Autumn has arrived, and the new season brings new risks to our pets. There are a couple of toxicities or risks for our pets as the weather turns cooler. Chrysanthemums or mums are toxic to our dogs and cats. Symptoms of ingestion can include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, decreased appetite, enlarged pupils, depression, and incoordination. Some pets are also sensitive to contact with the flower on their skin and may develop a rash, itch, or sores. Contact your veterinarian if your pet has ingested a mum and is showing symptoms. There are a variety of mushrooms popping up all over this time of year. Some are completely harmless and will not cause any issues. Others can cause some gastrointestinal tract irritation that may lead to vomiting and diarrhea. More toxic versions can cause hallucinations or liver or kidney failure. Because of the wide variety of mushrooms and the difficulty in identifying them, if your pet ingests a mushroom in your yard you should contact a veterinarian immediately. Hospitalization, inducing vomiting, activated charcoal, fluids, bloodwork, and sometimes even stomach lavage is needed to treat these pets. The sooner treatment begins the better the prognosis, but some mushroom ingestions can be fatal. Signs your dog may have ingested a mushroom can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, […]Learn More
Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for family, but can present some safety concerns for our furry friends. Follow the below tips to make sure your pets are safe this holiday season! Make sure all pets have identification on. Permanent identification such as a microchip is better than a collar, which could get lost. Keep wires and cords for lights and decorations safely out of reach. Carving pumpkins can be great fun, but skip the candles. Pets can be curious or accidentally knock over the pumpkins which could cause them to get burned or cause damage. On the subject of pumpkins, pumpkins and corn are not toxic, but ingesting them can lead to obstructions, so keep pets out of outdoor decorations. Candy such as chocolate or sugar free candies can be toxic to pets, so keep out of their reach. Outdoor cats should be kept inside for a few days before and after Halloween due to the high traffic. Indoor pets and pets in yard should be kept away from doors and gates which could be opened by visitors allowing them to get out and even lost. Unless you know your pet does very well with strange people, people in costumes, and other pets, it might be better for them to […]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
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Sat: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.