Pet Poison: Rat Bait

rat and mice poison is also poison for your dog.Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Many efforts have been made to control rodent populations and keep them out of our homes. Rat poison is effective, but can pose a risk to your pets.

How Toxic is Rat Poison to My Dog or Cat?

Toxicity depends on the type and formulation of rat poison (rodenticide), as well as how big your pet is and how much they ate. Bottom line, if you think your pet ate ANY rat poison, you should immediately seek veterinary attention.

Can My Pet Get Sick from Eating a Rodent that Has Eaten the Poison?

Yes. It’s more likely to occur if a smaller pet ate a big rat with a belly full of bait. However, dogs and cats that consume rodents on a regular basis and therefore get consistent low doses of the toxin are at risk for ‘relay toxicosis’ due to how long the poison stays in the body and accumulates.

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Pet Poisons: Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Ingestion of grapes or raisins may result in acute kidney failure in dogs. At this time, anecdotal evidence suggests that cats may also be affected.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms usually begin within several hours after ingestion. Initially, symptoms may include vomiting and lethargy. This may proceed into an increase in thirst and urination, weakness or the inability to stand, and possibly the inability for the kidneys to produce urine. Once an animal has reached this state (which may occur within 24 hours of ingestion), treatment may be ineffective in reversing the toxicity and death may ensue.

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How to Choose a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

choosing a dog walker.

Dog walking and pet sitting services are becoming more prevalent these days. But how do they work and how do you find one? Professional Pet Sitters Week is in March, so in honor of that, we wanted to learn more about these services, so we had a Q&A with professional dog walker, Kelley Goad of in Seattle.

How does using a dog walking / pet sitting service work?

I offer individual walks, park trips and puppy visits.

Individual walks: I offer 30 minute or 1 hour sessions.

Park trips: 60-90 minutes at the dog park with 6-8 other dogs. Pick up and drop off at home, round trip is 3-4 hours.

Puppy visits: 1-2 visits per day. 15-20 min visits with puppies, spaced 3-3.5 hours apart. Help reinforce potty training, basic manners, and socialization.

When a new client inquires, I ask where they live, dog age / breed / temperament, what service they need and how often. If it sounds like we will be a good fit, we meet in person and go over some paperwork, then set a schedule and get started!

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Cat Litter Causes Wheezing

Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fiona Caldwell; I’m a veterinarian at Idaho Veterinary Hospital. I’m answering questions from Pets Best Insurance Facebook page today. This question comes from Carrie who asks: Why do some cat litters cause wheezing? This is a great question. Cats can have different sensitivities to litter, some cats have no problems at all, and other cats can be more sensitive.Read More…

How to Tell if Your Dog Has a UTI

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best.

Hi. My name is Dr. Marc. I’m filming for Pets Best Insurance, answering some Facebook questions for you guys, at Broadway Veterinary Hospital, in Boise, Idaho. The next question comes from Marie. She has a 3-year-old house-trained dog, and it sounds like he jumped up on the bed, and immediately squatted and peed on the covers right in front of her. Her dog has never done anything like this before, and it seemed ashamed.Read More…

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