Sick or Treat?

Sick or Treat? Look out for these common Halloween Hazards and Toxins for Dogs!

Halloween brings out costumes and tricksters, and also creates certain hazards and toxins for dogs and our pets. In addition weather changes in early Fall bring out nature’s dangers. This blog will discuss our evil ghouls that come out this season: Chucky Chocolate, Serious Xylitol, Slithering Snakes, and Scary Spiders; and describe what can be done to keep your pet household safe and festive...

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Back to Blogging

Back to blogging

It’s been a few weeks since I blogged because of some projects that needed attention. A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting with my vet school classmate and chum, Dr. Patty Khuly. She was in LA for a television interview on KTLA about rabbits as pets (on Easter no less). We spent a few evenings together catching up, and talking vet stuff...

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Friday the 13th

It’s been a very rainy day here in southern California today. And it was a cold rain at that. The snow level was low enough in the mountains that one of our faculty members at work got snowed in and wasn’t able to make to work today. By afternoon it was thundering ferociously. It was Friday the 13th afterall. My colleague getting snowed in at home reminded me about deicing salts and how hazardous they are to dogs...

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Give Peace Lilies A Chance

Yesterday I wrote about how toxic the true lilies, ie Easter lilies are to cats. And if you missed the often-repeated message in the blog here it is again. If you live with cats, please do not bring lilies into the home or yard. Today I want to talk about the “other lily”, the Peace Lily. Don’t let the name fool you; it is not a true lily...

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Lillies are Toxic to Cats

Well, somehow time has gotten away from me without blogging for a couple weeks….. Lots of distractions, like attending the 26th annual Genesis Awards at the Beverly Hilton. The Genesis Awards is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, and honors major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues. It was a wonderfully inspiring evening seeing the good work so many are doing to make life better for animals. I also got to meet and rub elbows with people like Angela Kinsey (The Office) and Cloris Leachman. This week I had the honor of visiting with my Vet School classmate, Dr. Patty Khuly, who writes for She is doing such amazing things to promote and discuss veterinary care. And it was especially fun spending time with her. But let’s get back to talking about pets and poisons. Though Easter was a couple days ago, it’s still important to talk about Easter lilies...

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