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How to Reduce Your Cat’s Anxiety at the Vet

photo of vet calming a cat | Whitworth Animal ClinicUnlike dogs, cats are not as trusting and as affectionate. In truth, you cannot make a cat to do anything they do not want to do. And when it comes to going to the vet, it can be quite a challenge for pet owners. However, there are numerous ways to reduce your cat’s anxiety when visiting the vet.

Signs of Anxiety

According to Healthy Pets by Mercola, you need to think like your kitty. For instance, your kitty is naturally playful and a hunter. To reduce stress during appointments, have a playful toy available or a favorite food. Likewise, you can tell when your cat is full of anxiety when they try to hide. Allow your cat to hide during vet appointments by letting burrow under a towel or stay in his carrier may help to lessen stress levels.

The Healthy Pets article also recommended that you touch your pet on the head or neck and no other parts of the body. The light petting will help calm your kitty. As well, gentle touches and pets behind the ears will reduce fear anxiousness.

Early warning signs of anxiety include:

• Narrowing the eyes
• Enhanced sweating from the paws
• Distraught meowing, spitting, growling or hissing
• Arched back, flattened and lowered ears, jerking tail and paws close to the body

At this point, your cat may run and hide, may fight or can become docile and immovable. However, if your cat is ‘frozen’, it generally means they are very scared and anxious. But there are methods and techniques that can ease or eliminate the stress.

Before the Appointment

For the most part, stress starts at home. Generally, your cat will hide or hiss at the carrier when you bring it out. This is because your cat knows that it will be making an unpleasant trip such as the veterinarian or a boarding facility. On the other hand, the carrier can be a pleasant experience for your cat. You can make it an enjoyable and safe place by adding new or favorite toys, special treats. you can also mist the carrier with pheromones.

The Car

Generally, the only time a cat rides in the car is when you take them to an unlikable place like the vets or the groomers. So when your cat sees the car it automatically associates all past experiences that were negative. Instead, try taking your cat for short rides that are a positive experience. As well, each time you go for a ride, increase the amount of distance. Over time, your cat will connect traveling with things that are enjoyable. As well, your cat will be less afraid of the car.

Is Your Dog Bored While You’re Away?

photo of dog demolishes clothes in messy roomAuthor Kristan Higgins once said: “When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.”

Those of you who own dogs both big and small in Madison, AL or the surrounding areas of north Alabama understand this all too well. These gentle, amazing creatures give so much to all of us and don’t ask for a lot in return except for love, kindness, play time, and good food.

That’s why the pet professionals at Whitworth Animal Clinic say it’s important to always keep our canines safe and healthy, especially when we’re at work and any time we’re out and about, and they’re left at home alone.

Dogs love us so much, they can get bored quite easily when no one else is around for company. However, we can take several steps to keep our dogs relaxed and happy until we return home.

If anyone knows a lot about dogs and cats, it’s Dr. Charles Whitworth, DVM. He has been in the business for many years and has a wonderful reputation at his Whitworth Animal Clinic, serving the communities of Madison, Huntsville, Decatur and surrounding areas in north Alabama.

Dr. Charles Whitworth believes like most experts, that dogs can be fine alone if we take reasonable steps. According to NewsHealth.comexercising before you leave is a smart thing to do. Don’t head out the door, until you have given your pooch an active game of fetch or a nice, long, energetic walk. That will set up a great nap time for later.

Food dispensing toys are another excellent way to give your dog some distraction while alone. Most dogs enjoy pushing and trying to manipulate the popular Kong dispenser hidden with some yummy treats. This provides challenge and active engagement and a nice method to entertain your dog.

The staff and vet at Whitworth Animal Clinic want to remind you, separation anxiety can be a real thing, especially for puppies. Having around some amazing and indestructible chew toys are better and safer than an adorable young dog chewing at your electrical cords or taking a chunk out of your rug. These toys also keep your pooch’s teeth and gums healthy.

Let your dog enjoy the rhythm, too, because dogs actually enjoy music. A number of studies have shown that classical music in particular, can calm and soothe a dog’s nerves. A little Chopin and assorted piano masterpieces on a CD can keep your pooch relaxed with its tail wagging to the beat.

