April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

It’s hard to imagine the lives that some of our pets had before they came to us. Not just hard because there isn’t always a clear picture, but because the reality was probably pretty harsh.

TahlulaBack in 2006, my then boyfriend and I adopted a Rottweiler, Tahlula (pictured right). We saw her in the shelter kennel, but curled up in the back of the cage, she seemed almost too small to be a Rottweiler. In fact, she weighed only 54 lbs., had flystrike wounds on her ears, and had just arrived at the shelter after having spent 2 days tied to a telephone pole on a busy urban street. When we took her for a quick walk and passed a noisy kennel full of puppies, her concerned and anxious reaction confirmed what her saggy belly implied: she had been a good mommy, but hadn’t had a chance to stay a mommy for very long.

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Podcast: Preventing Pet Poisonings with Dr. Patrick Mahaney

We’re proud to announce that, moving forward, our podcasts will be featured on PetPlace.com. With over 10,000 vet approved articles, Pet Place is the web’s definitive destination for pet information.

This month’s podcast centers around pet poison prevention. Though the world has taken notice of this topic after the senseless and likely malicious poisoning of Jagger, a champion Irish Setter, at Britain’s Crufts Dog Show, most pet poisoning are accidental. They’re often caused by a simple lack of knowledge or prevention on the part of the pet parent.

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Guest Post: Just Because It’s Good For You… Preventing Pet Poisoning

Photo of Jackson
Jackson, an Embraced pup from
Dublin, CA, chewed the cap off a bottle
of Tylenol and had to be rushed to the
 vet for
Tylenol toxicity.

Poisonings in our pets are definitely on the rise. It is not due to a nasty neighbor throwing some altered treat over the fence so your dog will eat it. I have had many people suspect that happened, but in all my years of being a vet, I have actually never seen this happen. By far the most common toxicity cases come about because we humans are careless.

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Pet Poison Prevention Starts with You

Pet Poison PreventionMarch is Pet Poison Prevention Month. When it comes to preventing pet poisoning, pet parents need to think like the parents of human children as they baby-proof their home. While our dogs and cats don’t have opposable thumbs that make it easy to open cabinets and closets, they are incredibly resourceful when there’s something they want.

Cleaning products, medications, and lawn care products should be stored out of your pet’s reach and preferably in a closed cabinet, drawer, or closet. Is your pet especially industrious at opening any of the aforementioned receptacles? Consider baby locks. Also, consider your pet when picking plants for your home and garden and think twice before spraying any kind of fertilizer, weed killer, or insect bait. Our friends at PetPlace.com have helpful lists that spell out the toxic plants for both cats and dogs.

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Podcast: Dental Dilemmas Solved by Dr. Patrick Mahaney

Proper dental care is critical for our pets, yet it's an area of our pet's care that a lot of pet parents neglect. So what can we do? Can we make up for lost time?

In this month’s podcast, Chief Embracer Laura Bennett and Dr. Patrick Mahaney take on a variety of dental health questions posed by our readers:

  • Karin S.: What are the best tartar control diets for dogs and cats?
  • Christine G.: Once a dog has bad teeth, is there anything you can do to reverse it? Or at that point, are you just trying to keep it from getting worse?
  • Alexandra H.: I have a wonderful 7 yr old, 15 lb dachshund. I've had his teeth cleaned three times by his vet (about every 1.5 to 2 years), and he's had a few teeth extracted. I know how important a clean, bacteria-free mouth is to his overall health, but as he starts to grow old older, I am concerned about putting him under anesthesia for cleanings, as any such procedure carries risk. Should I worry? What would you recommend? Also, I try to brush his teeth, but he loves licking the chicken flavored tooth paste so much, I don't feel like I'm getting much brushing done. My vet mentioned a solution to add to his drinking water, but I'm not sure it's safe. Any recommendations for daily oral care?
  • Karin S.: What is your opinion on anesthesia-free dental cleaning for dogs?
  • Darcy L.: My cat, Mr. Meow Meow, needs to have his teeth cleaned and probably needs to have some of them pulled. When my previous cat had this done, (granted, she was much older), it took over a week for her to recover. What are your thoughts on yanking teeth?

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