Category Archives: Questions and Answers

Questions from our clients, and answers from our veterinarians.

Chocolate and Your Dog

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Chocolate and Your Dog

Q)┬áIs chocolate toxic to pets? A) This depends on the type of chocolate that is ingested – milk chocolate, dark chocolate or unsweetened chocolate. Unsweetened (baker’s) chocolate is 10 times more toxic than milk chocolate. It takes about 1 ounce of milk chocolate per pound of body weight to cause toxicity in a dog, whereas 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate… Read more »

Dental Care for your Pet

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Dental Care for your Pet

Q) Is dental care important for my pet? A) Yes, for multiple reasons. Most pets will have periodontal disease by the time they are four years old. This worsens with age, and can lead to serious medical problems, including heart, liver or kidney failure. In small dogs, these problems often happen earlier in life; often teeth are being lost by… Read more »

Pain Relievers for your Pet

Jim Johnson   June 13, 2012   Comments Off on Pain Relievers for your Pet

Q) Can I give my pet Tylenol or Ibuprofen? A) No. Unfortunately, because of metabolic differences between humans, dogs, and cats, most over-the-counter pain relievers are not only harmful, but can even be fatal to pets. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is almost always fatal in cats without aggressive and expensive treatments. Tylenol can also cause liver failure in dogs. Ibuprofen can cause… Read more »

Can I get worms from my pet?

Jim Johnson   June 10, 2012   Comments Off on Can I get worms from my pet?

Q) Can I get worms from my pet? A) Unfortunately, the answer is “yes”. There are two diseases that can result from worms transmitted from your pet. The first, visceral larval migrans, results from oral ingestion of a microscopic worm egg, and can be especially serious in children. The second, cutaneous larval migrans, is caused by migration of a worm… Read more »