Poisoning

Mistletoe Poisoning

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Diet & Nutrition, Poisoning

As much as we may like to kiss under mistletoe, we humans don’t usually eat it. But our pets may have other ideas.

Poinsettias: Pretty or Poisonous?

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

Thinking of throwing out that poinsettia the florist just delivered since you have pets in the house? That is probably not necessary. Although poinsettia poisoning has gained a lot of press, they are not all that toxic.

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are also known as the "Christmas flower" or "star". They are a popular plant used as decoration around the holidays from November through December. The plant is actually a shrub and has brightly colored red, white or pink terminal leaves while the lower leaves remain green in color.

Protect Your Cat From Toxic Black Mold

Filed Under: Cats, Poisoning

Hurricane and flood damage have recently brought exposure to black mold (Stachybotrys chartarum) to the forefront. Today most insurance companies try to exclude mold damage from coverage. Mitigation of mold is commonly the most costly consequence of water damage. Water staining to wood and sheetrock may appear unsightly, but it is the often hidden damage incurred from mold lurking underneath that is of greater concern.

Marijuana Poisoning in Pets

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, Horses, Poisoning

There's been plenty of debate about whether marijuana is harmful to humans. But it is definitely harmful to your pet.

Marijuana or cannabis, also known as hemp, marihuana, hashish, Mary Jane, grass, reefer, weed or pot is a coarse annual herb that may grow up to six feet tall. The leaves are palmated, compounded with three to seven linear, coarsely dentated leaves. Male plants have small green flowers at the tip while female pants have flowers along the entire length of branch.

For Dogs, Not All Artificial Sweeteners are Created Equal

Filed Under: Dogs, Poisoning

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute made from a sugar alcohol. Although Xylitol is considered to be safe when used as a sugar substitute for people, it may cause hypoglycemia and acute death of liver cells in dogs.

Avocado Toxicosis in Birds

Filed Under: Poisoning, Birds

Next time you are cutting up fruits and vegetables for your bird, make sure you hold the avocado. Did you know avocados are toxic to birds? Ingestion of the fruit, leaves, stems and seed of the avocado tree have been associated with toxicosis in birds as well as mammals. The causative agent, persin, is found in all parts of the avocado and will cause myocardial necrosis (death of the heart muscle cells) in birds. Budgerigars fed as little as 1 gram of avocado fruit developed agitation and feather pulling.

Tainted Pet Food Recall

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

On 17 March 2007, Menu Foods recalled 90 brands of dog and cat foods after 16 pet deaths were reported and countless animals became sick. The international recall covered 60 million packages of "cuts and gravy" pet food sold in cans and pouches.

The Food and Drug Adminstration's official count of cats and dogs that have become fatally ill from eating the contaminated food stands at 16. It is unclear how many deaths will eventually be linked to the recalled food, but is it expected more will be announced.

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