Exposure to Edible Marijuana: A Serious Pet Poisoning

pet poisoningsMarijuana is legal in over a half dozen states and is allowed for medical purposes in almost 30. With this shift to decriminalization, cannabis products are becoming more mainstream – and pets are noticing.

Edibles (edible treats made with pot like brownies, candies, etc.) are common culprits of pet poisonings. Seemingly irresistible by many people and animals alike, edibles contain delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which affects the tissues of the liver, kidneys, and brain.


Essential Oils and Pets: Harmful or Helpful?

Essential Oils and PetsPerusing the aisles of many pharmacies, you’re likely to come across small vials of essential oils and products regaling their cure-all properties. From eliminating nausea to decreasing anxiety, essential oils have been used for generations as folk remedies but are now all the rage. Many people claim to benefit from their use, so it’s no surprise these oils are fast becoming accepted for medicinal use among pets.

Essential oils and pets may be touted as an effective alternative to pharmaceuticals, but are they entirely safe? The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants to help pet owners become more knowledgeable about essential oils and the possible danger they can pose to our animal friends.


What to Know Before Adopting a Rescue Dog

adopting a rescue dogIf you’ve decided to open your home to a dog, congratulations! Owning a pet is a big responsibility, but if you’re able to provide the time, energy, and care, you and your new dog will be so happy together.

At this point, you’ve already analyzed your lifestyle and expectations to find the right breed. Choosing a rescue dog can eliminate some of the guesswork and may just be the perfect match for you.


When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue Among Veterinary Professionals

compassion fatigueThe depth of love we feel for our animal friends is both astounding and understandable. Our pets fill our homes with joy, laughter, and an incredible bond unlike any other. So, it’s not unusual to feel grief and loss when we must say goodbye to a cherished pet.

For those whose lives are focused on caring for animals, the likelihood of being exposed to these feelings, as well as the day-to-day toll of taking care of terminally ill or sick pets, can be detrimental to well being. Compassion fatigue among veterinary professionals is common but often not discussed. Those on the frontlines of pet health care, such as shelter works, veterinarians and technicians, and caretakers for gravely ill pets, are all at risk of exhaustion and depression.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants to explore ways to better cope with grief, loss, and other strong feelings in response to caring for pets. It’s our way of supporting those who understand this unique but common situation.