Whatever you do, be assured that Dr. Charles Whitworth and his knowledgeable staff are always there to help you raise and maintain a strong, healthy loving dog.

What Happens When Your Dog Licks you on the Face?

photo of a dog licking its owner's face | Whitworth Animal ClinicThere are numerous reasons why a dog licks your face. The biggest reason is for communication. A dog also licks when grooming and eating. Now the reason why a dog licks your face is quite apparent. However, the health issues involved remain unclear for numerous people. In truth, many believe that dog licks are just fine. Some even believe that the licks have far less germs than humans do. But quite frankly, a dog’s lick has more than just germs. Many specialists even claim that the lick is rather “deadly”. Rendering BuzzFeed Animals, both human and canine mouths are comprised of bacteria, and a lot of it.

The article resources DNews who is said to state that there are hundreds of species of bacteria in a dogs’ mouth but only about 16% of the bacteria overlaps with humans. In fact, some bacteria in a dog’s mouth are anti-bacteria resistant. Being said, if the bacteria is spread to a human it can be very difficult to treat.

On the other hand, the remaining 84% of the non-human bacteria can actually be harmful if allowed in the mouth. In fact, research has shown that the transfer of bacteria from a dog’s mouth to a human’s mouth can cause periodontal disease and gingivitis.


One of the most misconceived notions is that your wound will heal faster if you allow a dog to lick it. However, letting a dog lick your wound can actually lead to Pasteurella. Although Pasteurella can be treated with antibiotics successfully, the bacteria can actually create the perfect environment for more serious infections.

According to Medscape, Pasteurella Multocida or P multocida is largely from an injury following an animal bite. Moreover, it is important that physicians are familiar with the associated microbiological oral flora of certain animals, especially cats and dogs. Although rare, many specialists feel that the bacteria is spreadable by saliva such as when a dog licks you in the mouth.

Concurring to Medscape, there are several Pasteurella species associated with dog and cat bites, like P multocida subspecies multocida, P multocida subspecies septica, Pasteurella stomatis, and Pasteurelladogmatis. But Pasteurella canis is linked only to dog bites.

In addition, people with certain diseases like chronic liver disease, diabetes mellitus, HIV infection, alcoholism, asplenia or other immunodeficiency illnesses are at a greater risk of infection. As well, treatment can vary according to the severity and type of infection.

A Healthier Animal

Despite all the potential risks, allowing your dog to lick you in the face on occasion really cannot do too much harm. However, it is highly recommended to keep your dog very healthy and make sure it has regular checkups with a vet. If you are concerned about whether your dog has pasteurella or other infectious bacterial diseases, consult with a specialist to put your mind at ease. That way you are rest assured that your pet is in tip-top shape.

Whitworth Animal Cinic

If you are unsure of your pet’s health and potential bacteria in their mouth, it is always best to have them see a specialist. In fact, you should never put off regular check-ups until the last minute.

If you live in the Madison or surrounding areas in north Alabama, Whitworth Animal Clinic is highly recommended by all types of animal lovers. Actually, Dr. Charles Whitworth is a licensed veterinarian who has been treating dogs and cats since 1981. And at Whitworth Animal Clinic, you can be rest assured that your pet will receive the best care possible.

How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Summer

photo of a woman and her dog in a pool | Whitworth Animal ClinicSummer is a fun time for you and your pets. Simply being able to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine and good times makes everyone feel happier. Although your pets probably love the warmer weather, they can also be uncomfortable when temperatures turn hot and the air is saturated with humidity. Whitworth Animal Clinic in Madison, AL recommends you follow these tips for your four-legged friends when northern Alabama temperatures start heating up.

Never Leave Pets in the Car When Shopping

Even on a moderately warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels. The Humane Society of the United States notes that on an 85 degree day, temperatures can reach over 100 within 10 minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave your pet in the car with the windows open or with the engine running and the air conditioning on. Leave your pet at home in the summer when doing errands.

Pay Attention to Humidity Levels

Unlike humans, animals pant to cool themselves. When humidity levels get too high, they are unable to cool themselves efficiently. Heatstroke can happen quicker in humid conditions. Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, racing heartbeat, excessive thirst, fever, lack of coordination, profuse salivation and vomiting. Very old and very young pets are more prone to heatstroke as well as certain breeds and dogs or cats with short muzzles.

