Monthly Archives: June 2011

Cocoa Bean Mulch Is Toxic To Dogs

June 29, 2011
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Cocoa bean mulch is the product left over from the roasting of the cocoa bean.  Lately, some landscapers have used it as an environmentally friendly garden mulch.  Cocoa mulch contains theobromines which is the same toxin that is in chocolate.  However, it is found in much higher concentrations in cocoa bean mulch.  Dogs seem to find...

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Lily Plants Can Be Toxic

June 20, 2011
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Lily Plants Can Be Toxic

Over the last few years the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has documented many cases of kidney failure in cats that ingested parts of a Lily Plant. A toxic substance in these plants causes the kidney tissue to stop working.  Without aggressive treatment, these cats die of uremic poisoning. The plants associated with this syndrome...

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Pregnancy And The Family Cat

June 14, 2011
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No! You do not have to give up your cat if you are expecting or planning to get pregnant.  Misconceptions abound in regards to this subject.  The disease of concern is called Toxoplasmosis.  “Toxo” is an internal parasite of many warm blooded animals.  The toxo organism completes its life cycle in only the cat.  Toxo...

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Dogs Can Die From Eating Sugar Free Gum

June 6, 2011
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Yes, this can happen!  Xylitol is a sugar substitute sweetener used in candy, sugar- free  chewing gum, and foods.  It is also being included in  some toothpastes.  Dogs that accidentally ingest  the xylitol in these products suffer severe life threatening consequences and can die without emergency veterinary medical treatment. The immediate effect of ingestion is to...

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Grapes and Raisins are Poisonous to Dogs!!

June 3, 2011
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Over the past few years the National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) has documented numerous cases of sudden kidney failure caused by the ingestion of grapes or raisins by dogs.  There appears to be a substance in the flesh of the grape that is harmful to the kidneys.  Not all dogs are susceptible but those...

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Ribbon Cutting

June 2, 2011
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Ribbon Cutting

Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital Ribbon Cutting The Hoffman Estates Animal Hospital has a new location at 35 S Barrington Road, South Barrington, IL. On June 1, 2011 Dr. Jeff House officially cut the ribbon at the new location. The support from both the Hoffman Estates and Barrington Area Chambers of Commerce was greatly appreciated...

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