When you bring home a four-legged creature in your house, there is a lot of responsibility that is going to add to your shoulders. They are just like your children and what can be good and bad for their health is something that you should know.
To find out what are some of these shortcomings, Reddit user u/mrktx21 uploaded a question to r/AskReddit: “Veterinarians of Reddit: What is one thing you wish people would know/understand about their pet?” This post instantly became viral and got any upvotes. Let’s see what answers we got from it.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty has decided to share a few tips with pet owners to celebrate Valentine’s Week. Turns out, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center saw a 30% increase in calls during the week of Valentine’s Day last year when compared to other weeks. So, they decided to talk about products that act as toxins for your animals and should be kept away from them.
First, xylitol. “Many types of gums, candies, and even peanut butter listed as ‘sugar-free’ can contain the sugar substitute xylitol, an ingredient that can cause hypoglycemia in dogs and lead to other severe conditions such as liver damage and even death,” ASPCA told Hiptoro.
Next, chocolate. “Make sure to keep pets away from the chocolate – light, and dark. Methylxanthines are caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic, and cardiac function—they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate.”
Nutty Monkey. You’ll need: frozen bananas, peanut butter (without Xylitol, of course!), and plain yogurt.
Step 1: Place one spoonful of peanut butter into the puzzle toy. Holding it upright, tap the bottom against the countertop until the peanut butter drops to the bottom;
Step 2: Place a frozen banana chunk into the toy; push and force if needed. Then place one more spoonful of peanut butter and tap again until it drops further in;
Step 3: Top with 1-2 spoonfuls of plain yogurt, then 1 last spoonful of peanut butter.
Caring for a pet is something we learn all our lives. But we need to know the fundamentals. For comprehensive pet grooming guides, nutrition information, safety tips, and more, visit ASPCA.