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March Newsletter  2020

Happy March everyone. I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by. Pretty soon it will be spring, we hope. The weather has been so bizarre: cold, rain, 60’s, snow, you never know what the day brings.

March is Poison Prevention, Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month. March 3-9 is Professional Pet Sitters

March 18-24 is National Poison Prevention Week. March 1st is National Pig Day, the 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day and International Ear Care Day, the 5th is Pancake Day (yum), The 8th is International Women’s Day, the 13th is K9 Veterans Day (honoring the service and sacrifices of the US military and working dogs), the 14th is National Save A Spider Day (there is no way I will save a spider, ewww.), the 17th is St Patrick’s Day, the 20th is International Day of Happiness, the 23rd is National Puppy Day, the 28th is Respect Your Cat Day, and the 30th is Take A Walk in the Park Day. This is one full month. Enjoy March, spring is on the way.

Cats Dogs
cat years human terms dog years human terms
1 yr 18 yr 1 yr 15 yr
2 yr 25 yr 2 yr 23 yr
8 yr 48 yr 8 yr 48 yr
A few statistics:
  •  Kittens have their first 26 "baby" teeth at 2-3 weeks of age.  Their 30 permanent teeth begin erupting around 3 months of age.
  • Cats have the fewest teeth of any common domestic mammal.
  • Puppies develop their "baby" teeth at 2 weeks of age with their 42 permanent teeth starting to appear at 3 months of age.

Excuse me? Is my smoke bothering you?

More than one quarter of pet owners who smoke would quit if they realized that the second hand smoke was effecting their pet. The American Animal Hospital Association notes that dogs react to smoke particles much like humans do, developing lung inflammation and breathing problems. Colorado State University documented back in 1998 that secondhand tobacco smoke increased dogs' chances of developing cancer. Long snouted dogs have a greater risk of developing nasal cancer where the small snouted dogs are at greater risk of lung cancer. Cats are also effected by the second hand smoke as well. Many develop upper respiratory problems as well as cancer. Remember the smoke particles in the air attach to the pets' fur and when they clean themselves, they are ingesting those particles. If you smoke around your pet or know someone who does, when you pick up or pat that pet, the odor of smoke is in the fur and on your hands. Keep this in mind when you light up in front of your pet, they are suffering too.

Poison to Pets

There are many things that are good for humans but poisonous to pets. Last year there were more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning in the US. Many of these were from things that are in your home. Depending on the substance, ingestion, or inhalation, the symptoms can be gastrointestinal and neurological problems, cardiac and respiratory distress, coma, and even death.

Top 10 pet poisons:

  • Medications for people. Drugs that might be helpful to you and your family can be detrimental to pets and small amounts may be very harmful. Some of these medications include: Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory medications such as acetaminophen(Tylenol), Ibuprofen or naproxen, which can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers or kidney failure. Antidepressants, which can cause vomiting, raises in temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, and may cause seizures. Isonaizid, a tuberculosis drug, is difficult for dogs to process. Even 1 tablet can cause problems in a small dog. Symptoms include seizures and coma.

  • Flea and Tick products. Problems occur when a pet ingests the medication or too much of a product is given or applied.

  • People Food. Animals process foods different than humans and some human foods are extremely dangerous to pets. For example, Chocolate can cause vomiting in small doses and death in large quantities. Dark chocolate contains more of the dangerous substances than do milk or white chocolate. Coffee and caffeine have similar dangerous chemicals. Alcohol poisoning in animals is similar to those found in humans and may include vomiting, breathing problems, coma and, in severe cases, death. Avocados are healthy to humans, but have a substance called persin that can act as a pet poison, causing vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, overheating, and vomiting after consumption by pets. Raisins and grapes can induce kidney failure in dogs, even a small number may cause problems in some dogs. Xylitol sweetener is found in many products including sugar free gum and candy. It causes a rapid drop in blood sugar, resulting in weakness and seizures. Liver failure is also a side effect of this chemical.

  • Rat and Mouse Poison, These products, if ingested can cause serious problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison and signs may not start for several days after consumption. In some cases the pet may have eaten the poisoned rodent and not been directly exposed to the toxin.

  • Pet Medication, Sometimes a pet may get into their own medication and ingest more than was prescribed. The most common drugs are pain killers and deworming medication.

  • Household plants, Plants aren’t always pet friendly. Some of the more toxic ones include: Azaleas and Rhododendrons, Tulips, Daffodils, and Sago palms.

  • Chemical hazards, Chemicals contained in antifreeze, paint thinner, and for pools can act as poison to pets. The symptoms can include stomach upset, depression, and chemical burns.

  • Household cleaners, Cleaner,s such as bleach can poison people as well as pets, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems.

  • Heavy metals, lead, such as in paint, linoleum, and batteries can be poisonous if eaten by your pet and can cause gastrointestinal and neurological problems. Zinc poisoning can occur in pets that swallow pennies, producing symptoms of weakness and severe anemia.

  • Fertilizer, Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them, including licking their feet after being out doors.

If you suspect that your pet is poisoned, try to stay calm. It is important to act quickly and rationally. First gather up any of the potential poison that remains, including wrappers and the substance itself. If your pet has vomited collect that as well. Call your veterinarian as soon as possible or the poison control hot lines. ASPCA Poison Control Center: 1(888)426-4435


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