To avoid heatstroke, limit exercise and play on hot and humid days. Also provide plenty of water and make sure that you pet has a place to sit in the shade if you are going to be outside for extended periods of time.

Apply Sunblock

Even with fur, pets can suffer sunburn too. The top form of cancer in dogs and the second one in cats is skin cancer. Pets with light skin and short or thin hair are particularly prone. Ask Whitworth Animal Clinic to recommend sunscreen made specifically for pets. Similar to formulations for humans, pet sunscreen should be fragrance free, non-staining and should contain UVA and UVB barriers.

Increased Chance of Infections and Injuries

Because your pet is more active, we tend to see more infections and injuries at the clinic during the summer. Be particularly vigilant around lakes and streams with lots of vegetation and exposed roots. Avoid lakes and ponds with blue-green or scummy water as these have a high level of algae, which produce toxins that can make your pet sick if ingested or can infect a previously minor cut.

Also be aware of rip currents or rip tide in the ocean that can sweep away your dog in an instant. If you have a small dog, think about putting a life vest on her to help her swim in such conditions.

If your pet suffers any kind of injury or summer illness bring him into Whitworth Animal Clinic immediately. We provide a variety of veterinary services that will keep your pet happy, health and carefree for years to come.

June is National Adopt A Cat Month

photo of a fluffy kitten on a gray background | June is National Adopt a Cat MonthMany say that cats have a mind of their own. Mysterious, playful, inquisitive or shy, cats are a joy in any home. June is Adopt a Cat month and a great time for selecting a new family member. Your local animal shelter offers felines of different varieties to begin a lasting relationship and the Whitworth Animal Clinic can become a physician for your pet’s needs.

Scheduling and receiving an initial checkup for your cat is important. Statistics show that owners took their dogs to veterinarians more than twice as often as cats because of the perceived notion that cats are self-sufficient. However, cats have specific illnesses that can turn into life-threatening conditions if not diagnosed in time. If you take advantage of Adopt a Cat month, make an appointment with a veterinarian for a full checkup.

Whitworth Animal Clinic is located in Madison, Alabama, and provides excellent pet wellness services in addition to treatment for various diseases. For example, dental disease can occur in pets. An infection can move to different parts of the body and place their health in danger.

You don’t have to wait for Adopt a Cat month to visit a shelter and select a feline friend. However, the spring months bring new litters of kittens that will be homeless. By utilizing this program, you will be able to choose from tons of cute, cuddly newborns.

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), understanding the life stages in cats is also important to learn when adopting a cat. Just as humans mature and change with age, so do our feline friends. Explore the changing needs of your new cat and make wellness checkups accordingly.

If you live in the Madison, Alabama, area, visit the Whitworth Animal Clinic website or call (256) 830-1503 for your cat’s first appointment. Finding a dedicated vet is essential in owning a pet. Dr. Charles D. Whitworth, DVM, has been practicing veterinarian services for the past 30 years and is well known for his passion for animals throughout the area. A convenient patient form is available online for downloading and filling out prior to your appointment. You will also find tips on how to keep your new feline safe and healthy.

Promote Responsible Pet Ownership in this National Pet Month: May

photo of young man with his white fluffy dog | Whitworth Animal ClinicMay is National Pet Month, and it is all about your favorite dog or cat and promoting responsible pet ownership. As we all know, raising a pet comes with a lot of responsibility for the pet owners. After all, it is their job to provide adequate care, support, nutrition and a safe shelter for their pets. This time is all about celebrating pet ownership and promoting responsible ownership too. There are many things that pet owners should consider in order to improve their pet’s health and offer him a better life. National Pet Month has a set of goals. Here is a brief overview:

Supporting Pet Adoption

Many pets spend most of their lives in shelters and animal adoption centers. The goal and spirit of National Pet Month is to promote pet adoption. Instead of getting a small pup from a breeder, you might consider adding a pet to your family by adopting one from a shelter or rescue group. Visit your local shelters and pet rescue centers for more details. There are many local agencies and non-profit organizations that work closely with pet shelters to help in pet adoption.

