Toxic Relationship—Pets and Chocolate

People commonly eat chocolate to console broken hearts or calm nervous emotions. With dogs and cats, this sweet treat also targets their heart and nervous system—but with toxic results.    Chocolate is hazardous for pets, and although rarely fatal, can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization. Protect your pet from chocolate toxicity by learning its effect on [...]

Suspiciously Sweet—Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

Xylitol is a natural sweetener and sugar substitute that is toxic to dogs. Originally used in sugar-free candy, mints, and gum, xylitol is now found in an ever-increasing number of food and non-food products. At Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services, we care for an alarming number of dogs affected by xylitol toxicity whose owners [...]

10 Most Common Pet Toxins

It’s no secret that cats and dogs get into mischief, which may result in potentially hazardous situations. Between cleaning products and medications, rodenticides and fertilizers, your home, garage, and garden are rife with toxins that can harm your furry pal. Fortunately for your pet, the team at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services (AIMSS) and [...]

Toxic Mushrooms

Amanita Ocreata “Western Destroying Angels” The rains have returned and with the rains mushrooms are sprouting again.  The Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services team wanted to alert you to a serious potential toxicity for your pet, poisonous mushrooms. The Bay Area is fertile ground for the Amanita phalloides “Death Cap” and Amanita [...]

Disastrous Decor: Holiday Decorations and Pets

When you think of the holiday season, it’s safe to assume that some of the cherished, traditional decor and decorations come to mind. From the twinkling lights to the star placed atop the tree, the holidays wouldn’t seem complete without the glow and dazzle of seasonal ambience. While these decorations seem like a must for [...]

The Rumble Down Below: Pet Tummy Trouble

Few of us have escaped the pleasure of experiencing a pet with an upset belly. Since there are a slew of potential causes for pet tummy trouble, though, you may wonder how to know when to give things a little time and when pet tummy trouble is an emergency? Wait and See or See the [...]

Pets and People Meds: Preventing a Pet Poisoning Emergency

Most pet owners go to great lengths to keep their furry loved ones safe, but many of us end up overlooking the potential for a pet poisoning situation right in our own homes. Every year, one-quarter of all phone calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and half of calls to the Pet [...]

Common Pet Toxins in Your Purse, Backpack, or Gym Bag

As a pet guardian, you know how adept your pet can be in snarfling out hidden tasty morsels. There are no limits when it comes to a pet’s ability to find food, and generally speaking, the nose is the primary way animals explore the world. That’s why many pets often get into items we may [...]

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