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There are so many plants, how do I know which are dangerous for my pet?

By Dr. InoueAugust 6th, 2012

While we call these plants poisonous, very few can cause death in dogs and cats.  The most common symptom is stomach upset.  The exception to this would be foxglove and yew, which can cause fatal heart arrhythmias.

If you have a specific plant in question, please ask for more details, either by calling us or leaving a comment below.

  • Aloe
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Azalea
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Buckeye
  • Buddhist Pine
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lilly
  • Castor Bean
  • Ceriman
  • Cherry
  • Christmas Rose
  • Cineraria
  • Cordatum
  • Corn Plant
  • Cornstalk Plant
  • Crocuses
  • Crotons
  • Cycads
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Dracaena
  • Dracaena Palm
  • Dragon Tree
  • Dumb Cane
  • Elaine
  • Elephant Ears
  • Emerald Feather
  • English Ivy
  • Exotica perfection
  • Fiddle Leaf
  • Florida Beauty
  • Foxglove
  • Fruit Salad Plant
  • German Ivy
  • Giant Dumb Cane
  • Golden Pothos
  • Holly
  • Hurricane Plant
  • Indian Rubber Plant
  • Ivy (most varieties)
  • Japanese Yew
  • Jerusalem Cherry
  • Kalanchoe
  • Laurel
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Madagascar Dragon Tree
  • Marble Queen
  • Marijuana
  • Medicine Plant
  • Mexican Breadfruit
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning Glory
  • Mother-in-Laws tongue
  • Narcissus
  • Nephthysis
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Onion
  • Panda
  • Peace Lily
  • Peach
  • Pencil Cactus
  • Philodendron (most varieties)
  • Plumosa Fern
  • Poinsettia
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Pothos
  • Precatory Bean
  • Primula
  • Red Emerald
  • Rhododendron
  • Ribbon Plant
  • Rubber Plant
  • Sago Plant
  • Schefflera
  • String of Pearls/Beads
  • Swiss Cheese Plant
  • Taro Vine
  • Tomato Plant
  • Weeping Fig
  • Yew

My pet was diagnosed with ringworm. How do I clean my house?

By Dr. InoueJune 5th, 2012

Ringworm is a fungal infection that is easily transmissible from animal to animal (or human) either by direct contact, contact from human to animal, or contact with infected surfaces. There are multiple treatment options for ringworm which you should discuss with your veterinarian.

Ideally, the infected animal should be shaved down to reduce the amount of surface area the spores can attach to and thus transmit the disease to others. All hard surfaces, including floors, baseboards, heating registers and auto interiors should be cleaned thoroughly with disinfectant cleaner, then wiped down with a 1:10 bleach solution.

This is also true for cages, litter pans, carriers, food and water dishes. All bedding, sheets, fabric surfaces should be washed in hot water with detergent and a 1:32 bleach solution. Color safe bleach may also be used. Carpets, furniture and drapes should be vacuumed and steam cleaned frequently throughout the course of the treatment. Forced air furnace filters should be changed weekly since the spores are taken in through the intake vent and can escape through the outflow vents leading to continued re-infection.

Find out more about ringworm and other health issues on our Client Education page.

Why do I need to give heartworm prevention in winter?

By Dr. InoueMarch 12th, 2012

Many people know that heartworm prevention is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health.  For residents of Indiana, however, few realize the necessity of giving their pet heartworm prevention every month throughout the year.

The reason is one that every Hoosier should be familiar with: Indiana has sporadic weather patterns. While we do get snow and frost in the winter, we also have some occasional warm winter days.

These warm days provide opportunities for gastrointestinal parasites (such as roundworms and hookworms) to infest our pets. Warm days may also allow for young, pupated mosquitoes to hatch and spread heartworm larvae to our pets.

All of this is preventable. By giving your pets the monthly tablet or chewable, you can keep their hearts free from heartworms.

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