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National Poison Prevention Week

Spring has officially arrived! This means warmer weather, sunny days, and more play time outside with your pets. Some of you may even be in the mood for some Spring cleaning. Although, if that does not sound like an appealing spring activity to you, you may want to reconsider for the health of your pet. Doing some cleaning and organizing can help prevent your pet from getting into anything dangerous. It’s never a bad idea to evaluate what items are around your house that may cause your pet to become ill. In fact, this week is National Poison Prevention Week. National Poison Prevention Week was established in 1961 and dedicates the third week of March to spread awareness to prevent poisoning. This week serves as a great reminder for all pet owners to ensure their furry friends are safe from harm. The team at VetDepot has accumulated a few tips we want to share to keep your pet safe in and around your home:

1.Be Aware of the Type of Plants You Have in Your Home and Yard

Plants such as Oleander, Daffodils,Tulips, and Lilies are very poisonous for pets and can possibly be fatal. The smallest ingestion of petals,leaves, or even the water from a vase one of these plants are in can result in vomiting, decreased heart rate, kidney failure, and possibly death. It is best to keep these plants out of reach of your pet.

2.Make Sure all Household Cleaning Products are out Reach and Properly Stored Away From Curious Paws

Window cleaner, bleach, laundry detergent, and all purpose cleaners are very dangerous. If ingested, some cleaning products may cause upset stomach as well as severe burns to your pets mouth or tongue.

Dogs and cats both seem to be attracted to dryer sheets and moth balls.You may be surprised to learn that laundry dryer sheets and mothballs are extremely poisonous to pets. This is because they contain concentrated levels of toxic chemicals in addition to being a choking hazard. Ingestion may cause allergic reactions, neurological trauma,or intestinal blockage. All of which are very dangerous and may even cause death. Make sure to never store dryer sheets and mothballs where a pet may reach them.

3. Don’t Forget to Keep Trashcans out of Reach Too

Putting a trashcan behind a closed pantry door, a gate like this one, or in a cabinet can make a huge difference in preventing curious or mischievous pets from accidental poisoning as well as choking. We throw many dangerous items into our trashcans on a daily basis that can cause so much harm. Items such as batteries, medication, dental floss, and leftover foods that may contain bones or mold can be very harmful. In addition, coffee grounds are incredibly poisonous. Dogs and cats are highly sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Therefore, moderate ingestion of coffee grounds may cause vomiting, tremors, seizures, or death.

4. What To Do if You Suspect Your Pet Ingested Something Poisonous

If you suspect your pet may have come into contact with something poisonous, it is crucial to monitor your pet’s symptoms and get them to the vet for evaluation. Another useful resource is The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center. The center is available by telephone 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at (888) 426-4435.

There’s nothing like the love and companionship of a pet. We would do anything to keep them safe so sharing these types of safety tips is so important. We hope you find our tips useful and informative. If you have any suggestions you’d like to share we would love for you to let us know by leaving a comment.

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How To Have a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving3Thanksgiving is a great holiday for families to come together, put aside their drama, and enjoy delicious food. Whether you are hosting the Thanksgiving get-together or will be attending it elsewhere, you probably want to include your furry family member(s) in the festivities as well. With all of the traveling, people, and food around, it could potentially be a chaotic environment that may stress out your pet(s). To ensure that no accidents or mishaps occur due to the hectic nature of the holiday, just follow these simple guidelines: [click to continue…]

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VetDepot Halloween Costume Contest Entries!


The #VetDepotHalloween costume contest was a huge success this year, and we thank all who participated! We have never received so many submissions before, and we were so excited to receive so many photos of adorable animals wearing impressively cute costumes. As with any contest, not everyone can – because then it wouldn’t be a contest. In our case, we could only pick ONE first place out of the many who entered, and that winner took home a $100 gift card to VetDepot.com! The winner of this year’s #VetDepotHalloween costume contest was…
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This pair of senior Boxers named Sprocket Rocket and Ratchet Junker! These two cuties dressed up as Jesse and Walter White (Heisenberg) from the iconic television show, Breaking Bad. Or should I say…Barking Bad? Extra creativity points for the pun, by the way (take note for next year). Jenn really took this costume contest seriously and elevated it to the next level! [click to continue…]

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Does Your Dog Have a Yeast Infection?

itchNot many people know that dogs can get yeast infections – unless they have a dog that comes down with one. This was the case for me, an avid dog lover, who rescued a senior dog from a shelter’s euthanasia list. She was on this list at a high-kill shelter because of her skin condition, but I knew that I would be able to help resolve it once I got her out of the shelter. Well, I was right, and it didn’t take long for me to find out that she had yeasty skin; something I had never heard about or experienced before! So, if your lovely fur child has a skin issue that you are not quite sure about, it could be a yeast infection.  [click to continue…]

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Halloween Hazards for Pets

halloween1Halloween is so close, I can almost taste the chocolate, caramel apples, and pumpkin pie. Now is the time to make your mad dash to get your costume together, as well as your pets’ costumes! It is also a good time to take final safety precautions, and plan your Halloween so that your pets are not affected negatively by the day’s festivities. Here’s a list of possible hazards that could perhaps put a damper on your holiday spirit: [click to continue…]

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Easy DIY Pet Halloween Costumes!

halloween8Halloween is right around the corner, so it is definitely time to start getting your pets’ Halloween costumes together! The only thing more important than your costume, is obviously your beloved animals’ costumes; because lets be real, they are much cuter. Not to mention, you could win a free $100 gift card to VetDepot if you enter our costume contest! Stores have some pretty cute options for pet costumes, but they can be pretty pricey and cheaply-made on top of that. If you have some extra time on your hands and/or love to be crafty, here are some adorable costume ideas that you can try to get together for your pet! Everyone will ooh and aah over your adorable pet, and then once you say, “I made it myself!” they will automatically think you are amazing.

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VetDepot Halloween Costume Contest!

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Halloween is almost here, which means it’s almost time for everyone to dress in their best costumes – pets and humans alike. Not only is it super fun, but you could be the winner of a free $100 VetDepot gift card!  [click to continue…]

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Symptoms To Look Out For In Senior Dogs

cataractsSenior dogs are extremely special beings who are often cast aside and abandoned in our society due to their old age. Many dogs 5 years and older are considered “too old” by cruel families, and are subsequently dumped at a shelter or on the streets in order to make room for a new puppy. Elderly dogs are surrendered especially often when they face medical issues, which is absurd considering most (if not all) senior animals encounter at least a couple medical issues that will require treatment. For us responsible animal owners who understand the commitment and loyalty required to be a loving dog owner, we will keep an eye out for these imminent medical problems in order to treat them to the best of our ability. We will do anything to keep our furry family members healthy and happy for as long as possible, so here are some possible symptoms to look out for in your senior dog:

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Top 10 Dog Breeds With the Most Health Issues

bulldogvet2Before I begin, let me just say that I love all dogs and want them all; but there are undeniably certain breeds that have much more health problems than others. Does this mean that you shouldn’t own them? Definitely not, but a prospective dog owner should be aware of what they are getting themselves into before they adopt or rescue their new canine companion. Nothing is worse than when a new owner blindly adopts a new dog only to realize they cannot deal with its high maintenance, resulting in said dog ending up back at the shelter. To avoid this horribly heartbreaking scenario, people need to arm themselves with the knowledge necessary to not only choose which dog is right for them, but to prepare for its future health needs! Here are the top 10 dogs that have the most health issues according to PetBreeds.com: [click to continue…]

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