Startling Facts

  • As little as five teaspoons of antifreeze can kill a 10-pound dog and one and a half teaspoons can kill a 10-pound cat.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be fatal to cats, which lack the necessary enzymes to detoxify and break down this drug the following ingestion, resulting in dangerous byproducts that damage blood cells and tissue.
  • Ninety percent of a hit by car accidents occur in unneutered male dog and cats.
  • Tuna fish can cause serious heart disease in cats.
  • Approximately 25% to 30% of family pets suffer from arthritis, which is the most common source of chronic pain treated by veterinarians and the most common musculoskeletal disorder in older dogs and cats.
  • Spaying your cat or dog before her first heat cycle will decrease her chance of developing breast cancer to almost zero!
  • People take aspirin and garlic every day without ill effect, but both can be toxic to pets and even cause death if used inappropriately.
  • A recent study found that raisins and grapes can lead to kidney failure in pets.
  • Most of the substances allowed for sale as human dietary supplements are not legally permitted to be sold for animals.
  • According to the Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer accounts for nearly half of all deaths in cats and dogs over 10 years of age.