Beware the Amanitin mushroom in Michigan - Amanita phalloides, known as "death cap" or "death angel" and Amanita ocreata, known as "destroying angel", are the species most commonly... (more)
Pet Poisoning: Signs and Symptoms - Ingested, inhaled or absorbed poison substances can cause a wide range of symptoms such as: mouth irritation skin rash lethargy vomiting diarrhea lack... (more)
Torn or Broken Toenail - The most effective solution to stop bleeding is Quick Stop (steptic powder). This product can be purchased at a pet store. If you do not have access to the... (more)
Rectal Temperature for Cats and Dogs - Taking an animal's rectal temperature is the best way to know if your pet has a fever or is in hypothermia. To take a proper temperature reading... (more)
Respiratory Rate for Cats and Dogs - Technique Observe chest motion or place a wet finger or pocket mirror over the nares. Count the rate over 15 seconds and multiply by 4 Dogs Puppies... (more)
Normal Heart Rate for Cats and Dogs - The heart rate can be taken by locating the animal's pulse along the femoral artery (inner thigh) or under the arm. Here are typical ranges for... (more)
Color of Gums - A bright healthy pink color of the gums indicates good blood circulation and oxygenation. Technique: Lift your pet's upper or lower lip and observe the color of the... (more)
Dehydration - Dehydration can easily occur if an animal has been vomiting or has diarrhea. Grasp the skin between the shoulder blades - it should bounce back upon releasing the skin... (more)