Common cat poisons

Fortunately, most cats are more finicky than dogs about what they eat, so we don’t see poisoning in cats that often. However, even the finickiest cat can get into things, so you need to be aware of these poisons.

Easter, Tiger, & Asiatic Lilies – these are very toxic and cause kidney failure.

Human & dog medicines. This includes flea & tick products, pain medicines, and human medications

Glow sticks – cats are attracted to these & will chew on them. This causes mouth pain.

If your cat has gotten into these or other toxins, call us at 408-264-3550 , call an animal emergency clinic, or the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680 ($35 per call). Don’t wait until your cat is showing signs to call. There is a better prognosis & it is often less expensive to treat when treatment starts immediately.

Be sure to bring in the product label, so we know exactly what we are dealing with.

Common dog poisons

We all know dogs will eat EVERYTHING. Here are some of the most common poisons that dogs will eat.

Chocolate

Xylitol & other sugar substitutes

Human pain medications (- this includes Tylenol, Motrin, Aleve, Advil) & all prescription drugs. We all know how hard it can be to give a dog a pill, but drop one of yours on the floor & go to pick it up & they will quickly grab it.

Rat, gopher, mouth poisons – these are really attractive to dogs & they will search them out. The newer ones are really bad & there is no antidote for them. This is an emergency & they needed to be treated right away. The 2 most serious ones are bromethalin (attacks the nervous system) & zinc phosphide (releases a poisonous gas if dog vomits). Always bring in the product label so we know what we are treating.

Grapes & raisins

Oxygen absorber packets that are found in food packages or pet treats

Snail Bait – causes seizures. The only pet-friendly snail bait is the plain Sluggo ( not the one that also kills insects)

if your pet eats any of these things call us ( 408-254-3550 ), an animal emergency clinic, or the Pet Poisin Helpline ( 1-800-213-6680 $35 per call)

Do not wait until your pet shows signs to call!

Be sure to bring in product label!

Foxtails

These are what fresh foxtails look like.

It is now foxtail season! These plants can cause painful & serious problems for your cat or dog. They are sticky & will attach to the hair & skin. They act like little arrowheads burying into the skin. They can easily get into ears, where they can rupture the ear drum and get in the eye where they damage the cornea and can cause blindness if not removed & treated properly. Dogs can sniff them up where they get stuck in the nose, which causes violent sneezing and can eventually get into the lungs, which can require surgery. Often they get stuck between toes, where they burrow into the skin & can migrate up the leg.

Prevention & early detection is best. Remove fox tails from your yard & keep a close eye out for them when you walk your dog. Check between the toes of your dogs once or twice a day so you can remove them before they burrow in. Clipping the hair between the toes & pads and around the ears can be helpful. IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOUR DOG OR CAT HAS A FOXTAIL THEY SHOULD BE SEEN IMMEDIATELY -DO NOT WAIT EVEN 24 HOURS TO HAVE THEM EXAMINED. Foxtails are much easier to remove (& less expensive) when treated promptly. Otherwise your pet will be in a lot of pain & serious complications can develop.

We are here 7 days a week (at no extra charge) so we can help you and you don’t have to wait to get treatment for your pet.

What does AAHA mean?

AAHA We are an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital. AAHA is a private non-profit organization that has much higher standards than what is required by the state. They check the facility to make sure it is fully-equipped & also check patient records. You can feel comfortable that your pets are getting the highest standard of care in a clean and well-equipped veterinary hospital. Check out their website to find out more information. They also have lots of information for pet owners.

Why has your cat suddenly stopped using the litter box

Why is your cat suddenly not using the litter box? This is a frequent complaint that I hear from my clients. Often, cats decide that they don’t want to urinate in the same box that they have bowel movements, even if you clean it frequently. This is often a sudden decision, even when they have been happy using just one litter box for years. (My own cat, Dexter, did this & he chose to urinate on my dogs’ beds. Personally, I think there were several messages here!). The simple & easy solution is to get another litter box. You can put it right next to the original one. If you have more than 1 cat, the rule is 1 litter box per cat + 1. I recommend adding just 1 litter box at a time.

If your cat is urinating small amounts frequently – whether in or out of the litter box – or if the urine is pink or red, this can be a sign of a urinary tract infection and you need to call us right away at 408-264-3550 . If you have a male cat that is straining to urinate and no urine or only a few drops come out, he could have a urinary obstruction. (This is really rare, but not impossible in female cats ) This is a LIFE-THREATENING & VERY PAINFUL SITUATION. You need to call us at 408-264-3550 & explain the situation, or if we are closed, go to the nearest Emergency Animal Clinic. United Animal Emergency Clinic has 2 offices close by on Dell Ave in Campbell & on Thornwood Drive (behind Oakridge Mall) in San Jose.