Poisonous Pantry: Avoid Exposing Your Pet to Household Toxins

Lazy cat lying under the dish drainer in the kitchen
When pet owners think of poisonous substances, they often think of poisons that lurk “out there” and not in the home (e.g., antifreeze that someone else left out).  However, there are many household toxins – some of which may be right under your pet’s nose.

Harmful Household Toxins

Household cleaners are commonly found under the kitchen sink or by the bathroom counter. Similarly, some of the most noxious chemicals are kept on the floor or in an easily accessible space, like under the counter or on a low shelf. A resourceful pet can easily get into these storage areas (sometimes just by accident when a cabinet is left ajar). That’s why it’s a good idea to keep these products behind childproof-type locks. Continue…

The Nature of Knowledge: Dr. Google and Pet Health

BevHills_iStock_000053120748_LargeWe used to rely on relatives and neighbors to learn about new things – not to mention bona fide experts. However, in our media-driven culture, we seek knowledge on a minute-by-minute basis. In the ever-growing sea of online resources, can we find the truth among the never-ending fictional and fallacious websites?

Pet owners are no strangers to the online world. Finding information about your pet is certainly worthwhile, but taking certain medical advice at face value can be detrimental to your pet’s health. Indeed, “Dr. Google” and pet health is a hot topic, and Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates are here to help you navigate the line between fact and fiction. Continue…

Pain In The Jaw? Not With Your Pet’s Dental Care Practices…

Brushing dogs teethImagine one day your pet ravenously devours his or her bowl of food, but the very next day he or she cannot even palate what’s on the menu. Sure, he or she could be tired of the same old offering, but it’s also entirely possible that your pet is suffering from the ill effects of poor dental health. Now you may start to wonder how long that bad breath has been around…Don’t worry, it’s not too late to get your pet’s dental care practices underway, and your team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates are here to help.

Understanding The Basics

Poor dental health (that is, neglecting the teeth and gums) can result in periodontal, or gum, disease. Plaque, caused by high bacteria levels in the mouth, and tartar, also known as calculus, attach to tooth surfaces. When the bacteria from plaque and tartar seep beneath the gums, supporting tissues can be irreversibly damaged, and can even lead to tooth loss. Continue…