Last time, we talked about two of the most dangerous foods for your dog: chocolate and onions. In this blog, we will look at three more dangerous food items. Here they are:
Many fruits and vegetables are perfectly safe for canine consumption. Grapes, however, are not. Even a small amount can be fatal. Grapes (and raisins too) can cause severe and sudden kidney failure in dogs. It is important to contact a vet as soon as you realize that your dog has eaten any grapes or raisins.
Your dog should not eat any form of candy, but sugar-free gums and mints that contain xylitol are especially harmful. It can lead to liver failure, low blood sugar, and death. The biggest risk for xylitol consumption is usually if your dog gets into a pack of gum that is around the house and easy to access.
Finally, be sure to avoid letting your dog consume any dairy. Cheese, yogurt, milk, and ice cream are some of the most common dairy items your dog could ingest. The problem is, most dogs are lactose intolerant. Consuming these items will likely give your dog an upset stomach, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, gas, and pain.
The wrong foods can be extremely hazardous for your dog. Luckily, there are countless options for feeding your dog safe, healthy, foods. If your dog has accidentally ingested a harmful food, our mobile vet in Los Angeles can help. Call us 24/7 for emergency service at your doorstep.
It may seem obvious, but many of the food items you love can wreak havoc if ingested by your dogs. One of the most common calls we get is address a dog that has eaten something they shouldn’t have. Depending on the size of the dog, what was ingested, and how long it’s been, the results can range from an upset stomach to a near-death experience. Avoid the stress and heartbreak by keeping human food away from your pets. In this two-part installment, we will look at five foods that dogs should never, under any circumstance, eat. Here are the first two:
If you are like most people, chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It is delicious, versatile, and can turn even the most stubborn frown upside down. But for our furry little canine friends, it can be deadly. Even a small amount of chocolate can have serious consequences if it is ingested by your dog.
Onions are delicious, and if you cook at home very often chances are good that you will always have onions on hand. That is why it is very important to know that onions are extremely toxic for your dogs. Both raw and cooked, they will lead to red blood cell damage, lethargia, shortness of breath, and more.
If your dog has ingested chocolate or onions, time is of the essence. Our mobile vet in Los Angeles can come to you for the quickest possible treatment. Stay tuned for part two, where we will look at three more foods to keep away from your dogs.
Bringing your dog on your holiday vacation with you just adds to the fun and alleviates the worry of not knowing what is happening with your dog while you are on the road. It is important to do your homework on dog travel. Planes and cars are not designed with dogs in mind and you need to know what to expect when you reach your final destination. By planning your dog travel ahead of time, you can make your vacation a truly relaxing time for you and your dog. Here are the best dog travel tips from your mobile vet in Los Angeles:
Crating Your Dog For Travel
It is natural to feel bad about crating your dog. After all, you most likely wouldn’t want to be crated but don’t project your feelings onto your dog. They actually don’t mind the crate and some even feel safer in one.
- The most important thing you can do is make sure your dog has been well exercised before he/she goes in the crate. If they have burned off excess energy, they will be more inclined to rest.
- Make sure there is nothing in the crate that can harm your dog. Leashes and loose collars are especially dangerous items that could present a strangling hazard.
- Keep your energy positive. Don’t present the crate like it is a prison. Show the dog the crate and open the door. Don’t shove the dog in the crate. Let them go in on their own and only when they are comfortable should you close the door. Walk away with good energy and positive body language.
- Come back in fifteen minutes. This will work to ease the dog’s separation anxiety next time you crate them but don’t take them out of the crate. Just open the door and let them come out when they are ready.
Driving With Your Dog
It’s usually a good idea to crate your dog when riding in the car. You’ll be less distracted while driving which is safer for both of you. It also prevents your dog from becoming a projectile if you have to stop fast, also reducing the chance of injury for both of you. To prevent motion sickness, don’t feed your dog a lot before the trip.
Taking Your Dog On An Airplane
The first thing you need to do is check with the airline for their rules regarding pet travel. Many require a health certificate and may have other rules you haven’t thought of. You don’t want to be surprised at the airport! Your dog will almost certainly be traveling in a crate and it will probably make everyone’s lives easier if you crate your dog before you enter the chaos of the airport. If your dog isn’t flying with you in the main cabin, do not have a big goodbye scene because it will only upset your dog.
Traveling with a dog can be a fun experience for both of you. Just remember to be prepared as possible wherever you go. Don’t forget to make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise and above all, of course, be calm. A balanced dog makes the best travel companion.
There are so many dangerous foods that can affect your pet’s health and well-being, and your mobile vet in Los Angeles wants to help keep them safe. Especially during the holiday seasons, there are many popular human foods that our pets may encounter, some of which can be dangerous for them, and it is extremely important to know the difference. Some popular foods that can harm or kill your pet include:
- Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages
- Macadamia Nuts
- Milk and other dairy products
- Poultry bones
- Xylitol found in sugar free candy
During the holiday season, it’s important to talk with your house guests to make sure that no one gives your pet treats without your consent. This is the best way to ensure that your pet doesn’t eat anything without your knowledge. It is also important to keep an eye on fallen scraps that your pet could pick up and eat without warning. We recommend keeping your pet in a separate room during holiday parties to avoid this concern. Remember, if your pet does consume food that is dangerous for them, we are a phone call away and will come to you for convenience and peace of mind. You and your pet deserve to safely enjoy all the holidays have to offer and 911 Vets wants to make sure that happens. We also come to you for routine check ups, diagnostics, ultrasound, treatments, hospice care, as well as gentle home euthanasia and aftercare.
