As the holiday season approaches, thoughts of pumpkin pies, gingerbread houses and sugar plum ferries occupy a lot of our free time. I’ve heard many people joke about going into a diabetic coma after taking in too much sugar. You may not realize that, although it’s not quite as straightforward as that, our canine and feline family members too can have serious consequences from an imbalance in blood sugar levels.
By Emilio E. DeBess, DVM, MPVM, State Public Health Veterinarian, Oregon Department of Human Services
FDA warns about feeding your pet a raw-food diet
In a new study, compared to other types of pet food tested, raw pet food was more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria, the FDA said “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet owners about feeding their animals raw diets, warning that those who do may have a higher risk of getting infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.”
It’s that time of year when all of us start seeing more mushrooms around. The combination of sun, rain, and increased organic material on the ground is perfect for fungal growth. This year in particular has been very good for mushrooms in the Pacific Northwest and those mushroom hunters who know what they are doing, have had a banner year. However, the conditions that make for amazing edible chanterelles, also lead to more of the poisonous variety as well.
As the fall sets in, I always feel that I really want to eat more. The colder weather means we are inside, closer to the kitchen. I find I’m baking more and thinking about desserts for upcoming holidays. As we eat more, and spend more time in the kitchen, our furry companions tend to join us and they know just how to meet our eyes, do tricks and convince us, that they too need a little extra something yummy.
Dogs and cats eat many of the same things we do but they metabolize both foods and drugs differently than humans. Cats, in particular, have different metabolic pathways in their livers, which mean that some drugs that are safe for people or dogs are very dangerous for them. Following are five (5) common items which can be potentially deadly to your pet.
Bela Bean, aka the Bean, Bean Machine, A.G. (Almost Good), Baby Bean, Belly Bean, Mountain Dog, etc!), is a cute black lab who enjoys most food but particularly chicken jerky treats. Her favorite activities are swimming, playing Frisbee, hiking, and playing chase with her niece and nephew. She is one of the happiest dogs and is an incorrigible kisser, but sometimes life is just too exciting and she has a hard time not jumping on people of pulling on her leash.
Scout, Scoutie, Scoutalicious, is a pitbull who is white with a brown spot on his left ear. He loves to eat steak, rice, and really anything except vegetables! His favorite activities are playing Frisbee, playing with his Chuck-it, and chasing squirrels. Scout has a bright smile and enjoys snuggling, but snores like an old man. He is playful and loves everyone. Scout is special because he is a lover. He might be big and some people are scared of him, but he is all love all the time. He donates blood because if he can help others he will in any way possible.
Oliver, aka Ollie, Boo Boo, Little Dude, Little Doody, is a white and tan pit bull mix that was rescued from a high-kill shelter in California. He enjoys salmon treats, cheese, blood donor liver treats, and chewing on antlers. Oliver likes to take long sniffy walks and enjoys playing with his big sister Sandy. Deep down Oliver is a mama’s boy who loves to snuggle on the couch and sleep under the covers. His one bad habit is he barks at other dogs who are minding their own business. Oliver is special because he has too many freckles to count!
I think many people dread taking their cat to the veterinarian. Cats often do not like their carriers. They may yowl in the car and then either be scared or become small lions when they arrive. It often seems like maybe these visits aren’t so important. However, vaccines and annual wellness checks are very important; both for your cat’s long term well being and for you and your family.
Much is known about common toxins for pets like chocolate, ethylene glycol, and grapes or raisins. Macadamia nuts and onions (or garlic) are two toxicities that can be difficult to diagnose as their symptoms can closely mirror other more common problems.