Pet owners do everything they can to keep their furry friends healthy and happy. But there are some hidden dangers in and around the home which can actually be poisonous to dogs and cats.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline logoSigns of Poisoning:

  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Weakness and depression
  • Nervous stimulation, tremors or seizures
  • Excessive drinking
  • Rapid or slow breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Tongue and gums turning white, blue or brown

Click here to learn about common pet poisons you may have in your home

Hill’s Pet Nutrition recently put out a voluntary recall on their canned food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Although animals benefit from vitamin D, ingesting too much of it can lead to potential health issues. Luckily, in most cases, complete recovery is expected after discontinuation of the canned food.

Hill’s is working in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get the affected products recalled. As of right now, the recall only extends to canned food and does not apply to dry food, cat food, or other treats.

canine flu h3n8 h3n2 strains 350pxIn an important update from the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and Oakland Veterinary Referral Services (OVRS), they have advised us of confirmed cases of H3N2 Canine Influenza in Michigan (so far, 2 confirmed cases in Macomb county, 1 in Wayne county and 1 in Oakland county).

While this number doesn’t seem like a lot, with the very contagious aspect of the virus, we suspect there may be more unconfirmed cases.

Symptoms to Watch for Include:

  • Dry, hacking cough
  • Coughing up white, foamy phlegm
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Runny nose (not just moist, but runny)
  • Rapid breathing (not connected to exercise)
  • Fever

 

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