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Poisonous Plants for Pets

This list contains plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in poisonous plants for pets lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, please call us.  To see the list, which was compiled by the ASPCA, go to:

The Yellow Dog Project Starts at TVH

We are always looking for ways to improve your dog's visit to Trooper Vet.  We have a number of canine pet patients who are:

  • ♦ not huge fans of other dogs (either scared or reactive toward other dogs)
  • ♦ not feeling well (sick or in rehabilitation)
  • ♦ in training/working dogs (service dogs, therapy dogs)
  • ♦ potentially contagious

Because of this, we are instituting "The Yellow Dog Project" in our hospital.  If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on his/her leash, this is a dog who NEEDS SOME SPACE.  Please do not approach these yellow ribbon dogs either by yourself or with your dog.  Maintain a respectable distance or give this dog and his owner time to move out of your way.  If you have a dog that needs space for whatever reason, there is a basket of yellow ribbons on our counter where you check your dog in for his visit.  Please take a ribbon when you check in and tie it on your dog's leash.  We are hoping that this helps not only the pet patients wearing the ribbon, but also the dogs who are excited to try and meet these yellow ribbon dogs.  We want all of our patients to be as safe and comfortable as possible and sometimes that means keeping dogs separated from each other.  If you have any questions about this program, please give us a call.

(Thanks to The Yellow Dog Project for this graphic!

Holiday Pet Hazards Can Cost Big Bucks!

We might sound like a broken record with our posts on pet hazards and pet safety around the holidays, but you can't be too careful.  Nationwide pet insurance has shared a handy infographic on the treatment costs associated with holiday hazards.  You might be surprised to see that a ingested length of ribbon averages over $1600 in medical treatment costs!  Avoid a holiday trip to the vet for these common hazards…and happy holidays!!  For more information, visit Nationwide at


Provided by Nationwide pet insurance

Thanksgiving Tips!

We thank the AMVA for the following Thanksgiving tips!  Click the link following these tips for even more information on precautions to take when hosting parties and traveling with pets!


Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.

Poison Risks

Overindulging in the family feast can be unhealthy for humans, but even worse for pets: Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest. Poultry bones can damage your pet’s digestive tract. And holiday sweets can contain ingredients that are poisonous to pets.

  • Keep the feast on the table—not under it.  Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.

  • No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.

  • Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.

  • Put the trash away where your pets can’t find it.  A turkey carcass sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is open or easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of turkey carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door).

  • Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.

  • Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

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Thanksgiving Dog Begging

Summer Safety Tips

Our friends at AAHA have recommendations for keeping your pets safe in the summer months!  Check out the information below.


Summer is a time to enjoy being outside. It’s also a time to be aware of the impacts heat, sun, insects, and many other things have on our pets. We have the ability to control some of the environments we are in, but our pets don’t. You know the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing things from happening is better, safer, and less costly than treating something after it happens. The following are preventive suggestions that can help you and your pets enjoy time outside.

Prevent dehydration and overheating by drinking plenty of water. The best prevention is to drink before you feel thirsty so access to fresh water is vital. Pets who don’t have access to water are more likely to drink whatever they can find, including water from puddles on the street or in a yard, which may be contaminated and contain antifreeze or other toxic chemicals. Have clean water available for your pets at all times, and, if they’re outside, make sure the water is changed frequently and kept in the shade.

Prevent overheating and heat exhaustion. NEVER leave your pet in your car, even for a few minutes, in the summer. Temperatures can reach 120 degrees in minutes, even with the windows down. Plan walks with your pet in the early morning or evening after dark. And don’t forget about their paws. If you can’t walk barefoot on the sidewalk, they shouldn’t be either. Try to find grassy and/or shaded areas to walk, if possible. If your pet is accustomed to being indoors in air conditioning, they are more susceptible to the heat and humidity. And outdoor pets need a safe, dry, and comfortable place to lay down in the shade, as well as plenty of clean, cool water to drink. Heat stroke is a medical emergency—if you suspect it, get your pet to the closest veterinarian immediately.

Prevent accidents from happening in the dark. If you walk your dog after dark, consider using things like a reflective collar and leash, a light on their collar, or a flashlight. There are many products that attach to collars or leashes to help light the way—it’s safer for both you and your dog.  Outdoor cats should also have reflective collars, and consider keeping a bell or some kind of noise device on their collars to alert birds of their presence. 

Prevent sunburn by applying sunscreen. Pets can get sunburned and develop skin cancer just like people. Pets at higher risk are those with light-colored fur and skin. Protect your pet’s skin by using a sunscreen designed specifically for faces on exposed skin areas, including the tips of the ears, the nose, and around the lips.

Prevent flea and tick bites. Flea bites can cause anemia, and tick bites can cause diseases like Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Within 5 minutes of getting on an animal, fleas and ticks will start feeding and reproducing. Using a monthly preventive medication for fleas and ticks helps protect your pet and also limits your exposure to these pests and the diseases they carry. Flea and tick products are made specifically for either dogs or cats and are not the same. Talk to your veterinarian about which preventive medications for fleas, ticks, and heartworm are right for your pet.

Prevent heartworm in dogs and cats. Heartworm disease is caused by mosquito bites, and it only takes one bite for a pet to become infected. Heartworm disease can cause permanent damage to the heart and lungs and, in severe cases, it can even cause death. Monthly preventive will help your pet avoid heartworms, and many of these preventives also protect against intestinal parasites and fleas.

Prevent loss by having your pet microchipped. Summer offers more outdoor time and opportunities for pets to become separated from us.  Microchips are an inexpensive and easy way to help find your pet in the event you are separated. Be sure to keep your information updated in the registry so that if someone finds your pet they’ll know how to reach you.

Doing a few things to prevent problems, accidents, and injuries is the best way to keep your pet safe during the summer months. But accidents can happen. Be sure to have your veterinarian’s phone number and the phone number and address of the closest emergency veterinarian programmed into your phone.

Pixel keeps cool (and wears her goggles) in the pool.

Pixel keeps cool (and wears her goggles) in the pool.

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