One of the more common questions we get asked as our pets age, is when to decide when it’s time for humane euthanasia. First off, I’d like to say there are many right answers to this question. A number of things are taken into account when looking at quality of life. You know your pet best-what makes your pet themselves? Does Fido love playing ball? Does Fifi lives to eat? Does Spot have to be in the room with you at all times? If your pet is not able to do these things anymore or is not interested in doing them anymore, it might be time. Important things to consider are whether the pet is still eating, able to get around, and interacting with the family. They may be slower than they used to be, and maybe a walk around the block instead of a mile long walk is all they can do, but if they can’t get around on their own this can significantly impact their quality of life. Nutrition is an important consideration, and if they aren’t eating on their own this can be a major red flag. Most pets live to eat, and this is often one of the main reasons clients choose to euthanize. An examination may be recommended […]Learn More
A new danger is presenting itself to our pets and it’s one that is not very obvious. Xylitol, a sugar alcohol found in many products, can be extremely toxic to our pets such as dogs and ferrets. It is a natural product, so it can be found in items that are listed as natural or organic, and may even be listed as a natural sweetener. Xylitol is not toxic to humans, but can cause severe and even fatal issues in our dogs. In quantities as low as 0.1 gram per kilogram of body weight (which is about 0.01 oz per pound), it can cause hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. This means that a 10 lb dog could eat as little as one mint or one piece of gum and show symptoms of hypoglycemia. Symptoms of this include staggering or “drunk” walking, drooling, appearing disoriented, weakness, collapsing, seizures, or even death. At doses of 0.5 gram per kilogram of body weight (roughly equal to 0.04 oz per pound), a more serious issue occurs-liver damage, which can lead to liver failure and death. Signs of liver damage can include changes in appetite, vomiting, jaundice or yellowing of the skin, eyes, and gums. Because it is non toxic to humans, it is often used in various […]Learn More
Heritage Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinarian clinic that provides examinations, diagnostic services, dental care, surgical services, medicine, grooming and boarding services in Maple Grove, Minnesota. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of pet care possible and facilitating an environment where client communication and education are at the forefront of our practice.
12624 Base Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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