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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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Pre-anesthetic Monitoring for Your Pet

By Dr. InoueFebruary 21st, 2012

Generally, our pets undergo anesthesia only a few times in their lives.  The first is for their “routine” spay/neuter followed by either periodic dental cleanings or even removal of various masses.  We recommend that pre-anesthetic blood testing be performed to assure that our patients are in good health prior to undergoing the anesthesia and surgery.  Often, animals can look healthy on physical examination but have underlying disease processes occurring that could be worsened with the stresses of anesthesia.  This even happens in puppies/kittens that come in for routine surgeries.  Young animals can have genetic or congenital conditions that have not fully come to the surface and thus they appear very healthy even when they are not.  Older and geriatric patients are even more prone to having some underlying disease such as kidney or liver insufficiency.  These types of conditions can be worsened or exacerbated by the physiologic changes that occur under anesthesia.  Fortunately, the risks of anesthesia are very low and having all the information, including bloodwork values, available prior to surgery even further lowers that risk.  Animals are biologic creatures and there are no guarantees in the world of medicine, but the better informed we are the less risk there is to your pet.


By Dr. InoueFebruary 21st, 2012

Parvovirus is a virus that is a life threatening contagion of dogs, especially unvaccinated puppies.  The virus infects cells in the intestinal tract thus causing sloughing of the lining of the intestines.  This causes a variety of clinical signs starting with lethargy progressing to very bloody diarrhea and vomiting.  It is life threatening because it leads to severe dehydration and in effect starvation because the animal is unable to eat, digest or absorb nutrients.  There is no cure for the virus; however, we can provide supportive care to the patient via IV fluid therapy, nutritional supplementation, pain medications and sometimes antibiotic therapy if indicated.  When the puppy is having the diarrhea, the virus is spread via the feces and may lead to contamination of yards and infection to other dogs/puppies.  Additionally, the puppy can shed the virus in the feces up to 2 weeks after being released from the hospital.  Even more concerning is the fact that the virus can remain viable in the environment for years if not properly disinfected.  Therefore, it is of utmost importance to properly disinfect when you have had a puppy with parvovirus in your household.  We generally recommend that all toys, bedding, and hard surfaces (including crates, kennels, flooring, mats and concrete slabs) be cleaned with a 1:30 dilute bleach solution to help disinfect the area.  All future puppies should complete a booster vaccination schedule with your veterinarian.  This is an easily preventable disease that is still very common but with only supportive care available to treat it.  The general hospitalization time is anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks depending how the puppy responds to therapy and clears the virus.  The cost of care can range from $400 up to $2500.  Fortunately for us, the vaccine is almost 100% effective if given properly.  Now, there are 1 and 3 year vaccinations available to make it easy for us to keep our pets protected.