Responsible Pet Ownership

Owning a pet comes with a big responsibility. Every pet owner should consult with veterinarians to make sure their animal is healthy. Eating right, getting plenty of exercise, getting the necessary vaccinations, and proper care in general are very important for your pet to attain optimal health. Many local veterinary hospitals provide a set of pet care checklists to help pet owners in taking good care of their furry friends.


As a responsible pet owner, you may want to volunteer to help local pet shelters and rescues. Volunteers work closely with these organizations to help find homes for pets. Any contribution of yours can make a huge difference.

Educate and Raising Awareness

It is important to raise public awareness on animal care and responsible pet ownership. In this technologically advanced age, educating people and promotion can simply be done through online platforms. You can use social media, blog articles, and websites to promote pet adoption, pet ownership and animal care. Local magazines and newspapers also welcome many volunteers to contribute valuable articles to make their voice heard and spread the important message of pet ownership and public awareness in their local communities. Social media networks also offer a great opportunity for volunteers to create profiles and promote pet adoptions. Users can upload pictures of the cat or dog available for adoption, leave contact information and an address so that responsible and interested owners can help that pet find a safe home.

Offering Adequate Care to Your Pet

An important part of your pet’s care is to maintain his or her health. Find a local veterinary facility in North Alabama that offers high-quality care for your pets. Whitworth Animal Clinic is a licensed pet care and wellness center that serves Madison and its surrounding areas, including Huntsville, Decatur, and many other areas in North Alabama. Many pet owners struggle with teaching their puppy the basic commands. Finding an expert at the Whitworth Animal Clinic to help get your pet trained on the basic dog manners, self-control, and common commands. Easy training programs at the clinic are designed to help dogs of all ages and sizes to easily learn tricks and manners. Take your pets to the Whitworth Animal Clinic for a wellness exam, for immediate and ongoing care for your pet.


Chronic Pain in Pets

photo of large golden laying down looking sad | Dr. Charles Whitworth

If you notice that your sweet, affectionate animal that loves to snuggle suddenly wants to be left alone and not touched this could be a sign they are having chronic pain.

Unfortunately, your pet cannot always let you know that it is suffering from chronic pain. In fact, quite often your pet’s pain goes unnoticed until it becomes chronic. In the meantime, the animal has probably suffered immensely.

As humans, it is our responsibility to look for pain symptoms in your pet. Being able to be aware and to recognize certain symptoms will drastically reduce pet suffering. The need for pain relief is apparent when it comes to post-surgical pain or trauma pain. However, chronic pain is a whole different complex issue.

Recognizing the Problem

One of the most important factors in pet care is being able to recognize that your pet is suffering from chronic pain. Quite frankly, this is not always an easy task. Many animals do not show obvious signs such as trembling, whining, hobbling or limping. However, there are certain unusual behaviors you can look for:

  • Unusual weight loss or gain
  • Uncommon movements or postures
  • Your normally energetic dog is very docile or lethargic
  • Your well trained dog relieves himself in inappropriate places
  • Emotional or cognitive changes such as depression or confusion
  • Your passionate animal that loves to snuggle suddenly wants to be left alone and not touched


Chronic pain is a symptom of several issues. The most typical cause of chronic pain in dogs is osteoarthritis. Luckily, there are several types of treatment that even improve the principal disease progression. For example, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) medications are often used for arthritis treatment. NSAID is said to reduce inflammation. Although, many drugs have side effects, NSAIDs are generally well tolerated.

Other medications may also be used, depending on the problem and level of pain. Common chronic pain medications include opiates and corticosteroids. However, these medications can have serious side effects and should only be taken for a short period of time. In addition, antidepressants and nutriceuticals may be useful. In fact, nutriceuticals are a leading remedy for treating arthritic disease process. Sources of nutriceuticals include omega-3 fatty acids and glucosamine/chondroitin. Please note; never administer medications (aspirin, Tylenol, etc.) without first talking with your vet.

Dr. Charles Whitworth at Whitworth Animal Clinic

If you suspect that your pet is suffering from chronic pain, contact Whitworth Animal Clinic or your local vet immediately. Never wait or put it off. In regards to treatment, you are the only forerunner for your pet’s chronic pain. Although treating your dog’s chronic pain may be a challenge, pairing up with your vet will make it a lot easier.