Animal neglect is the failure to provide basic care and mobile vet care in Los Angeles required for an animal to thrive. At first glance, such cases may seem less important than a single, brutal act of violent abuse, but severe neglect can mean extended periods of extreme suffering resulting in permanent injury or death. A single large-scale neglect case can affect hundreds of animals, as in cases of hoarding, puppy mills, and farm neglect.
Issues common to neglect cases
- Animal neglect is often associated with human neglect involving a child, elder or other dependent.
- Handling all of the animals involved in large scale neglect cases requires considerable effort and expense. All animal victims must be examined, treated, and cataloged as evidence and sheltered during the duration of a court case.
Most states’ criminal animal cruelty statutes define a minimum standard of care which requires that an animal caretaker provide water, food, shelter, and veterinary care. Animal abandonment may also be specifically addressed in some statutes. However, some animals such as farm animals, fish or wildlife may be excluded from anti-cruelty laws. Violations of state animal neglect are almost always misdemeanor violations. As a citizen in this world, it is important to always report animal neglect even if you are not sure if it is occurring. It is always best to have a situation checked out than risk an animal being mistreated on your watch. Also, you can make an anonymous report for your own safety and security. Remember, you are doing the right thing for the animal!
Pets are not accessories that can be thrown aside and forgotten. They are companions that need love, care, mobile vet care in Los Angeles, and devotion. Here is a list of important rules all pet owners must live by:
Pick a pet that fits your lifestyle
The decision to become a pet owner should come after extensive research and planning, not as an impulsive purchase. Just because you think something is cute, does not mean it will be the perfect fit for you.
Make them part of the family
Pets, especially dogs, need companionship. They are traditionally pack creatures and need the warmth and love that comes with living indoors with their family.
Pet proof your house
To keep your pet healthy, you should research what household products and foods can harm your pet. Make sure these are kept in secure locations so your pet cannot get into them.
Care for your pet
Regular visits to the vet and groomer are absolutely necessary. Insuring your pet may also be important to your pet’s health. Emergencies can happen at anytime. Ensure they get the help they need no matter what cost with pet insurance.
Spay and neuter your pet
Studies have shown that pets that are spayed and neutered live healthier, longer lives and are less likely to develop behavioral problems.
Always keep an ID tag on your pet
Consider getting your pet microchipped will also help identify them if lost or stolen. This is the best form of ID since veterinarians and local shelters scan for a chip first thing.
Nail trimming is an important part of a regular grooming routine for your pet. Let our mobile vet service in Los Angeles come to you for this quick and easy procedure. If your dog’s nails get too long, they can break, which is painful and can lead to infection. Although it is extremely important, many people cannot or do not like to trim their dog’s nails. That is where we come in! It is a task that can make both people and dogs anxious. Use these techniques to help the process:
Associate Nail Trimming With Good Things
Many animals find nail trimming to be an unpleasant experience. Some seem to naturally dislike the sensation of people handling their feet. Nail trimming can also cause discomfort when the clippers squeeze or twist the nail. If you accidentally cut the nail too short it can cause bleeding. The good news is you can teach your dog to tolerate and maybe even enjoy the process. Positive rewards can go a long way here. For example, clip a nail and then give your dog a treat.
Take It Slow And Easy
If your dog isn’t used to getting his or her nails trimmed, the last thing you want to do is scare and overwhelm them by rushing through the process. Be sure to take extra time to introduce the clippers themselves as well as the sensations associated with trimming their nails. The first time you use the clippers just trim one or two nails remembering to give them rewards for good behavior. Speak calmly using a reassuring tone.
No need to worry if you don’t feel up to the task because we can come to you and make sure your furry family member’s basic needs are taken care of.
Many family pets, especially cats, experience extreme distress when they must travel in the car even if it is for a short distance. In fact, it is not unusual for a frightened cat or dog to vomit or lose bladder control on rides to and from the vet’s office. With our mobile vet service in Los Angeles, you are waiting in the comfort of your own home while your pet remains calm. Families with several pets can get everyone checked at the same time which avoids multiple vet appointments. Examining a pet in their own environment is more helpful and productive than attempting to diagnose a problem when the animal is stressed out during a visit to the vet. Having your veterinarian come to you lowers the risk of your pet becoming exposed to diseases that may be hiding in a clinic waiting room. This is especially important if your pet is young, elderly, or has a weakened immune system. A growing number of pet owners are turning to mobile veterinarians to care for furry family members for these reasons:
- Pets who are shy, scared or skittish
- Elderly pets
- Large dog breeds with mobility problems
- Animals who are aggressive
- Multi-pet households
- People with hectic or unpredictable schedules
- Couples with a new baby or young children at home
In this day and age, everything is about convenience and time management. We all have busy schedules and want to make the most out of our daily lives which is why we make taking care of your pet’s needs easier than ever.