Is this poisonous to my pet?

Common household items that can be deadly to your cat or dog include: Human Prescriptions for heart medications, antidepressants and pain medications. Pet parents dropped their  medication when preparing to take it, and before they knew it, Fido had gobbled the pill off the floor. 

  • Laundry pods


  • Over-the-Counter Human Medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and herbal supplements are tasty to pets, and can be life threatening if ingested.


  • Insecticides used in the yard, home and on our animals were nearly 16% of all calls to the poison hotline. Always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard. Fish fertilizer is particlarly tasty to cats and is completely deadly to them. Even "green" insecticides and fertilizers can be deadly!

  • Fire logs

  • Cleaning products

  • Human foods. Pets can get themselves into serious trouble by ingesting onions, garlic, grapes,raisins and the sugar substitute Xylitol, among other common food items. Click herefor a complete list. In 2013, people foods clocked in as the fifth most common pet poison.  

Pet Safety Tips

Pool Safety for Pets

“By far, the most common reason why a dog drowns or nearly drowns in a pool is because they suffer from dementia or are blind or both, fall into the pool and are unable to get out,” says Dr. James Barr, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Otherwise, safety depends on your dog’s ability to get in and out of the pool.”Although your children may be competent swimmers, do not assume that your pets are."

MYTHBUSTER:Contrary to popular belief, not all dogs are efficient swimmers.

​This common misconception can be life threatening to your pet. “The dogs that are considered to be brachycephalic, such as English bulldogs, American bulldogs, and French bulldogs, are notoriously bad swimmers,” says Barr. Therefore, it is smart to teach these dogs how to swim and exit the pool safely to prevent drowning.“A good gate will be the best way to limit pet access to the pool. Keeping the door closed at all times is important for children and dogs alike, as is only allowing them to be in the pool area supervised." Another popular concern among pet owners is whether it is safe for Fido or Fluffy to drink pool water. Dr. Barr explains that while it typically is not safe, there are some pool waters that are worse than others for drinking. It is also important that your pool’s chemical balance is correct, as algae can be disruptive to pets’ health. “The typical chlorine pool could be quite irritating to the gastrointestinal tract and could cause some electrolyte issues if enough is drunk,” says Barr. “Saltwater pools, although not as salty as seawater, can also cause electrolyte problems if enough is consumed.”
​You should always consult with your veterinarian before allowing your dog to swim.
Source: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

​Is it too hot for my pets?

Every pet is different on the temperature they can endure. ​Older or overweight dogs, and brachycephalic (short nosed dogs such as bulldogs) are at greater risk for heat stroke and heat exhaustion which are life threatening. Dogs that are recently moved to a different climate and were previously  not acclimated to heat will struggle and may always be  more sensitive to high temperatures. The thickness of the coat doesn't necessarily matter. Even those with short, thin coats can become overheated.

Cats do NOT tolerate heat! They are just as susceptible to heat stroke as dogs and people.

Signs of heat exhaustion in cats are rapid breathing, redness of the tongue, vomiting, lethargy, stumbling, staggering gait. As their body temperature rises, the cat will collapse and have seizures or slip into a coma.

​Vigorous exercise in high temperatures can bring on heat exhaustion or stroke especially when the dog is not used to vigorous exercise or the temperatures have suddenly changed from cold or cool to very warm. 

​Always bring plenty of water along for the dog when you go to a park or take the dog for a walk on a hot day.  Pet stores have refillable drinking bottles for dogs. Dehydration can add to the danger of heat exhaustion and stroke.

In warm weather, their water bowl will need to be filled more often as they will go through their water much faster than previously and running out of water in warm temperatures can be life threatening.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion are lethargy and listlessness, excessive panting, and anxiety followed by diahrrea and vomiting which is followed by going into shock. Do NOT put cold water or ice packs on the animal because it makes it harder for them to cool off. Dogs cool themselves through shade, drinking water, and panting.

Source: Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine