Posts in Category: Pet Safety
Thinking of taking a trip with your pet? You aren’t alone. Each year, over 2 million animals are transported via airplane, and recent scandals have resulted in airlines tightening up their already strict rules when it comes to pet travel. Brushing up on the latest airline restrictions for pets can help you choose the best option that meets your needs, while ensuring your pet remains safe and comfortable.
New Airline Restrictions for Pets
Lately, major airlines have come under fire as a result of a series of unfortunate incidents involving pets. There have been reports of animals being injured or killed during flights, along with various other complaints regarding animal passengers. The new airline restrictions for pets reflect the changes that all airlines are going through to make air travel safer for pets and human passengers.
California has always led the effort to legalize marijuana use, and so far, these efforts have proven successful. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana, and has recently made history again with the passage of Proposition 64, which allows for the regulated sale and use of recreational marijuana.
As this trend continues to grow nationwide, veterinarians are seeing an increase in cases of marijuana toxicity in pets. In fact, a Colorado study in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care showed that the number of pets treated for marijuana poisoning quadrupled from 2005 to 2010.
Simply put, pot and pets are a dangerous combination, and it’s critically important for owners to be aware of how dangerous marijuana can be to their pets.
Pot and Pets
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in marijuana and is responsible for producing the desired effects. Because a pet’s body is so much smaller than a human’s, it doesn’t take much to result in a pet poisoning.
Pets are generally exposed to pot from inhalation (birds are extremely sensitive and can die from exposure to smoke), ingestion of dried or fresh plant material, or ingestion of edible marijuana products.
This last method of exposure is the most concerning, as many pets (particularly dogs) are extremely interested in people food and will overindulge if given the chance. Edible marijuana products also contain other substances that are toxic to pets, such as chocolate, nuts, or xylitol (a common sugar substitute).
Whether it’s through ingestion or inhalation of secondhand smoke, any amount of exposure to marijuana can be toxic to pets. Symptoms typically appear within a few hours and may include:
- Stumbling, loss of coordination
- Decreased heart rate
- Dilated pupils
- Dribbling urine
- Slowed respiratory rate
Any type or amount of marijuana consumption should be considered a pet emergency. While there’s no specific antidote for pot exposure, supportive care is typically needed as the effects of the drug wear off.
A Safe Space
If you suspect your pet may have come into contact with marijuana, please let us know right away. At Huntington Veterinary Hospital, the health and safety of your pet is our top priority. We aren’t here to judge or get you into trouble. Being honest is your pet’s best chance at a full recovery.
Keeping pot and pets separate is the surest way to protect your furry family member. Store marijuana and marijuana products out of your pet’s reach, and always supervise your pet in other people’s homes.
An ear infection here, a cut paw pad there, and a routine surgery later, many times as a pet owner you may find yourself with some leftover medications for your furry friend. If you are like most of us, you probably find yourself stashing extras in a leftover cabinet, in hopes that you can use it a little later.
Not all drugs keep, and most medications do have an expiration date. Knowing whether to keep or toss isn’t always easy. Luckily, your friends at Huntington Veterinary Hospital know just what to do when it comes to expired veterinary drugs.
Veterinary Drug Safety
Using leftover medications in your pet’s medical supplies isn’t always as benign as it sounds. Over time, drugs may undergo chemical changes that can render them less effective, or, in less frequent cases, harmful. Continue…
When temperatures increase and the water is so appealing, what self-respecting pooch doesn’t want to take a dip in the pool, lake, or river? Many dogs naturally take to water, but not every dog likes being wet or is comfortable with this form of exercise. Even if your water-loving fur ball loves to swim, there are several things to consider to keep them safe.
To help you and your bestie enjoy the hotter months ahead, here are our top tips regarding swimming safety for dogs. Continue…
If we’re lucky, we get to live with our pets 10-20 years. That’s a significant amount of time to nurture a relationship from infancy, adolescence, or adulthood all the way to the golden years. Of course, the needs of younger animals vary from those of senior pets, but age-related changes can be supported by a lifelong commitment to pet health and wellness.
Although not something we enjoy thinking about, preventing a pet poisoning is important to ensure our pets remain safe and healthy. Poison Awareness Week is the third week of March, and Huntington Veterinary Hospital thought now would be a good time to break out the list of things to check (and double check!).
If you’re like so many families during the holiday season, that special time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s seems like one endless get-together of friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.
Since holiday gatherings won’t be stopping any time soon, being prepared can come in handy. If you’re planning on hosting a gathering at your own home this year, you’ll naturally want to make it a safe event for your pets. That’s where our pet party safety tips come in!
The holiday season is fast approaching, and your to-do list is likely filling up with shopping, planning, and endless activities. Spending time with your furry best friend may naturally take a backburner during these hectic days, but a little extra attention can go a long way when it comes to making sure they don’t wind up in trouble.
Make the most of this wonderful time of year by adding fall pet safety to your schedule!
Taking a dip in the nearest body of water is a time-honored summer pastime that is sure to cool off humans and canines alike. While taking a swim might be just what the doctor ordered in the summer heat, Huntington Veterinary Hospital wants to remind you that waterborne diseases in pets are a real thing. Take extra precautions to make sure that your pet’s summer is safe.
No one likes a freeloader, and parasites in our pets are the absolute worst. Water can be home to several unwelcome parasites. Stagnant puddles and ponds are notorious for collecting animal waste, and if that waste so happens to harbor an intestinal bug or two, your pet might be at risk.
For most pet owners, spring is all about outdoor recreation and trail time with Fido – and where there are wild or natural places, there are snakes. Rattlesnakes are becoming more active now that we’re experiencing warmer temperatures and longer days. However, pets and rattlesnakes is one combo you’ll want to avoid.
Avoiding a Clash Between Pets and Rattlesnakes
In Southern California and many places throughout the West, snakes are a common sight. From Gopher Snakes to Whipsnakes to Western Racers, many species are nonvenomous and mostly harmless to cats to dogs, preferring rodents and other small mammals.
However, we also share our terrain with a few different species of venomous rattlesnakes, all of whom have the idiosyncratic “rattle” at the end of the tail.