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It is hard to believe that 2016 is going to be coming to a close soon. Before we know it the holiday season will be upon us. As we head into autumn here is some advice on how to keep your companion safe and healthy.

As the weather gets colder, mice and rats start seeking shelter in warm locations… in other words, your home! Some people reach for rodenticides to keep these pest situations under control. Rat poison is extremely toxic for our furry friends. Clinical signs of Rodenticide toxicity include bruising, weakness, lethargy, difficulty breathing, dehydration, inappetence, profuse vomiting, a distended stomach, tremors, seizures, kidney failure, internal hemorrhage and even death. We strongly advise against use of any rodenticides! No matter what you may read or hear, there is no form of rodenticide that is safe for companions.

The last week of October poses a big danger to your companion, as there’s a greater likelihood they will find the candy stash. Clinical signs of chocolate poisoning include agitation, panting, vomiting, and diarrhea. With more significant ingestions, clinical signs of cardiac effects (including a racing heart rate, high blood pressure, and abnormal heart rhythm) or pancreatitis (e.g., inflammation of the pancreas) may be seen. With severe poisonings, chocolate can result in tremors, seizures, and death. Keep in mind that with chocolate, the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more dangerous it is! Keep that candy stash in a place where it will not be found by your companion.

Mushrooms can be extremely toxic for your companion
. Now is the time of the year when you may start to see some pop up in the backyard or around your neighborhood. Clinical signs include gastrointestinal signs (e.g., drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain), neurologic signs (e.g., walking drunk, tremoring, agitation, seizures), organ damage (e.g., liver or kidney failure), or even death.

If you are concerned that your companion has ingested any of these toxins call us immediately at 719-481-3080.

Do you know of a group or class who would enjoy a tour of our hospital? Now that the kids are back in school and starting extracurricular activities you may be looking for a group event for them. If you are interested in a tour of our hospital call us at 719-481-3080 and ask for Stefanie.

We hope everyone has a great September and be sure to check back in the coming months for advice on how to keep your companions safe over the Holiday Season.

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