HealthLinks Charleston May/June 2022

www. Char l es tonPhys i c i ans . com | www.Hea l thL i nksChar l es ton . com | 99 24 hour Er at Both locations 843.216.7554 24 hr EMERGENCY Board Certified Specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery, Dentistry, Neurology 24 hr EMERGENCY Board Certified Specialists in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Surgery 319 E. 3rd North Street Summerville, SC 985 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Mt Pleasant, Sc We offer the highest quality specialized medical and surgical care available for your pets. specialty + emergency pet hospital H E A L T H Y P E T H A P P Y P E T HealthLinks is proud to have BluePearl Charleston as our official sponsor of our Healthy Pet; Happy Pet section. BluePearl Charleston provides around-the-clock veterinary services to our pets in need. For more information on BluePearl Charleston, visit online at or in person at 985 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant or 319 E. 3rd North St. in Summerville or call 843-216-7554. THE TOP 10 TOXINS 1. Over-the-counter medications - including ibuprophen and Tylenol; 2. Human prescription medicines; 3. Human foods – including onion, garlic, grapes, raisins and sugarless gum containing xylitol; 4. Chocolate – this treat deserves its own ranking because dogs seem to love it and seek it out – a lot; 5. Bouquets and plants – lilies, daffodils, tulips, hyacinth, oleander and sago palm are among the most dangerous; 6. Household toxicants – cleaning, beauty and household repair items; 7. Rodenticides – Their ingredients attract rodents and also your pets; 8. Veterinary products – Flavored, chewable pills are the worst offenders; 9. Insecticides – Ant sprays, bug sprays and other yard products; 10. Garden products – Fertilizers can be delicious to dogs – and fatal. Source: ASPCA. sago palm, can contaminate their fur and poison them when they groom. “Ingesting lilies,” Dr. Graham cautioned, “can cause acute kidney injury and failure in cats, and even exposure to their pollen can contaminate a cat’s fur and poison them when they groom. That’s why when we take in a cat poisoning case, the first thing we do is give the patient a bath to remove any residual toxin from their fur, something that, if you’ve ever tried it at home, you know to leave to our specialized emergency technicians." “Above all else,” Dr. Graham advised, “remember that if your dog or cat shows symptoms of poisoning, time is of the essence. Quickly determining the poisoning agent and beginning emergency treatment can make the difference between bringing your healthy pet home and having it suffer kidney or liver failure, respiratory distress or even death.”