By Deb Haines Alternate names chocolate-covered espresso beans, milk chocolate, Baker’s chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa mulch, cacao mulch, cocoa hull, caffeine, theobromine, methylxanthine, xanthine, cocoa powder, chocolate candy, Halloween candy, Easter candy, Valentine’s Day Candy, Christmas candy, Hanukkah candy TOXICITY TO PETS The severity of chocolate toxicity varies greatly depending onContinue reading “Chocolate”


By Deb Haines Alternate names methylxanthine, xanthine, tea, coffee, coffee beans, weight loss supplements, dietary supplements, energy drinks, guarana TOXICITY TO PETS Many common products contain caffeine including coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, and some supplements (e.g. pre-workout and weight-loss supplements). Both caffeine and theobromine, a chemical related to caffeine, are also found in chocolate. DogsContinue reading “Caffeine”

Grape, Raisin and Currant Poisoning

By Deb Haines Recently, veterinarians discovered that grapes, raisins and currants (fruits from Vitis species) can cause kidney failure in dogs. It is unclear whether this is a new problem, or if the toxic nature of grapes and raisins became recognized after the establishment of a computerized animal toxicity database about 25 years ago. WhateverContinue reading “Grape, Raisin and Currant Poisoning”

Financial Assistance

Are you having trouble affording your pet? Check this list of national and state resources for pet owners in need Below is a comprehensive list of pet financial aid-related organizations. You will also find more resources in the comments section of the post linked below. NOTE: If your animal requires emergency veterinary care andContinue reading “Financial Assistance”

Pet Poison Hotline Information

By Deb Haines This information will be kept under announcements at the top of the Pet Vet Corner group page. Pet Poison Helpline, is an animal poison control service available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet – including birds! Pet PoisonContinue reading “Pet Poison Hotline Information”

Learning What Is/Is Not Healthy Human Foods For Your Dog

By Deb Haines Dogs have a different digestive system from humans. This means that some foods that are safe for people can be harmful or even very dangerous for dogs. However, many human foods are also safe for dogs and can provide important nutrients and health benefits. Here, we look at which people foods areContinue reading “Learning What Is/Is Not Healthy Human Foods For Your Dog”

Your Medications Can Kill Your Pet!

By Deb Haines A medication that does one thing for people does not necessarily do the same for our pets. A pet can easily ingest dropped pills or may be given harmful human medications by an unknowing owner, causing illness, or even death, of your pet. A pet can find pill bottles, ointments etc onContinue reading “Your Medications Can Kill Your Pet!”

Diatomaceous Earth (DE)

By Deb Haines What Exactly is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatoms are single-celled algae that inhabit streams, lakes, oceans and other waterways. Fossilized diatoms, whose cell walls are made of silica, are used to make a fine powder called diatomaceous earth (DE). Food-grade DE is typically used to sprinkle on vegetable and fruit gardens to help preventContinue reading “Diatomaceous Earth (DE)”