Not So Sweet: The Dangers of Xylitol in Pets

Xylitol in pets can be a pet emergency

When you toss a special morsel to your four-legged, it’s important to be sure that your treat of choice is a safe one. Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates knows that it can be challenging to keep track of what you can and can’t feed your pet. Some things, like chocolate, are an obvious pass, while others can be a bit more tricky.

Keep reading to learn all about the dangers of Xylitol in pets and where you might find it in your pantry and beyond.


The New You: Can Owning a Cat Can Make You Healthier?

Did You Know That Owning a Cat Can Make You Healthier?

Dog owners have long known and enjoyed the theory that their dogs can help them live longer, healthier lives. From their constant companionship to supporting the daily need for vigorous exercise, dogs help people achieve their fullest, most satisfying lives.

Cats, on the other hand, have a reputation for being aloof. Seemingly disinterested in the lives of their human roommates, cats are erroneously perceived as low-maintenance. While they certainly benefit from daily play and movement, they don’t require long walks around the neighborhood. Instead, cats are (generally speaking) content to eat, nap, use the litter box, and repeat day in and day out.

What you might not know is that, like dog ownership, owning a cat can make you healthier, too.

Part of Evolution

Cats have lived alongside us for over 10,000 years. Originally, our relationship with cats was purely convenient as they patrolled for vermin around ancient storage units of harvested crops. Seen as useful predators at first, cats didn’t need a lot of time to warm our collective hearts. Now they are famous for ruling the internet!

It’s Scientific

Thanks to all sorts of research from around the world, cats and their owners are taking their rightful places among other healthy, devoted lovers of animal kind. Concurrently, the wildly, adorable, and zany antics caught on video took everyone by storm. As a result, cat people are now embraced as some of the healthiest (if not smartest) people on earth.

But Wait, There’s More

How is it possible that your cat can make you healthier? Well, for starters, they reduce stress and high blood pressure by triggering the happy hormone oxytocin. Researchers say that simply listening to your cat purr can calm frayed nerves and make you relax. Your cat can make you healthier by lowering chances of stroke and heart attack.

A Cat Can Make You Healthier

In addition, cats keep loneliness, despair, anxiety and depression at bay. The constant, quiet presence of a feline at home is an effective prescription for Alzheimer’s prevention, too. Single person cat ownership is on the rise, in part, because of the comforting nature of cats. They’re also known for being less expensive to keep and, on average, save owners up to a thousand dollars every year.

No Sneezes for You

It may sound counterintuitive, but cat ownership decreases the incidence of allergies. When exposed to fur and dander in the first 12 months of life, the immune system works its magic by processing that stimuli as non threatening over time. Thus, owning a cat is a healthy thing to do for long term inoculation against allergies.

Get Ready to Snuggle

So, while some folks see that cat ownership is all fun, games, poorly timed jumps, awkward napping places, and fierce ankle ambushes, owning a cat can make you healthier. What could possibly be better than this great news?

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the numerous health benefits associated with cat ownership. Our staff is always here for you!

New Year, New Resolutions for Pet Owners

Resolutions for pet owners can benefit your pet!

With a new year upon us, it’s natural for our thoughts to turn toward ways we can improve our lives. Becoming the best pet owner we can be may not be the most obvious choice for a New Year’s resolution, but even small improvements can have a profound impact on both you and your pet.

The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates has some simple ideas for New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are sure to please your four-legged best friend.