Although secondhand smoke inhalation toxicity is possible in animals, the most common source of exposure is actually through the ingestion of baked goods containing marijuana. Dog's get into "stuff" and will eat just about anything...

No Marijuana SignMarijuana has a wide margin of safety, and ingestions are rarely fatal, but large quantities or exposure to concentrated medical-grade type may result in prolonged, extensive medical care.

Depending on the amount consumed, clinical effects in animals may begin within 30 to 60 minutes. Signs of marijuana exposure include drooling, disorientation, dribbling urine, dilated pupils, staggering, hypersensitivity to touch and sound, vomiting, tremors, hypothermia, low blood sugar and abnormal heart rate. Higher dosages may additionally cause rapid eye movements, agitation, heavy breathing, loss of balance, seizures, and even death.

As most of us know, cats were once worshipped as Gods in ancient Egypt. Cats also know this.

Hieroglyphics adorned the walls of palaces and pyramids depicting these revered creatures. One must wonder though – were there any carvings depicting a Pharaoh shaking a scolding finger at a cat gleefully swinging from the royal draperies?

cat-playing-with-toy-mouseFast forward to modern day where much has changed for the little furry gods. Far from strolling lush palace grounds, most kitties are strictly indoors now due to the potential dangers they may face outside. Coyotes, fisher cats, dogs and raccoons are among the biggest threats to an outdoor cat’s life, not to mention cars and other cats. Fleas and ticks can be an unpleasant and costly problem too, if not treated properly.

If a cat owner is going to make the conscious decision to keep their cat indoors for life, they must provide a stimulating and happy environment for kitty to live and thrive in. Every cat is unique and owners must find ways to keep boredom at bay. A bored cat can become a frustrated, anxious cat, leading to behavioral problems such as destructive scratching, inappropriate litter box habits or over-grooming. It’s important for first time or seasoned cat owners to brush up on helpful tips to keep their feline content.

At Kingston Animal Hospital, we believe that home care is just as important as veterinary care. Here are a few things that pet owners can do at home to help keep their furry and friends happy and healthy.

Feed a Proper Nutritious Diet

/pet-owner-walking-dogReceiving a nutritious, balanced diet can be a key component to sustaining pet health, happiness, and longevity. Often times, bargain priced pet food is full of “fillers,” non-nutritious and potentially hazardous to your pet. e can help you find the best diet for your dog, cat, or other small animal. We can also direct you to appropriate diets based on stage of life. And don’t forget to keep your pet at a healthy weight! Carrying extra pounds puts unnecessary stress on the heart, lungs, and joints.

Don't Forget Oral Hygiene

As with humans, dental hygiene and at home preventive oral care in pets is an integral part of maintaining wellbeing and health. Animal periodontal disease is one of the most common, yet most easily prevented, pet conditions we see today. Not only is it extremely painful for your pet, but the infection can also spread to other organs, causing additional complications, pain, and veterinary expenses. As simple prevention that you can do at home, we recommend brushing your pet’s teeth once per day.

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