Cedar Pet Clinic Blog

FROM OUR VETS: Human medications that poison pets

(Extracted and summarized from an article by Ahna Brutlag, DVM, for the Pet Poison Helpline)

Pet poisonings from human medications can happen. Dogs can chew into pill bottles, packages can be mixed up; both over-the-counter and prescription human meds can make your dog very very sick. If you think your pet has ingested human medications – or any poisonous substance -- call us at once. (Our website carries contact information for the Animal Emergency Clinic for after-hours help.)
Here are the top ten human medications that pets ingest:

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Q: What do Brownie, Caramel, Chestnut, Frito, Oreo, Honey, Lambchop, JuJu Bee, Chestnut, and Chip have in Common?

A.  They are all guinea pigs who are cared for by the doctors of Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo!  As animal-lovers, we pay attention to, and enjoy, the inventive names of our visitors.  dreamstime xs 15142070Some of our favorite pets are named after foods of various kinds;  for example, we take care of rabbits named Pickle, Muffin, Licorice, Marshmallow, Cracker, Cream Puff, Cookie Dough, and Skittles.  Birds of various kinds in our practice are named Chilly Pepper, Cheeto, Cheerio, Jello, Taco, and Kiwi.  And how about a tortoise named Cupcake?  A turtle called Pumpkin?  (We also care for a snake named Pumpkin, and an iguana by the same name!)  Did we mention the chinchilla named Chili?  The rat named Carrot?  And that's not even looking at our dog and cat visitors -- Bagel, Bean, Ribs, Kit Kat, Mango...well, you get the idea.  And one of our clinic cats is a Snickers! 


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Cat Facts

We were interested to read some material from Darlene Arden's new book The Complete Cat's Meow. Here's a sample of fun facts about your favorite feline.

1. A domestic cat can run about 31 mph. (!)iStock 000021707847XSmall
2. Cats walk on their toes, which probably accounts for their graceful movements. In ballet there is a step called pas de chat -- the cat step. It's a little jump to the side.
3. Your cat will only respond to catnip if she has the catnip gene. Not every cat is born with this gene, and it doesn't show up right away, so don't expect a young kitty to respond to catnip the way an older one will.
4. Thirty-two muscles control a cat's outer ear, and he can rotate it ten times faster than a dog. In fact kitty can rotate each ear 180 degrees.
5. Cats have scent glands in their cheeks, so if your cat rubs against you she is "marking" you as hers. She really does love you. She'll also mark furniture and clothing this way. Everything she likes is hers. It's also her way of leaving her "mark" to say that she was there.
6. Cat whiskers are extremely sensitive. They not only help the cat locate where she is in the dark, but how the cat moves them is an indicator of the cat's feelings at any given time. The top two rows of whiskers can move independently of the bottom two rows.
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After-Hours Emergencies

After Hours Veterinary Care
1014 Dale Street North
St. Paul, MN 55117
(Inside Como Park Animal Hospital just north of downtown St. Paul)
24-hour care for multiple species

Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1163 Helmo Avenue N
Oakdale, MN 55128


Animal Emergency & Referral Center of MN
1542 7th St. W.
St. Paul, MN 55012
(located 2 blocks east of 35E)