it.

Don’t let your dog chew gum!

Xylitol the sugar substitute in gum and candies can be extremely toxic to dogs. 100mg/kg can cause the blood sugar to drop very low resulting in seizure and coma. Larger doses can cause fatal liver failure. If you suspect your dog may have eaten your gum call a veterinarian and have the package handy if…

Antifreeze, grapes and cigarette butts with a danger tape in front of them.

Some Dangerous Stuff for Dogs

Many dogs have their nose to the grounds in search of the delicious or sometimes not so delicious. There are several things that can be toxic for them that you might not think of. Macadamia nuts, chocolate, chewing gum, onions, garlic, raisins and grapes are things they may get off the floor at home if you…

Easter Lily with Danger tape in front of it.

Toxic Easter Lilies

Easter is coming and many people bring an Easter Lily to dinner. If you have a cat, politely decline it. The lilies in general are extremely toxic to cats but Easter lilies are the most common culprit of poisoning. Chewing on the leaves can cause devastating, and usually fatal kidney failure. A chemical reaction causes crystals to…