Posted 10:25 AM 12/3/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital & Emergency Center
Many cat parents ask, "What should I feed my cat?" There's no quick answer to this, but let's begin by looking at the unique nutritional needs of the feline:
1. In general, cats should eat high-protein, moderate-fat, low carbohydrate foods.
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Posted 8:52 AM 12/3/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital & Emergency Center
Americans are obsessed with weight loss. Just look at the latest fad diet, exercise trend, fat-burning supplement or weight-loss gadget. Considering that 65 percent of Americans are overweight, this infatuation with getting slim is not surprising. Unfortunately, many people overlook the fact that (More)
Posted 4:23 PM 9/27/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital
Common Foods that can harm your pets• Alcohol- Alcoholic drinks are commonly available around the holidays and can be dangerous to dogs and cats• Caffeine- Commonly in coffee, tea, energy drinks and diet pills. Caffeine can affect the heart, stomach (More)
Posted 3:22 PM 9/11/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital
Anticoagulant rodenticides are designed to kill rats, mice, and other rodents by causing internal bleeding after the rodent ingests the poisonous bait. These poisons are thus designed to taste good and be very attractive to rodents.
Dogs and cats can also find this bait very tasty and may (More)
Posted 10:15 AM 8/12/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital
Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste.
It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure.
The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures.
Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.
Posted 11:37 AM 7/19/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital
Posted 1:43 PM 7/15/2013 by Atascadero Pet Hospital & Emergency Center