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Outdoor Cats

Enjoying the outdoors!The priority of keeping our cats safe and protecting their health should be year around.  During the spring and summer months, however, it can be a bit more challenging.  Many cats just want to get out and their persistence often prevails.  it is definitely safer to keep our cats indoors, but when they do venture out, especially during these warmer months, we should be aware of some of these extra risks:

  • Remember that cats can be vulnerable to extremely hot weather and become exhausted, dehydrated, and even suffer heatstroke.  We should always provide plenty of fresh water and shade for our cats.  If our cats are older or overweight, they may be at even greater risk. 
  • We should protect our cats from fleas and ticks each month.  Our region has both of these nasty parasites.  We do not want our pets, or our family members, exposed to any of these disease carrying creatures!  Check with your veterinarian for safe and appropriate products.
  • If we leave cat food or treats outdoors, we might attract unwanted wild animals, such as raccoons or opossums.  These wild animals can cause major health risks… Continue reading

Ten Household Plants Dangerous to Dogs and Cats

  • Over 700 indoor/outdoor plants contain toxic substances that may harm dogs and cats.
  • If these plants are ingested, signs of poisoning can be mild to severe, sometimes even causing death.
  • Most houseplants have multiple names, so it is important to confirm that the houseplants you currently own or may purchase are not toxic to your pet.

Vancouver veterinarian shares insights on poisonous plants - Asparagus FernAsparagus Fern

Asparagus fern (also called emerald feather, emerald fern, sprengeri fern, plumosa fern, and lace fern) is toxic to dogs and cats. The toxic agent in this plant is sapogenin—a steroid found in a variety of plants. If a dog or cat ingests the berries of this plant, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or abdominal pain can occur. Allergic dermatitis (skin inflammation) can occur if an animal is repeatedly exposed to this plant.

Hazel Dell Veterinarian warns of poisonous corn plantCorn Plant

Corn plant (also known as cornstalk plant, dracaena, dragon tree, and ribbon plant) is toxic to dogs and cats. Saponin is the toxic chemical compound in this plant. If this plant is ingested, vomiting (with or without blood), appetite loss, depression, and/or increased salivation can occur. Affected cats may also have dilated pupils.

Salmon Creek veterinarian - shares image of Poisonous DieffenbachiaDieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia (commonly known as dumb cane, tropic snow, and exotica) is toxic to dogs and cats. Dieffenbachia… Continue reading

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