BLUE-GREEN ALGAE POISONING

Written by Lynn R. Hovda, RPh, DVM, MS, DACVIM  Director, Veterinary Services Pet Poison Helpline Posted with permission The onset of warm and humid weather increases the threat of blue-green algae poisoning in people, pets, and livestock that swim in or drink from contaminated water. Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are microscopic bacteria that “bloom” or colonize […]

PETS AND POT: POISONING CASES AT AN ALL TIME “HIGH”

Written by Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT  Associate Director of Veterinary Services Pet Poison Helpline Posted with permission Pet Poison Helpline (PPH) has seen a 330% increase in the number of accidental marijuana ingestions in pets over the past five years which means that, undoubtedly, veterinary professionals will be seeing more marijuana ingestions too. […]

TOP 10 HUMAN MEDICATIONS POISONOUS TO PETS

Tips from Pet Poison Helpline to Help Keep Your Pet Safe! Written by Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT Associate Director of Veterinary Services Pet Poison Helpline Posted with permission Nearly half of the calls received by Pet Poison Helpline involve human medications – both over-the-counter and prescription. Whether Fido accidentally chewed into a pill […]

THERE’S XYLITOL IN THAT TOO?

Surprise! Xylitol appears in products you’d never suspect. Written by Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT Associate Director of Veterinary Services Pet Poison Helpline Posted with permission Pet Poison Helpline (PPH) has discovered that xylitol, a sweetener which causes hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis in dogs, is showing up in some very unexpected places. New edible […]

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER

Common Fertilizer and Herbicide Exposures in Pets Written by Holly Hommerding, DVM Associate Veterinarian, Clinical Toxicology Pet Poison Helpline Posted with permission Summer brings with it copious amounts of sunshine and warm weather, and with it, follows the aching need to break our cabin fever and explore the great outdoors. As gardening and yard work efforts […]