As well, never hesitate to report any changes in mood, behavior or bodily functions. Plus, teaming up with your vet will make the challenge a whole lot easier.

Whitworth Animal Clinic is one of the best pet clinics in Madison and also serves the surrounding areas. In fact, Dr. Charles Whitworth is a renowned veterinarian who has been assisting cats and dogs since 1981. In addition, at Whitworth Animal Clinic you can feel rest assured that your pet will have the best care possible.

Heartworm Prevention

photo of Jack Russell Terrior in grass | Dr. WhitworthDid you know that mosquitoes can be deadly insects to people and animals alike? Mosquitos are known to carry many diseases all throughout the country and when bitten, people and animals can be affected. With the warm summer nights just ahead it is important to think about the precautions you should take, not only for yourself, but your furry pal as well. One of the most common diseases that your animal can contract is heartworms.

What Is Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm disease is a blood borne parasite known as Dirofilaria Immitis. This parasite lurks inside mosquitos and can be transmitted to your pet from a simple mosquito bite causing your furry friend to contract a disease known as worms. These worms are round in shape, grow to be twelve inches in length and make their home in your pet’s lungs, heart and blood vessels. When infected with the worms, your pet can develop heart failure, lung disease and damage to various other organs in their body.

Is Every Animal Considered A Victim to the Mosquito Carrying the Infection?

Heartworm disease is most common to be found in dogs, cats and ferrets, but there have been some cases found to be present in other animals as well. Animals that spend a lot of time outdoors or live in warmer climates have a greater chance of contracting heartworms if not treated for prevention annually.

What Are the Signs That a Pet Has Contracted the Heartworm Disease?

Symptoms may vary from animal to animal. Dogs and cats may react differently, however, the most common symptoms found in both species may be a cough, an appetite reduction followed by weight loss. The disease can become fatal if not properly cared for, but can be prevented from ever happening with proper care and routine treatments.

What is the Routine Prevention and Treatment of the Disease?

The vet will check your pet for heartworm disease during his annual exam. Just like routine vaccinations, a preventative medication can be prescribed to protect your pet against the threat of this potentially fatal disease. In most cases, when an animal is tested positive for heartworms, he can be successfully treated with medication.

If you are like most people, your pet is a part of your family and you want to do everything you can to keep him safe and healthy. Remember that it is important to keep your furry friend current on all his vaccinations and treatments for potential diseases. If you have any questions, the friendly and helpful staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic would be happy to assist you. If you live in Madison or surrounding areas in north Alabama, and you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Whitworth Animal Clinic for all your veterinarian needs.

Pets with Allergies: Itching and Licking

Pets can have allergies just like humans, it may require testing and some detective work but your vet can help your pet feel better.

Pets can have allergies just like humans, Dr. Whitworth can find the underlying issues and help your pet feel better.

Humans sneeze and sniffle; pets itch and lick. Although the symptoms are different, the cause is allergies, and it can make both pets and their humans feel miserable. Pollens, dust mites, fleas, and foods can all trigger allergies, and your pet’s veterinarian can help you identify the cause and the treatment to help your pet feel more comfortable. Pet allergies tend to affect the skin, so when your pet is itching, chewing on his or her feet, or showing signs of hair loss, it’s important to make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian at Whitworth Animal Clinic right away.

Allergy Triggers

Pet allergies – also referred to as atopy – can be genetically inherited, and particular breeds of dogs tend to be susceptible to developing allergy symptoms. Breeds such as West Highland White Terriers, English Bulldogs and Golden Retrievers are often affected by seasonal allergies with symptoms including itchy ears, irritated feet and hair loss. Chronic allergies can lead to ear infections, and itchy skin can develop yeast or bacterial infections leading to serious dermatologic issues that can require more extensive treatment.

Allergy Diagnosis

Although identifying the specific allergens can require some detective work, your pet’s veterinarian will start by examining your pet, identifying key symptoms and ruling out other potential causes. A potential diagnosis can be confirmed with blood or skin testing for allergies which may require a referral to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist for treatment. However, in many cases, pet allergies can be treated by your pet’s primary veterinarian, especially if your pet’s symptoms are mild.

