The problem is that despite what CSI and other TV shows might tell you, there is no single test for all possible toxins. Testing for even just a few possible things can easily run into the hundreds of dollars, and many things pets get exposed to cannot even be tested for at all! In addition, some things are not directly toxic to pets at typical doses - but pets don't often know when to stop so they ingest way more than would ever be safe for them.
This is why it is SO important to keep all possible toxic items out of the reach of your pets. Just SOME of the things we have treated pets for in the past include owner's prescription medications, various over-the-counter medications, human food items containing xylitol, paint balls, and rat and mouse poison.
The most important trend lately that is a danger to pets is illicit drugs. We all understand most illicit drugs and hopefully most households do not have them sitting around where pets can ingest them. However, CBD-containing products are more and more widely available and are suddenly becoming commonplace in people's homes. They are at the forefront of the drug debate these days, but that does not make them safe for your pet. They are still illegal at the federal level in most cases, and there is no oversight on the companies that make them - so each batch, and even each different bottle can contain widely varying levels of CBD, ranging from dangerously high levels to sometimes none at all. In addition, CBD-containing products directly interfere the metabolism of many commonly used prescription medications and supplements, which turns those commonly used things into things that can be toxic at even the usually-utilized dosing levels. CBD products and their interactions are being researched, but they cannot be recommended until there is more control over the production standards.
The take home message is that the safest place for anything not directly prescribed to your pet is out of reach and locked up! And if you think your pet has gotten into something, or you're not sure if your pet should take something - call us!
We realize many of our clients are looking to purchase food and medication online for their pets these days. As promised, we have opened our online pharmacy that can ship food and medication directly to your front door! The prices and deals are great, your orders are automatically input directly into our computer system, most items qualify for free shipping, and you can set the deliveries to AutoShip so you don’t have to worry about ever running out. Check it out at 4103746522.vetstores.com, or follow the ORDER ONLINE link from our home page.
The veterinary toxicology specialists at Pet Poison Helpline have seen a 100 percent increase in the number of calls from concerned pet owners about the potential misuse of common cleaning items including hand sanitizer, bleach and wipes on or near their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They made a helpful video for pet owners that can be viewed HERE.
The Pet Poison Helpline provides an inexpensive and invaluable reference service for both pet owners and their veterinarians in the case of toxic exposures. We use them every year to help guide the treatment of poisoned pets. You can also call them directly, 24-7 if your pet gets into something. They are available at 800-213-6680.
The wonderful team at Bridgeworks Construction is making great progress for us, and our new facility is really coming together. We will keep you updated about our expected move-in date later this summer!
We have all been there - the creepy, crawly feeling when you are petting your dog or cat and you feel the unmistakable blip of a tick pass under your fingers. It's spring - and we know they'll be out there! The removal of ticks can be a pain, but if done properly you will minimize complications secondary to tick attachment and reduce the risk to your family.
COVID-19 has turned a lot of us into internet and connectivity specialists on the spot, but there are still folks out there who have issues making technology do what they need it to do! Don't worry - if that's you - you're not alone.
One of the issues we are seeing families have right now has to do with when they try to send us pictures of issues their pets are having. We often receive pictures of pets via email and Facebook. The problem is that many times we cannot even tell which end of the pet the picture is of, or if it is even a picture of a pet at all! Follow these pointers to help get pictures that will clearly identify what is going on for us. It will help expedite our response to you, and improve our understanding of your situation!
The better the image quality we get, the more valuable our response will be! The best bet is to take a lot of photos, check them over, and then send the best ones you have.
Manchester Veterinary Services
Julie Baker, DVM
Jeff Callahan, DVM
Jan Wimer, DVM
Kelsey Smith, DVM
Gabby Leather, DVM
4175 Hanover Pike Suite A
Manchester, MD 21102
Call us - 410-374-6522
Text - 410-498-8471
Fax - 410-857-8534
Hours of Operation
Services by Appointment Except for Emergencies
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We are located on Route 30 in Manchester, just north of Tracey's Mill Road and Piper's Gas Station.