Posts in Category: Pet Safety
Xylitol, a name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, is commonly found in a wide range of food and non-food products including sugar-free foods, drinks, snacks, supplements, oral hygiene products, gums, cosmetics, hair care products, sunscreens/gels and more. While it may benefit people in their sugar-free ways, it is the bane of pets, especially dogs – as it is extremely toxic.
Xylitol ranks among the top 10 poisons reported by the Pet Poison Helpline each year, yet many people are unaware of this dangerous ingredient. Have you heard about xylitol? The team at Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to explain why this substance should be kept away from your four-legged friend.
The time for turkey and family is around the corner, as well as all of the other holidays that follow, and the shopping and festivities that fill the calendar. That is why it is a good time to talk about pet safety when it comes to holidays. Thanksgiving brings with it risks to your pet that you may not be aware of.
In order to have the best Thanksgiving for your four-legged family members, your friends at Redwood Veterinary Hospital have some tips and recommendations for the big feast.Continue…
Halloween is right around the corner, and many of us are eagerly anticipating the decorations, the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and eating lots of treats, of course. As pet owners, we naturally want to include our best fur pals in the fun. But for some pets, Halloween can be a truly frightening, and risk, time of year.
While many pets do like to be included, it’s wise to be cautious about where, when, and how you expose them to the festivities. Read on for some Halloween pet safety tips from Redwood Veterinary Hospital, and avoid a fright night for your pets.
If your pet were lost today, would you know how to find them? The American Humane Society reports that 10 million pets will go missing in their lifetimes, and what’s more, only 1 in 3 will be found and returned to their rightful owners.
The fact is, if your pet has a microchip, you have a better chance of being reunited with them. In a study of animal shelters, 39% of cats and 52% of dogs are reunited with their owners if they have a microchip, compared with 2% of cats and 30% of missing dogs without a chip.
But, what exactly is a microchip, and how does it work? Come along with Redwood Veterinary Hospital as we explore this technology and how it can protect pets from becoming lost forever.Continue…
Overly hot and humid days are not the norm in Northern California, but we do get our share of warm temps. The summer heat means spending as much time as possible outdoors, at the pool or beach, and of course enjoying popsicles and lemonade.
When it comes to our pets, it’s important to keep in mind that they need a little extra TLC when temperatures heat up. Heat safety for pets is a priority for responsible pet owners everywhere. As your partners in pet care, Redwood Veterinary Hospital has tips and tricks to take the best care of your furry pal when the temperatures climb.Continue…
‘Tis the season of tinsel, trees, and turkey – oh my! – and time to spend with family and friends, as well. With a full 70% of pet owners considering their pets as family of course we know that some of the holiday festivities will include our pets.
Although we love to have our furry family help us celebrate the winter holidays, there are some hazards to be aware of when it comes to holiday pet safety. And so without further ado, Redwood Veterinary Hospital in Vallejo, CA gives you our best tips and tricks for avoiding a holiday pet emergency.Continue…
When it comes to making plans, it’s only natural to want to include the family pet in all the fun. However, traveling with a pet, especially during the holidays, can be challenging and stressful. It also increases the risk of illness, injury, and accidental escape.
The team at Redwood Veterinary Hospital wants to help you and your pet enjoy your time together and get as much out of life as possible. We think our pet travel safety tips are a good place to start!
First Things First
Whether you’re road tripping to Grandma’s for the weekend or heading off on a more extended vacation, your pet’s first stop should be at our hospital. A pre-travel wellness exam will ensure your pet is healthy enough for travel and that he or she is current on vaccinations and parasite prevention. Continue…
Foxtails… The name conjures up images of soft, fluffy plants that seem pretty harmless, right? Actually, wrong! Foxtails, rye grass, gamma grass, cheatgrass and other common members of this plant family are well known for the injuries they can inflict on pets. So, what are these formidable foes and why should your pet avoid them in the great outdoors?
Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to help!
What are Foxtails?
Foxtails are a grass-like plant (considered a weed by many) in the genus Hordeum. As its name implies, foxtails have a fuzzy end that resembles a fox tail. This genus also includes other spikelets, like cheatgrass, barley, millet, and rye. These grasses contain a tiny barb or awn that allows them to attach to anything going by, including your pet. This mechanism also contains an enzyme that helps the awn propagate by burrowing into its host. Continue…
It’s a common scenario among pet owners: it’s almost bedtime, and your pet is acting strangely. You know that something doesn’t seem right, but you’re not sure it’s worth a trip to the pet emergency clinic or if it can wait until morning.
Many pet emergencies, such as a broken bone, profuse bleeding, or being hit by a car, are obvious. However, pets are hardwired to hide signs of pain or illness, so many emergency scenarios aren’t as clear cut. Knowing how to recognize the signs of a medical emergency saves precious time and makes all the difference for your pet.