Pot and Pets: Is Marijuana Safe for Muffin?

Pot and pets.

As a Californian, you are likely familiar with marijuana and its medical benefits. It has been legal for medical purposes since 1996 and for recreational use since 2018. With many residents using it, it is only natural for pet owners to wonder if it is safe for their animals. MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital has all the answering to your burning questions about pot and pets. 

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Pet Safety Spotlight: Xylitol and Your Dog

El Dorado dog eating peanut butter without Xylitol.

There are definitely things in your home from which you need to protect your pet. Chocolate, rat poison, and the like are well known for being toxic. Some pet poisons are a little less obvious, though. 

Xylitol is a lesser-known hazard that all pet parents should know about. Get ready to up your pet safety game with MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital

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Pet Wellness Through the Lens of Prevention

Pet wellness.

It used to be that animals received veterinary care only when sick or injured. Perhaps unsurprisingly, pet mortality rates were much higher than they are today. Modern pet ownership hinges on staying in front of health problems related to age, breed, and lifestyle. Routine pet wellness exams coupled with preventive practices are extremely effective at keeping animals safe, healthy, and happy for many years. MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants to help build a strong foundation for your best friend so they can live with you for as long as possible.

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Veterinary Appointments: Choose Courtesy & Cancel Over No-Show

A dog on his way to a veterinary appointment.

At MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital, we want to help all our furry patients stay healthy and happy for their lifetimes. Our world has changed, and that change has affected most aspects of our daily lives, including our schedules. Veterinarians across the country are experiencing increased appointment requests, which makes it more difficult to get an appointment when you need one.

We know that sometimes you get in a hurry, or your plans change, and you forget to cancel your veterinary appointment. All of our pet patients would like to remind you that maybe they could use that unclaimed appointment, which is why it is so important to let us know if you cannot make it to a scheduled appointment time.

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What to Know About Pet Emergency Preparedness

Pet emergency preparedness: A man saves a dog during an emergency.

Wildfires, earthquakes, and flooding round out the natural disasters we potentially face in El Dorado County, but there are human-caused threats to safety, as well. Sometimes we have enough warning to make sound decisions. But more often than not, disasters strike when we least expect them to. It’s ideal to be ready with the necessary supplies and strategies to keep your pet safe. With our tips for pet emergency preparedness, you’ll be well-equipped for anything that comes your way.

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What’s the Cause of Anxiety in Pets?

Anxiety in pets: an anxious dog hides behind a curtain.

At first glance it may seem that there is little for your pet to be worried about. They have a warm, safe home, a steady source of food, and a person that loves them very much. Anxiety in pets is a very real phenomenon, though, and MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital wants you to know how to recognize this and help your pet.

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Avoiding the Danger (Noodle) Zone

A dog and his human avoid danger noodles.

Sneks, tube dudes, and nope ropes are plentiful in Northern California, but most of them are relatively harmless. Danger noodles and shake sneks, however, have hurt juice at the ready and they’ll use it if you, your doggo, or your kitteh get too close. The best way to stay out of harm’s way is to avoid the danger noodle zone, but sometimes these stealthy sneks sneak up on you and give you a boop full of hurt juice before you can react. These tips from your friends at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital can help you keep your distance from danger noodles:

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Loud Noises? How to Calm Your Pet’s Anxiety

El Dorado Hills pet with anxiety

They try to hide in your shirt, and you don’t know why they’re so clingy. Wait for it: yep, here comes a thunderstorm.

Younger dogs are generally not affected by the sounds of a storm. As pets age, they may learn to expect scary loud cracks and rumbles from lightning strikes. When they hear thunder or see flashes of light from lightning or fireworks, the anticipation of what’s to come can set up an anxiety response.

You are the safety captain for animals in your house. They look to you when they’re scared. If you jump, they’ll jump. Sometimes you just can’t help but react to loud noises, and neither can they. Understand that the fear is real and learn how to help calm your pet’s anxiety.

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What to Know About Microchipping Your Pet

El Dorado Hills dog microchipped.

Microchipping is just one element of pet ownership that gives pet owners a semblance of control in unexpected situations. Not a substitute for physical identification tags, microchips add a layer of protection in the case of a lost or missing pet. If you’ve ever wondered about microchipping your pet, we’ve got all the answers for you here:

Pets on the Run

Undoubtedly, many cats and dogs will not willfully take off on their own. Unfortunately, it does happen occasionally.Pets get curious about something they see, hear or smell and take off in hot pursuit. Their intention isn’t to stay away from home, but sometimes they get picked up, or become disoriented about their location. If the right opportunity arises, even a strictly indoor cat might just feel the need to explore. How do you begin to find your pet once they’ve left your property?

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Does the Rattlesnake Vaccine Belong in Your Pet Vaccine Arsenal?

The goal of pet wellness is, of course, to keep your pet well. There are many things that go into this regiment, such as pet wellness examinations, parasite prevention, and screening testing. Of course, another large part of keeping our patients at MarketPlace Veterinary Hospital healthy is pet vaccines.

Just as in people, though, not every vaccination is needed or even recommended for every pet. Our veterinary staff works to assess each individual patient to come up with personalized recommendations based on lifestyle and other risk factors. One of the pet vaccines that is most variable is the rattlesnake vaccine. Understanding why we might recommend it can help you to make the best decision for your furry friend.

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