Tag Archives: Pet Safety

Holiday Pet Safety Tips Your Family Can Rely On

Between seasonal decor, changes in routine, and unexpected guests, the holiday season can be hazardous for curious pets. While dedicated and responsible pet owners strive to create a pet-friendly (if not pet-centric) home environment year-round, it’s important to focus on pet safety during the last few weeks of the year. With our holiday pet safety tactics in place, you can rest assured that you’ll be ringing in the new year with your healthy and happy pet by your side.

Keepin’ it Real

Due to your pet’s steadfast habits, you may already know that he or she is a creature of habit. Meals, bathroom breaks, bedtimes, and walks around the block can be predicted down to the minute, and your pet’s happiness largely depends on anticipating what comes next. Continue reading

Giving Thanks for Our Wonderful Pet Companions

Traditional Stuffed Turkey Holiday Dinner with Vegetables and Pumpkin PieThanksgiving is a time of gratitude – gratitude for all the wonderful moments, comforts, memories, and loved ones. So, naturally, this is the perfect time to also reflect on the many ways our pet companions add joy and meaning to our lives. That’s why the team at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak have compiled some of the reasons pets are so important to us.

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The Danger in Your Backyard: Pets and Sago Palms

Female Sago palm in flowerpotRecently at Pet Medical Center – Chatoak, we have had a few pet patients made sick by the toxic sago palm. We wanted to take this opportunity to be sure that all of our readers recognize the dangers of this common plant and know what to look out for when it comes to pets and sago palms.

Say Hello to Sago

Sago palms are a common part of the landscape here in California, but not everyone knows what they look like. Sago palms grow naturally and can be found in wild landscapes. They are also a commonly utilized ornamental plant, and may even be in your own backyard.

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Protect Your Pet From the Dangers of Foxtails

Closeup of Caucasian Hand in FoxtailsWalking your dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures – until he or she unexpectedly runs through a patch of foxtails. Unfortunately, California foxtails don’t just clump together in small, avoidable pockets. Foxtails seem to be everywhere. From rolling hillsides to mountain trails, the dangers of foxtails should not be underestimated.

Your Worst Nightmare

Why are foxtails so bad? For starters, they’re a member of a group of grasses with needle-like seed heads, commonly referred to as wild barley and ripgut brome. Incredibly resilient, foxtails remain standing even when dry and brittle. This also happens to be the time when they pose the most danger to your pet. Continue reading

Snail Bait Poisoning and Other Spring Pet Safety Reminders


Chatoak_iStock_000035049898_LargeThere is so much to celebrate as winter yields to spring that it’s hard not to do a little happy dance. Inspiration to deep clean your home, start your garden, or head to the trails is not only common, it’s downright abundant during the weeks before Memorial Day.

However, before you get too carried away with this outstanding rush of spring fever it’s a great idea to refresh your spring pet safety tactics. That’s where your friends at Pet Medical Center Chatoak come in… Continue reading

The Deep End: The Truth About Swimming Pools and Pet Safety

Chatoak_iStock_000010972143_LargeThe pool versus lawn debate continues to rage on throughout our fair state, but the basic truth is that California has well over a million (and counting) residential pools that demand to be filled. If this isn’t staggering enough, consider the excessively high numbers of beloved pets that drown in backyard swimming pools each year. Continue reading

Rattlesnakes and Pets: Safety Tips for the Savvy Pet Owner

Chatoak_iStock_000015823910_Large (1)Rattlesnake encounters can be a scary part of living in California. The warmer the weather, after all, the more likely these sneaky snakes are likely to venture out where you may encounter them.

Rattlesnake season in the southern half of the state runs from about April to October; meaning it’s just around the corner. Do you know what to do in the event your or your pet stumble across one? Read on to learn what you need to know about rattlesnakes and pets. Continue reading

Planning For Pet Emergencies and Disasters: Pet Safety Precautions

Chatoak_iStock_000009845116_LargeWe are lucky to live in such close proximity to the ocean, the foothills, and the amazing culture that southern California invariably provides. However, our Granada Hills paradise, which is less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles, is not without potential for disasters – natural and man-made.

Earthquakes, landslides, wildfires, and floods are viable threats we endure each year, but there are other types of possible public emergencies that require extra pet safety precautions. Let’s keep Fluffy and Fido safe, no matter what, with the following pet safety precautions. Continue reading

Five Simple Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

iStock_000013625143_MediumHalloween is a time for spooky stories, treat-or-treating, and ghoulish costumes; but it can also be a spooky time for pets, too, especially when we are not prepared. With Halloween’s delicious treats and candy snacks lying around in bowls and bags, it’s no wonder the week leading up to Halloween is one of the busiest times of year for the Pet Poison Helpline and veterinary clinics.

While potential poisoning is a major concern, there are numerous other risks associated with the holiday – from simply being too distracted and leaving our pet unsupervised, to the stress of frequent noise and strangers at the door. Continue reading