The study, conducted by veterinarians at University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and a the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, examined natural flea products, whose active ingredients were essential oils extracted from plants and thus were exempt from Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Records from the poison center relating to 39 cats and 9 dogs, that had been exposed to natural flea preventatives, were evaluated for this study. Pet owners steer clear of products marked as “all natural” if those products are not regulated. The plant derived oil, observed in cat and dogs, can cause agitation, hyper-salivation, lethargy, vomiting, panting, weakness and seizures. Cats are more frequently adversely affected by topical flea preventatives because their grooming and licking behavior leads them to ingest more of the product.
Just because it says “all natural" does not mean that it is safe.
Check with your veterinarian for a safe and effective flea treatment for your pet.
How to keep your pets safe from potential poisons found around your home. Like chocolate can cause heart problems and can even be fatal, human medications, plants, raisins, grapes all of this things can be toxic to your pets.
With Easter around the corner, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, tremors, and possibly seizures depending on how much is eaten and the size of your dog. Easter lilies and stargazers are extremely toxic to cats.
Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths will cause vomiting.
If your dog picks up a toad and it is toxic, wash your pet's mouth with water and call your vet.
Keep this number handy: Pet Poison Helpline 1 (800) 213-6680
Brushing your cat allows you to make a connection without hand contact. When a cat rubs their cheeks against a person or item they are marking their territories. The scent gland is located in the cat's cheeks. Use a long handled bath brush. It can remind the cat of it's Mom's raspy tongue. Brush the cat's cheeks and work your way under the cat's chin. Position your brush under the cat's chin and slowly rub from the tip of the chin back along to the throat. (Do not put any pressure on the throat area). When brushing remember to keep your speed slow. When brushing the shoulder let the cat rub against the brush. It is nice to see the cat warming up to you, some cats crane their heads up in appreciation.
Create a routine upon your arrival home. When you enter the house, ring the bell three times. This distinguishes you from others who would ring the bell once. The cat will identify the three rings with your arrival, a subtle way of establishing a routine. This makes the cat aware that it is you and it will feel safe.
Upon entering the house, call out the cat's name in a gentle voice. Pay particular attention to the tone and pitch of your voice. The cat responds to your soothing tone. A high-pitched voice may be threatening to a cat. These two simple acts establish a predictable safe routine.
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