Top 7 Most Dangerous Items Pets Eat

Little dog and food toxic to him

Pets are innately curious and opportunistic, meaning they’ll steal, chew, and ingest whatever they can get their muzzles on. While mischievous pets can be adorable and funny, their behavior can have dangerous—sometimes life-threatening—consequences if they consume a hazardous or toxic item. To help you understand this serious risk, the UrgentVet team has compiled an unofficial… Continue reading Top 7 Most Dangerous Items Pets Eat

What to Know About the New Mystery Dog Illness

Dog Disease Outbreak

A new “mystery dog illness” (aka canine respiratory illness) has recently emerged in the United States and appears to be spreading from state to state. Unfortunately, inaccurate and anecdotal information is also spreading and creating fear, panic, and a sense of helplessness. At UrgentVet, we recognize and understand the unease of a mystery illness, but… Continue reading What to Know About the New Mystery Dog Illness

Is That a Worm in My Pet’s Feces?

worms in dogs poop

Parasites are everywhere, and your pet can pick them up from other pets and wildlife. Most pet owners understand they need to have their pets periodically dewormed. However, they often aren’t sure why deworming matters, how worms look, where their pet contracted worms, or worms’ potential impact on their four-legged friends’ health. Let’s take a… Continue reading Is That a Worm in My Pet’s Feces?

Take My Breath Away—Is My Pet’s Upper Respiratory Infection an Emergency?

respiratory cat

Like people, pets are vulnerable to numerous highly contagious upper respiratory infections that show signs and cause significant discomfort. Understanding this condition and learning to recognize worsening signs can help you determine whether you can safely monitor your pet at home or you should seek veterinary care. What is an upper respiratory infection in pets?… Continue reading Take My Breath Away—Is My Pet’s Upper Respiratory Infection an Emergency?

My Pet Ate a Dead Animal—What Should I Do?

Pet ate a dead animal

It’s common for pets to eat things they shouldn’t. These can include human food, plants and material items, and even dead animals. (Yes, very gross – but common.) At UrgentVet, we regularly hear from concerned pet owners whose dog or cat has decided to dine on something—or someone—that is past expiration. So, here’s a simple… Continue reading My Pet Ate a Dead Animal—What Should I Do?

Not So Sweet Treats—Chocolate and Xylitol Toxicity in Pets

dog and chocolate

Valentine’s Day is meant for sharing expressions of love and devotion, and while a box of gourmet chocolate hearts or lip-shaped candies say “I love you” to a significant other, friend, or family member, they can be the very dangerous for cats and dogs—especially if they include xylitol. Chocolate ingestion ranks as number one on… Continue reading Not So Sweet Treats—Chocolate and Xylitol Toxicity in Pets

Veterinary Care: UrgentVet vs. Emergency Vet – What’s the Difference?

Urgent Versus Emergency Veterinary Care

My Pet Is Sick! Where Do I Go for After Hours Veterinary Care?  When your pet falls ill or becomes injured, you likely first reach out to your primary care veterinarian for advice, or to schedule an appointment. However, general veterinary practices typically don’t offer late hours or open hours on holidays, so where do… Continue reading Veterinary Care: UrgentVet vs. Emergency Vet – What’s the Difference?