Avoiding An Antifreeze Pet Poisoning All Year Round

iStock_000027491203_LargeWhile we’re lucky to have such lovely temperate weather, some winter temperatures feel oh-so-chilly, especially in the fog or early morning hours. The mercury hovering somewhere in the 40s may not warrant indiscriminate use of winterizing chemicals, but many SF residents find their way to higher altitudes for the best in winter sports.

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Pets and Plants: The Good, the Bad, and the Toxic

AIMSS_iStock_000040720058_LargeAfter the dazzling lights of the holidays are packed away, the house can feel less festive or downright dull. You might be considering some seasonal plants or pretty foliage to add some pizazz, but beware of pets and plants – they can be a recipe for disaster.

Whether you have a dog, cat, or other animal companion, plants are often tempting to curious fur pals. Sure, this can result in a few broken pots, but it can also present a poisoning emergency without the proper planning. Continue…

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Pet Poisoning Dos and Don’ts

Kitchen pilferersYou just spent the entire morning baking a German chocolate cake from scratch for your Aunt Mildred’s 80th birthday. You admire your work and glance at your watch. You just have time to sneak in a quick shower before the party.

When you come back into the kitchen, though, something is wrong. Your cake is nowhere to be seen, and your dog is sheepishly wagging his tail in the corner, chocolate crumbs stuck in his fur. Your first thought is Aunt Millie’s birthday… what are you going to do? But then something else occurs to you. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, isn’t it?? A wave of panic sets in. Do you know what you would do? Continue…

Top Five Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services’ Blogs of the Year

AIMSS_iStock_000005781697_MediumOh, 2015…where has the time gone? And, what an amazing year serving our pet patients and their families.

This year, we had the pleasure of launching our blog. Our goal is that it provides insight and education to help pet owners take better care of their pet family members. We thank you for your readership and feedback. Continue…