There’s a post circulating Facebook about antibiotic resistance and it deserves our attention. (see image below) We share lots of the same bacteria species in veterinary medicine that human doctors deal with on their side, and in many of the same anatomical locations too. In both fields, compliance in giving medicines (or taking them!) as prescribed is a HUGE problem and likely one of the biggest creator of resistant bugs.
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WRONG!!! At least when it comes to dogs, cats, and ferrets, xylitol (an artificial sweetener) can be deadly when consumed, even in small amounts. Why aren’t people poisoned by xylitol? In short, our human pancreas reacts to xylitol differently than a dog’s.
Everyone has seen and likely cried about (c’mon yes, you did!) Old Yeller. And just like that old movie, rabies is a thing of the past right? WRONG! Thanks to vaccination laws and programs limiting stray dog packs in the streets, human deaths from rabies are nearly non-existent in the US. Around the world, however, nearly 59,000 people die from exposure to rabies every year.
Zoetis (a large veterinary drug company) has declared August as the month to have discussions about itchy animals and what we can do to preserve their quality of life. The #1 offender? Fleas.
Table scraps can be more harmful to your pet than just leading to obesity. Here is a list of other reasons to refrain from dropping food for those lingering under the table.
-We hear these phrases every day after seeing flashing numbers on that scale. Ever surprised to hear the vet say your pet is a little on the hefty side? Here are the guidelines we use to put an objective number on pet body condition, most lovingly referred to as “The Chonk Chart”: