Popular Houseplants That are Toxic to Pets

With their simple beauty and…. houseplants make a lovely addition to any home. Not only are they relatively easy to care for, but greenery has been shown to improve indoor air quality. If you have pets, however, it’s important to be aware that many varieties are actually toxic to cats and dogs.

Because we want you to have a gorgeous, and safe, living space, your team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital has done the research and come up with some of the most popular houseplants that are toxic to pets.

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Allergic Reaction or Pet Poisoning? Both are a Pet Emergency!

It’s just another normal day at home when all of a sudden, you start to notice your pet acting a little funny. What’s going on? A closer look at their general appearance and behavior may reveal they’re unwell, but without a concrete understanding of what’s behind vague symptoms, you’re stumped.

In some cases, you could have a bona fide pet emergency on your hands. Was your pet exposed to something toxic? Are they having a serious allergic reaction to something? The answer may surprise you. Either way, it’s a situation that requires quick thinking and immediate action.

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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.

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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.

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