Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants For Pets

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants For Pets

Now that the weather is getting nicer, you may be thinking about your garden. This list, complied by the ASPCA, contains plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in our plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact us.

AVMA Tools for K-12 Educators

AVMA Tools for K-12 Educators

The AVMA recognizes the important role of teachers, counselors, parents, and advisors in guiding the future careers of today’s students. With a growing need for trained veterinarians to protect animal and human health, AVMA has created materials to help you cultivate your students’ interest in science and technology.

The AVMA educational products and activities are targeted to various grade levels and most can be easily downloaded for use in the classroom. For materials available upon request, Contact the AVMA, call 847-285-6655 or go to:

Schedule Pet Play Dates

 Dog-friendly canines benefit from play dates. Consider arranging play dates with your dog’s favorite friends, which can be done right in your backyard or at pet-friendly parks. Even when the weather outside isn’t the most inviting, dog parks can give your dog both off-leash exercise and interaction with other canines. Doggy daycares are another way to give your dog interaction while you’re away from home or when you just need a break

The History of Catonsville

Europeans were the second group to settle the area now known as Catonsville. It is generally believed by historians that native tribes, known as the Piscataway, established villages here before the European colonists arrived. This tribe occupied the land between the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay and up the Patapsco River. Catonsville was located along the Piscataway Trail. The colonists and the tribes got along until the mid-17th century, when the English government ended the practices of Catholic missionaries in the area. It is believed that the tribes were driven from their villages and some were hunted by slave catchers. As happened in many areas of early colonial America, diseases unknown to the tribes were spread by the colonists. Eventually, the tribes moved north under the protection of the Iroquois.

Pets, Candy and Xylitol

FDA Warns Pet Owners on the Dangers of Xylitol Ingestion in Dogs and Ferrets

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning consumers about the risks associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol by dogs and ferrets. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol approved for use in many common products, including sugar-free baked goods, candy, oral hygiene products, and chewing gum.

Xylitol can be found in many over-the-counter drugs such as chewable vitamins and throat lozenges and sprays. It can also be purchased in bulk bags for use in home baking. These products are intended only for human use.

FDA is aware of complaints involving dogs that experienced illness associated with the accidental consumption of xylitol. Xylitol is safe for humans but it can be harmful to dogs and ferrets.

FDA is advising consumers to always read the label on products and to not presume that a product that is safe for humans is safe for your pet.

The FDA reports included clinical signs such as a sudden drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia), seizures and liver failure. If you suspect your pet has ingested xylitol, some signs to look for are depression, loss of coordination and vomiting. The signs of illness may occur within minutes to days of ingesting xylitol. Owners should consult their veterinarian or pet poison control center immediately for advice if they know or suspect that their pet has ingested a human product containing xylitol.

Saturday is World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day

September 28 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in rabies prevention.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people like you organize and take part World Rabies Day. All over the world people take part in local, regional and national events, held to raise awareness about and/or prevent the spread of rabies.

Please help us spread the word and make sure you are current on you pet’s rabies shots!

Canine Influenza Update

Recently, up to six cases of Canine Influenza have been reported in Montgomery County, two of which resulted in fatalities. While there have thus far been no confirmed cases in Baltimore County, there have been situations which raised suspicion for the disease.

Canine Influenza is a highly contagious virus that affects the respiratory system of dogs. Infection with the virus can result in a cough, nasal discharge, fever, pneumonia, or in some cases, death. Canine Influenza is spread between dogs through direct contact, aerosolized nasal secretions, and contact with contaminated objects or people. Infected dogs can shed the virus for two days prior to showing any signs of illness, or shed the virus without becoming ill at all. Even if a dog looks healthy, it is still possible for them to pass the virus to other dogs.

Treatment is aimed at controlling secondary bacterial infections and providing supportive care. There is currently an influenza vaccine available, which requires two doses given two weeks apart and then boosters annually. Immunity to the virus is predicted two weeks after the second dose. It is important to note that the vaccine is designed to prevent severe illness, not infection with the virus. It is still possible for vaccinated dogs to spread the virus to others and possibly to show symptoms of illness.

What you can do:
◾Monitor your dog for respiratory signs, such as cough or nasal discharge. If you notice any respiratory signs in your dog, contact your veterinarian immediately.
◾Separate your dog from other dogs at the first sign of respiratory symptoms.
◾Be aware of who your dog’s “friends” are, and whether they are at higher risk for the carrying virus (example: a new playmate recently adopted from the shelter).
◾Consider vaccinating your dog, especially if they are at higher risk for the virus.
◾Dogs that we recommend vaccinating:◾Dogs that travel often, especially those participating in agility, dog shows, and other events that place them in close proximity with other dogs
◾Dogs in the same household as or in frequent contact with higher risk dogs
◾Dogs in households that foster shelter dogs
◾Immunosuppressed dogs, such as those on long-term prednisone
◾Puppies and senior dogs

The doctors and staff at Paradise Animal Hospital are concerned about the recent outbreak of influenza and how it may impact your dog. We have the vaccine in stock, and are offering to vaccinate healthy dogs without an examination fee, provided they have been seen by the hospital within the past year and are not due for other vaccines.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call Paradise Animal Hospital at (410) 744-4224.

Learn About Being a Horse Owner in Maryland

October 19-20, 2013 – 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

This two-day hands-on clinic held at Days End Farm is for long-time horse owners, first-time horse owners and those planning to buy a horse in the future. Cost of the clinic is $100.Topics are lectured by Equine Professional Instructors and include Body Condition Scoring, Horse Psychology and Handling, Management and Feeding, Recognizing Illness, First Aid, and much more.

For more information and to learn about Days End Horse Farm Rescue, go to:

What to do for pets in Emergencies in Maryland

Emergency planning should involve all members of the family, including pets. If your family must relocate to a shelter, your pet will not be allowed to stay in the shelter. Making arrangements for alternative pet care before a disaster occurs could save your pet’s life. Locate a friend or a relative who is able to board your animal, or a kennel that accepts pets during emergencies.

You will need to prepare a disaster kit for your pet. The following list includes items that you will need to take with your pet if you must leave your residence quickly.
•Decide on where you might take your pet if it becomes necessary during an emergency to leave your home. Places you could contact are:
◦Boarding kennels
◦Veterinary hospitals with boarding facilities
◦Friends or relatives
◦Motels where you can stay if they will take pets
•A pet carrier for each animal. The carrier must be large enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably. Familiarize your pet with the carrier
•Up-to-date vaccination and medical records available, most boarding facilities require shot records and proof.
•Properly fitted collar with Identification, license, and rabies tags.
•Picture ID of your pet
•Special needs instructions
•Pet food
•Clean water
•Bowls and a manual can opener
•Cleaning supplies, including trash bags, bleach and medicine dropper (for water purification and use as a disinfectant), towels, paper towels, and other waste disposal supplies
•Pet first aid book and kit

If you need to board your pet at our hotel in an emergency, please call and we will glaldly accomodate you.

Support the Baltimore Humane Society’s Raffle

Enter to win today. All proceeds benefit the Baltimore Humane Society!

1st prize is season tickets to the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens!

To enter, go to:

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