It’s amazing (yet scary) how many common food items in our kitchen are poisonous to our pets! Some of these food items, while safe to you, may cause serious problems if ingested by our dogs and cats. Here is the list of kitchen products that the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline recommend keeping away from pets.read more
Pet owners who are serious about pet-proofing their home should start with their own medicine cabinet. Nearly 50% of all calls received by Pet Poison Helpline involve human medications – both over-the-counter and prescription. Whether Fido accidentally chewed into a pill bottle or a well-intentioned pet owner accidentally switched medication (giving their pet a human medication), pet poisonings due to human medications are common and can be very serious.
Below is a list of the top 10 human medications most frequently ingested by pets, along with some tips from the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline on how to prevent pet poisoning from human medications.read more
Eastern box turtles are one of the most recognized and beloved turtles found throughout the state of Virginia. Often seen traveling along hiking trails and other wooded areas, their brightly colored shells and docile nature are a familiar sight to behold.
While still common in many areas, the overall population of eastern box turtles in certain states has been steadily declining. So much so, that the Commonwealth of Virginia recently imposed a new ban, effective July 2021— eastern box turtles can no longer be taken from the wild and kept as pets.read more
As you prepare for emergencies, make sure you have a plan for Fluffy and Fido, too. If sudden emergencies or storms arise, evacuation or sheltering will be less stressful for you and your family, including your pets if you have a plan in place.
You may need to evacuate quickly, so having all the pet supplies you need and a safe place for your pets to ride out the storm will make them more comfortable. Talking with your vet or friends who have pets can give you some ideas and advice on how to plan
for these emergencies.
Here are some tips to keep your furry friends safe.read more
Dogs have gained the moniker over time as being “man’s best friend.” But what happens when a best friend is not the best fit for their owner due to their inherent nature? We have compiled a list of some of the most lovable dog breeds that might not love living in your home. https://www.icepop.com/popular-dog-breeds-suitable-home/read more
Don’t buy into ‘many unfounded myths, worthless folk remedies, and just plain bad advice out there about treating snake bites.’ Watch where you stick your hands and feet, it’s snake season in Rappahannock County. https://www.rappnews.com/news/accidents/if-serpents-strike-in-rappahannock/article_4cddc160-c3f9-11ea-aef8-638e9a550cfa.htmlread more
Wild Neighbors provides practical, humane, and effective advice on how to share living space with 35 of the most common species, from alligators to woodpeckers, found in the lower 48 states. Advice focuses on how to: properly and accurately define a wildlife problem; determine what type of animal is causing it; identify the damage; effectively take action for a humane and permanent solution; and proactively avoid future conflicts. This long-awaited, new and expanded edition provides invaluable information to any homeowner who seeks to live in...read more
Chances are, you buckle up when you’re on the road but think nothing of leaving your dog untethered. If so, join the crowd—84 percent of pet owners don’t restrain their dogs on car trips, according to a survey done by the AAA along with Kurgo, a pet company, in 2011. Even if you’ve got the chillest dog on the planet and see no reason to confine her (as 42 percent of survey respondents believed) or you’re just going on a quick drive, the short answer for “does your dog need a seat belt” is: Yes they do, says...read more
HomeoAnimal.com compiled the expertise of 35 animal nutritionists and pet professionals from around the world to put together this extensive guide. It’s split into nine articles that are designed to walk you through the steps of creating the healthiest meal plan for your pet. Want a sneak peek? Take a look at their post page with links to the 9 articles.read more
The Truth About Pet Food — Recalls, Ingredients and Related News TruthAboutPetFood.comread more