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Items That Are Toxic to Pets

canva photo of dog and toxic food
Each year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) compiles its data from the calls they receive about pets exposed to toxins and releases the Top 10 categories of potential poisons. APCC is available to support veterinarians treating pets for suspected poisonings and can be reached on their 24-hour hotline (888) 426-4435.

Be sure to keep these items out of your pets' reach.

Collars or Harnesses?


Why Harnesses?

The area around a dog’s throat is one of the most vulnerable parts of their body. Research finds that when a dog pulls, or the leash is jerked, the pressure exerted on a dog’s neck by a flat collar is enough to risk damage to the dog’s neck. 

Cat Declawing and Alternatives

What is Declawing?

Declawing is an unnecessary and expensive surgery that fewer vets are willing to perform and some states have banned. It is the amputation of the last bone of each toe and severing of tendons. Declawing alters the way a cat walks, their balance, and their ability to jump. For comparison, it would be like cutting our finger off at the first knuckle. 

Why do I need to vaccinate my puppy or kitten?

Why do I need to vaccinate my puppy or kitten?

by Paul Chapin, DVM
Puppies and kittens need vaccinations, just like children, to protect them from many dangerous, infectious diseases. When puppies and kittens are born, their immune systems have not fully developed yet and they are unable to fight off infections on their own. Fortunately, they receive temporary immunity from their mother through normal nursing.

Gastric Dilation-Volvulus

Gastric Dilatation (GD) or “Bloat” is a condition in dogs where the stomach becomes dilated and distended due to the accumulation of gas or fluid. The abdomen is generally distended and uncomfortable, but the condition is easily treated by emptying the stomach. This is a much less serious condition than the main topic here, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV), in which the stomach fills with gas or fluid then flips on itself, trapping the gas and/or fluid inside. 

St. George Mobile Clinic

Spaying and neutering your pets is the best way to curb the pet overpopulation problem and prevent homeless animals from entering the shelter system. The Humane Society of Utah opened its nonprofit spay/neuter clinic in 1962, and since that time, we’ve performed hundreds of thousands of sterilization surgeries. We currently average over 10,000 dog and cat spay and neuter operations each year. There is a critical demand for help in the Washington County, Utah area.