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Toxins,

Antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol) Poisoning

WARNING TO PARKSVILLE PET OWNERS!

This week, we are issuing a warning to pet owners about the potential for antifreeze poisoning in the downtown Parksville area.

Bellevue Veterinary Hosptial has dealt with two cases of antifreeze poisoning within one week — both of which came from the same general area in Parksville. These pets resided in the area of Pym Street, Soriel Road & Highway 19A.

We don’t immediately believe the animals were poisoned deliberately, but we want pet owners to be aware of the risk. Antifreeze is tasty and pets (especially dogs) are quite happy to drink it.

For the most part, people are probably very careful about handling this very toxic material. But there could be vehicles that are leaking or it’s possible that someone has inadvertently discarded the liquid in an unsafe manner.

Caution- Jerky Treats

Caution Jerky TreatsIMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR CANADIAN PET OWNERS

Illnesses and deaths in dogs and cats that may be connected to the consumption of pet jerky treats manufactured in China have been reported in Canada and the U.S.A. These products are being investigated, however, because there is currently no scientific evidence of a specific toxin in the products, they remain available in stores. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association recommends that pet owners seek advice from their veterinarian on treats that are safe and healthy to feed their pet.

Happy Holidays!

Santa with Pet PhotoWe all love this season of pretty lights and music. And even a little bit of snow makes for some extra excitement and nostalgia. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to caring for our 4-legged family members during the holiday season.

Special Treats:

High fat foods, big meals, turkey dinner! Fabulous food is everywhere during the holidays! Since we enjoy it so much, we should share with our pets. Wrong. Leave them out of the food festivities. They won’t hold a grudge! They’ll feel better if you continue their regular diet routine and not add various treats. Sudden challenges to their gastrointestinal system can manifest in various unpleasant ways (including vomiting, accidents in the house or waking you up several times through the night to go out urgently). And some of our favorite treats are toxic to pets. A good example of this is chocolate! Let your pet’s tummy stay peaceful this holiday season. Don’t share the goodies.

Decorations:

Keep decorations out of reach. Cats love to climb Christmas trees and play with (and swallow) tinsel, while dogs love to chase and fetch the bobbles. (Helpful hint regarding kitties with tinsel poops: – don’t pull the tinsel out, cut it instead. Pulling a string out of the cat’s bum can damage or even lacerate the inside lining of the intestine.)

Pets and Halloween

halloweenHalloween is great fun for most of us.

Kids and grown-ups alike find it a time for the imagination to let loose & fantastical characters to be brought to life. It’s a time of hilarious costumes, bright lights and noise – (and candy!) We humans might have fun with this, but it’s often a confusing time for animals. Most pets are alarmed by the doorbell repeatedly ringing and visitors endlessly appearing, but some can even be intimidated by the costumes as well. Who really knows what our dogs and cats think of all this?But we do know that those who are frightened can act in ways that are unpredictable.