Easter Candy Caution

ImageIf baskets brimming with chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, Peeps, and jelly beans are a part of your Easter celebration please keep your pets safe.

The ASPCA POISON Control Center reports that chocolate has topped the list of toxins ingested by pets for the past 10 years. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

“Sugar-free” candies, gums, mints, baked goods, and chocolate containing he artificial sweetener xylitol are poisonous to pets too, causing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and liver failure in dogs.

Other candies such as lollipops and those with plastic components can cause intestinal obstructions or rupture if ingested.

Dogs have an excellent sense of smell, keep counter and table tops clear, and a lid firmly locked on the trash can prevent pets from eating candy wrappers and other food packaging.

Always warn children not to share their treats with the family pets!

If you suspect your pet has ingested something dangerous or toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.


What is your cat thinking?

A cat’s tail is a good indicator of his mood.Image

Carried high:  The tail can denote the cat’s pride and contentment.

Extended straight: The cat is stalking.

Curled against the body: The cat is scared or worried.

Thrusting side to side:  A warning that the cat maybe angry.

Did you know how your cat purrs?

Purring does not originate in the cat’s throat; instead that sound is considered to originate in the animal’s blood system. The actual sound is the result of a vibration motion that arises from the wall of one of the major blood vessels in the chest area. These vibrations are transmitted to the upper air passages of the cat resulting in a purr.

Why do dogs gulp down their food?

In the wild, before dogs were fed out of shiny metal bowls twice a day, they hunted in packs for their food with no guarantee of finding any.

Because instinct dies hard our dogs today continue to eat their food as if a pack of dogs were vying for the same food. Taste means little to them, they go for the smell.

Eating in this manner can cause vomiting, choking, bloat, and digestive issues.

Putting your pet’s usual meal in a treat type toy, such as a Kong, will slow your pet down and make him work to get his meal.