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The Horrors of Halloween: The Pet Version

A black cat in front of some pumpkins

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween. – 19th century postcard Although black cats are one of the spooky creatures connected with Halloween, many cats and dogs may not be as excited about Halloween as their families are. Halloween has become one of America’s premier

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Pet Poisoning in the News

A cat investigating a crystal lamp

March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week, sponsored by the Poisoning Prevention Council. The Council seeks to educate Americans about the risks of unintentional poisoning. I think this week is a good time to remind pet families of potential hazards in the home and to help pet families protect their favorite fur baby against unintentional

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Is Halloween Scary for Pets?

This adorable puppy is The Animal Medical Center’s 2010 Pet Halloween Costume Contest winner. Although there is nothing scary about Caxton, there are a few things that can make Halloween a scary night for pets and their owners. I can assure you that the most frightening part of the spooky holiday is not the masks,

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The Danger of Xylitol to Your Dog and Ferret

A ferret

My regular trip to the grocery store this week brought a health risk for dogs and ferrets to the forefront of my mind. As I was standing in the checkout line, I noticed a number of hard candies and mints with xylitol on the label. Xylitol may help keep us slim and protect our teeth,

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Kitchen Catastrophes

New pet owners often ask their veterinarian, “What is the greatest danger to my pet? Is it the dog park, the sidewalk or being cat-napped?” It may come as a surprise to you, but your kitchen holds some of the greatest dangers for your pet. Xylitol, a sweetener found in low-calorie foods, induces excessive insulin

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