Easter Pet Poisons

The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous – the petals, the leaves, the stem and even the pollen. Cats that ingest as few as one or two leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer severe kidney failure.” In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop
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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems. Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy. What is veterinary dentistry, and who should perform it? Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of your pets’ teeth and all other aspects of oral health care. These procedures should be performed by a veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist. Subject
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Top 4 Reasons to See a Vet

Pets are like people in many ways, including their need for regular healthcare. Even if your pet never goes outside or seems healthy, that doesn’t necessarily they ARE healthy. If you’re not already taking your pet to the vet on a regular basis, this blog might make you think differently. Has it been a while since your pet’s seen a vet? If so, schedule an appointment at Stetson Hills Animal Hospital in Glendale, AZ, by calling (623) 889-7090. We offer a number of wellness, preventive, and holistic services for dogs, cats, and pocket pets to keep your companion happy and
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Eight Tips to Make your Home Great for your Cat(s)

Elimination Area. The Single biggest reason for owner dissatisfaction with their cat is house soiling with urine or feces outside of the litter-box. Minimize the chances of this happening in your household by providing one litter-box per cat +1 if at all possible, ideally in various locations throughout the house. The litter-boxes should vary in configuration, with at least one open on top, one at least 2 feet wide by 3 feet long such as a plastic storage container( you can cut a section out of the middle or end of this box to permit easy access). At least one
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How to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for friends, family, and being jolly. The team at Stetson Hills Animal Hospital in Glendale, AZ, wants to keep this season jolly for you and your four-legged friends with the following holiday pet safety tips. We hope you and your family (pets included!) have a wonderful holiday and happy new year! Christmas Decorations Pets are curious by nature—especially cats—so tinsel and ribbon are known to draw the attention of many pets during the holidays. If your pet were to eat either of these stringy decorations, it can result in intestinal blockage, which can often be corrected only
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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 3,000 year old healing technique utilized in Traditional Chinese Medicine and it was introduced in the U.S. as a viable treatment option for humans within the past 20 years. Now this treatment option is also widely used in veterinary medicine as well and has been shown to be incredibly successful. Acupuncture works by promoting self-healing through the stimulation of certain sites on the body, called acupoints or acupuncture points. The stimulation of these points is done with tiny, sterile needles inserted carefully into the skin, but can also be performed using other kinds of stimulation such as
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