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Household dangers

Pet Proofing your home: Just as parents ‘childproof’ so should pet owners ‘pet proof’ for their four legged friends of the family.  Cats and dogs are naturally curious and love to explore their environment with their paws claws and mouths, but they don’t know what is dangerous and what is not … Its up to you to make your home a safe pet friendly environment. The following tips can help ensure that your pet enjoys a long, happy and accident free life in your care.

  • Don’t let young pets out on balconies or high decking areas.
  • Many household plants, including lilies, dieffenbachia, philodendrons, ivy and many more plants are extremely poisonous if eaten. Remove these plants or put them out of reach in hanging baskets.
  • Rat and snail baits are extremely tempting for dogs to eat, yet they very poisonous, potentially fatal and should not be accessible at any time.
  • Puppies and kittens love to chew when teething, so unplug, remove or cover electrical cords.
  • Plastic bags may be fun to play with but they can suffocate.
  • If your pet can put something in their mouth, they probably will. Don’t leave small, sharp, easily swallowed objects lying around.
  • Keep pets away from lawns and gardens treated with snail bait and chemicals.
  • Paint, petrol and other dangerous chemicals should be stored out of reach.
  • Cover swimming pools, spas and ponds- your pet might fall in and drown.
  • Never leave fishing tackle around. Dogs love the smell of old bait and will happily chew on a fish hook.
  • Keep pets away from spiders and snakes. If you think your pet has been bitten by a snake please head straight to your veterinarian. Let the hospital know you are on the way as this will allow an emergency team to be on stand by.

Follow these simple guidelines to keep your pets healthy and out of danger.

 

Cycads, Zamia and Sago Palm Toxicity

Unfortunately we have had an increase in the number of dogs ingesting these potentially deadly plants. All parts of these plants are poisonous, especially the seeds. These seeds contain large amounts poison called cycasin. It does not take much of this seed to result in the poisoning of pets sometimes only 2 seeds will cause gastrointestinal issues, possible liver failure and affect the central nervous system. even death.

Dogs typically present with non specific signs such as vomiting and lethargy, changes in the urine and possible liver failure. These signs are obviously non-specific to the ingestion of the seeds.

Unfortunately the survival rate for Cycad, Zamia and Sago palm poisoning in dogs is not very high. Long term recovery could be further complicated by chronic liver failure.

If you have any of these plants in your garden, play it safe and remove them.

With any poisoning the sooner you get your pet  veterinary attention the better.

Snail Pellets

snailThe snails are out and about again….There are no “pet safe” snail pellets! NEVER use them if you have pets. They cause shaking, fitting, salivation and diarrhea, among other signs, and can easily kill a dog or cat. If your pet is affected, seek veterinary attention immediately.  Phone 9795 8080

DALYELLUP VETERINARY CLINIC PHONE: 9795 1284

 

 

PHONE 9795 1284 Conveniently located on Norton Promenade (next to Gravity). Open from 8.30 – 5.30 Monday to Friday with weekends to follow when established. Dr Tanya Rae is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and Dr Kate Foyster is available on Wednesdays.  You can expect the same friendly, caring  and professional service  you get  from Harradine and Associates.

      

Fun Bits

Sometimes working with animals can be very difficult, heartbreaking  or frustrating, but other times it is the best job in the world. Today, we got to catch up with some little mates who we helped deliver when their mum couldn’t quite get them all out into the world without help, and needed an emergency caesarian a few Saturdays ago. They are all thriving and doing a good job showing why puppies are probably the cutest and best way to lose track of
time of all!