Peanut Butter and Xylitol Danger for Pets

If you’ve wondered how to give your pet their medication, and reached for a jar of peanut butter, you’re not alone. Peanut butter is commonly used among pet owners to get pets to eat their meds -both because of its stickiness and its yumminess!

But sadly, some brands of peanut butter contain a substance that can kill your dog. Xylitol is a sugar substitute being used more often in peanut butter and in many other household products that you might not even know about. 

Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center believes one of our jobs is to raise awareness of potential hazards to your pet. Hopefully giving you some information on what Xylitol is and where it is used can help you keep your pets safe at home.  

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Candy: The Truly Frightening Risk to Halloween Pet Safety

animal hospital pet safetyHalloween is great for kids of all ages, but there are many aspects that also pose a threat to our pets. Costumes and decorations notwithstanding, the endless variety of candy and treats is actually a big concern when it comes to Halloween pet safety. In fact, this is the cause of most pet emergencies this time of year. Depending on the type and quantity consumed, candy can really land your pet in a cauldron of hot water.

The Most Dangerous

While it’s safe to assume that all Halloween candy is relatively bad for pets, there are some foods that are worse than others. For example, chocolate candy is one of the worst (and most common) offenders around. Chocolate poisoning can result in vomiting, diarrhea, panting, restlessness, and even heart failure. Continue…

Do Expiration Dates on Pet Medications Matter?

veterinarianLet’s face it, our medicine cabinets and bathroom shelves likely have an array of old medications, prescriptions, ointments, and other expired health items. The question is whether you still use them or not.

The same quandary is faced when you look at your pet’s old medications. Do expiration dates on pet medications really matter? Are they still effective? Is it safe? To clear up the confusion around this issue, the team at Berks Animal Emergency and Referral Center is here to explain expiration dates on pet medications and the risks.

The Importance of Expiration Dates on Pet Medications

Each over-the-counter and prescribed medication contains a date that lets the consumer know when the product is no longer effective. This date is determined at the time of manufacturing and depends on the type and form (liquid vs. pill) of medication, as well as storage requirements. Continue…

Don’t Let a Pet Poisoning Happen in Your Home

pet poisoningBetween Valentine’s Day, Easter, and spring cleaning, the risk of a pet poisoning occurring at home increases tenfold. Ironically, home is the one place that’s supposed to be the safest for your pet. However, with some practical pet safety tips, you can still enjoy this time of year – and protect your pet.

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Toxic Foods and the Holidays: Avoid a Pet Poisoning This Year

pet poisoningThe last thing pet owners want during the holidays is an emergency, and yet the weeks between Halloween and New Year’s are chock full of potential hazards. This can make even the most relaxed pet owner fall into a cycle of fear and anxiety about a potential pet calamity.  However, when you know how to best prevent a pet poisoning, everyone can enjoy the festivities together.

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Ice Melt Toxicity: Facts and Fictions

on a footpathWhile the astronomical start of winter is December 21st, the meteorological winter begins December 1st. By then, we may already have been hit by a snow or ice storm, begging the question – are you ready to learn about ice melt toxicity?

Preparing for winter goes beyond digging out your parka and stocking up on blankets and hot chocolate. It also means protecting your pet from the dangers that come with the colder weather. This includes brushing up on ice melt toxicity.

While most owners understand the inherent dangers of antifreeze, there’s a cloud of confusion about whether or not ice melt is toxic to pets. Let’s find out!
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How to Prevent a Pet Poisoning Emergency

Sad catThere are few situations more frightening than a pet poisoning emergency. Unfortunately, hundreds of pets succumb to household and environmental toxins each year. In observance of National Poison Prevention Week, the team at Berks Animal Emergency & Referral Center wants to raise awareness about common home and garden products that can harm your pet.

Lawn and Garden Pet Toxins

With spring just around the corner, you may be looking to spruce up your yard, prep the garden beds, or clean out the shed. However, the products used to support your efforts can be hazardous to a curious fur friend. Continue…