animal care

Keep your best fur friend safe from toxic substances

March 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by SAM HYER Ahh March, with our thoughts turning to spring and all of its promise, a part of that thought process turns to spring cleaning. Here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking at “pet level.” According to the ASPCA  in 2008, over 140,000 cases of pets being exposed to toxic substances were logged. The most common call involved a pet getting into human medications. But what are the other things that can cause your pet its life and you your best fur friend.  Here are some of the items on the chart that I keep at the kennel and send home in my puppy and rescue care kits. Pet hazards list-around the house Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, aspirin, etc), acetaminophen, cold and flu medications, decongestants, antidepressants, vitamins, home insect products, rat and mouse bait, bleach, diet pills, disinfectants, fabric softener, lead (paint and paint chips), linoleum (in older homes), lighter fluid, mothballs, anti-cancer drugs, solvents (paint thinners etc.), flea and tick products, drain cleaners, liquid potpourri, slug and snail bait, oven cleaner sprays, lime/scale remover, fly bait, detergents, tobacco products, plants-house and yard (aloe, amaryllis, andromeda japonica, Asian lily, asparagus fern, Australian nut, autumn crocus, azalea, belladonna, bird of paradise, bittersweet, black locust, branching ivy, buckeye, Buddhist pine, caladium, calla lily, caster bean, ceriman, clematis, cordatum, corn plant, cycads, cyclamen, daffodil, day lily, devil’s ivy, dieffenbachia, dumbcane, Easter lily, elephant ears, emerald fern, English ivy, eucalyptus, ferns, fiddle-leaf philodendron, gold dust dracaena, Florida beauty, foxglove, glacier ivy, gladiolus, golden pothos, heavenly bamboo, honeysuckle, hurricane plant, hyacinth, hydrangea, iris, Jerusalem cherry, jimson weed, kalanchoe, lantana, lilies, lily of the valley, lupine, marble queen, morning glory, mother-in-law, mountain laurel, narcissus, needlepoint ivy, nephthysis, nightshade, oleander, panda, peace lily, philodendron, poison hemlock, precatory bean, privit, red emerald, rhododendron, ribbon plant, sago plam, satin pathos, schefflera, striped dracaena, sweetheart ivy, tulip, water hemlock, wisteria, yew, and yuccaall cause poisoning. Harmful foods Avocados, chocolate, coffee, onion and onion powder, garlic, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcoholic drinks, moldy/spoiled foods, salt, fatty food, gum candies or other foods with Xylitol, tea leaves, raw yeast dough Objects of harm Balls that are small or have an outer coating, batteries, bread twist ties, buttons, coins, cotton swabs or balls, […]

Veterinary Office Goes Beyond the Traditional

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

At Rogue Valley Veterinary Hospital (RVVH) and K-9 Sports Med-Hab, pets can enjoy more than the typical treatment options veterinarians offer. The business outgrew its former location on Algoma Avenue and has opened its doors for business at 4210 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford. Established in November, 1999, the hospital moved to its new location December 12, 2008. Now in the Cedar Rock area, RVVH chose this location based on the commitment to stay in the Rockford area, better exposure, and the easy access from US 131. With a state-of-the-art facility for canine rehabilitation, RVVH sees regular referrals from throughout the state of Michigan as well as the midwest and southern states. The owner of the practice is Dr. Doreen Comrie, DVM, CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner). Dr. Comrie has over 20 years experience in small animal medicine and surgery. She is a specialist in canine physical rehabilitation and sports medicine. She is the only CCRP in the Grand Rapids area and also the only University of Pennsylvania-certified Penn Hip provider in West Michigan‹a certification in evaluation and treatment of hip dysplasia in dogs. Following their rehabilitation at RVVH, many of her patients have been able to resume agility, obedience and field trial competitions, prolonging their careers and good health. Joining Dr. Comrie are Drs. Melinda Smith DVM and Meghan Swayman, DVM. Dr. Smith is an MSU, College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She joined the hospital after gaining experience in small animal medicine and surgery at a private practice in Newaygo. Her special interest is in pain management for acute and chronic conditions. Dr. Swayman is a recent graduate of MSU, CVM and recently relocated to the Grand Rapids area. Staff includes Jeanette Groner, head trainer and canine social evaluator. She is a graduate of the College for Veterinary Technician in the Netherlands and is a certified dog behavior and obedience instructor through the Dutch ASPCA and a list of other certifications and in dog obedience and training. She has 17 years experience in the field and has over 20 years experience training dogs. She has trained dogs to work in agility, therapy, search and rescue and with law enforcement for body recovery, air scenting and tracking. Also on staff are Heather Woodard, registered veterinary […]