Fall Pet Foreign Objects: Avoiding an Awful Autumn

The changing of the leaves, the cooler weather, and the familiar smell of a bonfire are  welcome signs of the season for many. For pets this also means more time enjoying the outdoors due to the wonderful temperatures.

When your pet heads outside this autumn, Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates wants to be sure that you are cognizant of potential hazards that may be lurking in the gorgeousness that is Michigan. Fall pet foreign objects are a real danger for curious critters, but by knowing what you need to avoid you can ensure an awesome autumn.

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Expert Advice: How to Remove a Tick From Your Pet

It's important to remove a tick the proper way to avoid tick-borne illness in pets

You may not think of autumn or winter as tick season, but here in Beverly Hills, ticks never seem to be dormant for long. It only takes one warm day and they’re active, ready to bite you or your dog. Tick prevention is important of course, and so is knowing how to safely remove a tick. Below, we’ll share our best tips, as well as some tick removal myths to avoid.

The Tick Problem

We all know that tick bites are painful and uncomfortable. But did you know that ticks also transmit serious and debilitating disease to animals and people alike? The tick species in our area are all capable of transmitting disease, but they need to be attached for 24-48 hours to do so. This makes removing them quickly very important component of preventing tick borne diseases.

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Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Dinner and Pets

Be careful when mixing Thanksgiving dinner and pets, as it could lead to pet pancreatitis

Thanksgiving is the holiday of gratitude and spending time pondering the things we are blessed with in our lives. Among the top of our list of things to be grateful for: our pets, of course!

With 70% of pet owners considering their pets to be family, we’re sure you’re including your pets in the holiday festivities. But should this include sharing in the holiday meal?

Feeding pets from your plate is more of a problem than you might think. In addition to adding more fat and calories than they need, fatty foods and an abrupt change in diet can cause any number of issues for our pets – including GI upset, foreign body obstruction, and a painful and potentially fatal condition called pancreatitis.

Here, Beverly HIlls Veterinary Associates explores what’s safe and what’s not safe about Thanksgiving dinner and pets.

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