Allergy Treatment

Allergy treatment is typically necessary for the rest of your pet’s life, and it can include avoiding the allergens, medicated shampoos, antihistamines, corticosteroids, essential fatty acids or antibiotics. Dietary changes and regular flea treatments may also be recommended for your pet’s ongoing comfort and care. The treatment is different for every pet based on the severity of the symptoms, the response to treatment and the type of allergen to which your pet is sensitive. Just like with people, treatment of pet allergies can be very successful, and your pet can enjoy a normal life with your assistance and care.

Whitworth Animal Clinic

Whitworth Animal Clinic is located in Madison, Alabama, and we are accepting new veterinary patients for allergy treatment and other types of primary and preventative veterinary care. We are located in northern Alabama, and we serve the communities of Madison, Huntsville and Decatur. Please contact us today with your questions about our veterinary services or to schedule an appointment for your dog or cat.

Pet Poisoning Awareness

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Taking simple precautions around the house and garage can keep your pets happy and healthy.

Like children, pets are curious and often cannot resist smelling, tasting or ingesting something that captures their interest. Unfortunately, there are many items and products that can be very harmful. However, taking simple precautions and steps can help prevent pet poisoning.

One of the best ways to avoid pet poisoning is to remove or secure anything that can be toxic to your pet. You can easily scan each room in your home to ensure that all toxic substances are out your pets reach.

Living Room

Plants – many household plants are highly toxic to cats and dogs. Even bulbs are predominantly poisonous. Plants to avoid are tulips, daffodils, azaleas, oleanders and lilies. Quite frankly, just one or two petals from a lily plant (Lilium and Hemerocallis spp.) can be fatal, especially for cats. Other poisonous plants are geraniums, daisies, cyclamen, sago palm, poppies, lilacs, holly and amaryllis.

Home fragrance – many fragrance products can cause chemical reactions if ingested or inhaled. Avoid heavily scented sprays, artificial scented candles or simmering pots of potpourri.

Nicotine – All products that contain nicotine items should be removed from the reach of pets such as cigarettes, ashtrays, E-cigarettes, patches and nicotine chewing gum. Even cigarette butts can cause nicotine poisoning.

Your purse – Always keep your purse out of your pets reach. It can contain many harmful products like sugar-free gum with xylitol, cigarettes, medication and batteries. In fact, batteries or items that contain a battery such as your phone can cause serious chemical burns if ingested.


Human food – There are many human foods that are poisonous or toxic to your pets. Human foods to avoid include grapes, raisins, currents, chocolate, garlic, onions, macadamia nuts, Xylitol, alcohol and caffeine.

Garbage – always keep your garbage in a safe proof area such as behind a closed door. Most garbage’s contain pet toxins such as moldy foods, bones, and cigarette butts, empty containers of cleaning products or other items.


Medications – all medications, dietary supplements and inhalers can be detrimental to your pet. Even ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are very poisonous to your pets. Always keep medications out of reach and never leave them on the bathroom counter.

Cleaning products – make sure that cleaning products are stored behind a secure door. In addition, always keep the toilet lid closed, especially if you use chemical bowl cleaners that are placed inside the tank.

Utility Room

Laundry supplies – bleaches, fabric softener sheets and detergent can be toxic to your pets causing respiratory and digestive issues. Make sure to properly store items and throw away unused portions.

Storage – utility rooms are often used for storing miscellaneous items. Make sure that all poisonous products are secured such as insecticides, rat poison, all types of glue, turpentine, paint and other toxic substances.


Automotive products – properly store automotive products like antifreeze, brake fluid and windshield cleaner fluid. For a safer alternative, select propylene glycol-based antifreeze. Whenever antifreeze is spilled, clean it up immediately. Antifreeze is very toxic to pets. Unfortunately, pets love the sweet taste and will often find it appealing.

Whitworth Animal Clinic

If you live in the Madison, Alabama area and suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, call Whitworth Animal Clinic immediately at 256-830-1503. In addition, take a picture of the product or plant for identification purposes. For your convenience, Whitworth Animal Clinic services pets from Huntsville, Madison and the surrounding Madison County areas. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline at 1-888-426-4435. The Center will put you in contact with an emergency veterinary clinic that is closest to your home or location.