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Notes from "The Doctor's Desk"


Pets need preventatives all year long, but especially during the spring summer months please remember to protect your pet against fleas/ticks and heartworms. Ask us about our specials on some of the latest and most effective products on today's market.​                                                                                                                                      OTHER POTENTIAL RISKS INCLUDE:            

  • Be sure to apply Sunscreen if your pet is going to be out in the sun more than just a few minutes. Pets with light skin and short or thin hair are particularly prone to sunburn or skin cancer. 
  • Dehydration in dogs and cats is a real possibility even during the warm months. Telltale signs include dry gums, loss of skin elasticity, excessive drooling. Don't wait for these signs. Give your pet plenty of playtime breaks in the shade and access of fresh water.
  • Don't ever leave 'FLUFFY' in the car. Some pets have a difficult time regulating their body temperature so take your pet with you or leave them at home during shopping trips

  • Avoid Antifreeze!  This is always a risk during warm months because cars tend to leak and overheat more. Pets find it delicious and even very small amounts are poisonous to dogs and cats. So use caution with walking your dog or letting your outdoor cat roam the streets.

  • Xylitol is a white, crystalline sugar alcohol that is used as a sugar substitute sweetener in many products. In the United States, the use of xylitol has grown rapidly over the last few years. It is increasingly found in sugar-free gum, candy, and foods.  It is also available in granulated form for baking. It is popular among diabetics and those on low-carbohydrate diets. It also is increasingly being included in toothpastes and other oral hygiene products due to its anti-cavity properties. Xylitol may be listed on product labels using other synonyms, such as Eutrit, Kannit, Newtol, Xylite, Torch, or Xyliton.

    In dogs, xylitol can also cause severe liver damage, leading to bleeding, liver failure, and death.

    It takes very little xylitol to cause signs of toxicity in dogs.

    The number of products containing xylitol has been steadily rising over the last few years, with a resultant surge in xylitol cases reported to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

    Xylitol poisoning is preventable. Pet-owning households should consider not consuming Xylitol-containing foods or gums.

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