- Tea Tree Oil - Application of concentrated tea tree oil to the skin or oral exposure is considered moderately to severely toxic and may be life-threatening to pets. Symptoms include vomiting, weakness, incoordination, seizures, liver toxicity and coma in cats and dogs. Even lower concentrations can cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.
- Garlic and Onion - Ingestion of these foods from the Allium family by dogs or cats can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, collapse and anemia, as well as possible increased bleeding tendencies at surgery.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) - Found in many supplements, ALA can cause hypoglycemia, seizures and liver toxicity in pets at higher doses.
- Aloe - When ingested, aloe in its various forms can result in vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and rarely tremors.
- Ephedra / Ma Huang - Found in some weight loss products and herbal decongestants, this stimulant can cause hyperactivity, racing heart rate, fever, tremors, seizures and death from cardiovascular collapse.
- White Willow Bark - Typically used for its possible anti-inflammatory effects, this herb contains salicylates which are particularly toxic to cats. It can also have dangerous interactions with anti-inflammatory medications and heart medications that are prescribed to pets.
- Pennyroyal Oil - While considered a pest / flea repellant, this oil is extremely toxic to pets if ingested and can cause vomiting, difficulty breathing, liver toxicity and death.
- Marijuana and Cannabinoids - Ingestion of any formulation and/or inhalation of smoke from marijuana may result in hypothermia, incoordination, seizures, coma and even death. Safe dosing of marijuana and its various formulations has not been determined for cats and dogs.
Congratulations to Westgate Pet Clinic for winning "Best Veterinarian in Edina" for 2018! A special thank-you to all of our dedicated clients that voted for us. Words cannot express how much we value and appreciate you and your "furry children". Also, thank you to Edina Magazine for including us in their 2018 "Best Of" issue.