Education and Tips for you and your best friend!
Education and Tips for you and your best friend!
Top Household Dangers
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) publishes a thorough list of your home contents to help keep your pets safe, happy and healthy.
Mothballs, rodenticides and insecticides Make sure your pet steers clear of the attic and doesn’t follow you up, these can kill your pets..
Household cleaners could be extremely dangerous if ingested, inhaled or come into contact with your pet’s skin. Soaps, tooth paste and mouthwash, can contain the dangerous sugar substitute, xylitol. Items such as dental floss, cotton balls and other inedible products can also cause obstructions if consumed by your pets. You should always keep personal products and items in a medicine cabinet or up high enough so that your pet cannot reach them.
Medications, gum, candy that you keep on your nightstand
Besides food, medications, cleaning products and trash bins are other sources of danger Keeping food in the fridge and cabinets and keeping lids on trash bins, putting medications out of reach. Keep your pets out of the room when using cleaning products can help keep them safe.
Batteries, plants and fragrance products are the primary dangers found in this room.If you have children please make sure their toys are picked up
Detergent bottles and pods, bleach, fabric conditioners and old dryer sheets - keep them in a high cabinet,
Variety of chemicals - oils, antifreeze, paint, cleaners,rodenticide to name a few
Dangerous plants, mushrooms, fertilizer, chemicals, bark, stone, lighter fluid, charcoal When using any chemicals on your yard, it’s best to keep your four-legged friends away when using these products.
If you believe your pet has ingested something potentially toxic, contact your local veterinarian or ASPCA at (888) 426-4435 IMMEDIATELY!
Canine Influenza, also known as the Dog Flu, has been spreading throughout the state. Canine Influenza causes coughing and sneezing, fever, and usually is accompanied by a thick, snotty discharge from the nose and sometimes the eyes. If left untreated, pneumonia can result.
This virus can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact, and once dogs are exposed, they will shed the virus and infect other dogs for several days before they start to show signs of illness themselves Dogs who spend time around other dogs in dog parks, grooming salons,, boarding, and day-camp facilities are at VERY HIGH RISK.
Be aware that cats can contract the virus to which there is no vaccine available.
There is a vaccine available to protect dogs from this virus. It is now recommended for any dog that spends time around other dogs, especially in the scenarios listed above. Dogs who have not been previously vaccinated will require an initial and a booster dose, given 3 to 4 weeks apart.
Whole Dog Journal
Dog First Aid Kit - Build It! Be Prepared.....
First-aid kit for pets: The basics
A card with your veterinarian and emergency clinic’s phone numbers, as well as the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661. These numbers should also be stored in your phone.
1. A card with your veterinarian and emergency clinic’s phone numbers, as well as the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661. These numbers should also be stored in your phone.
2. A copy of your pet’s medical records, including all medications and a complete vaccination history.
3. Tweezers to remove splinters, ticks and more.
4. Gauze to wrap wounds for an injured dog or cat.
5. Scissors with blunt ends to cut the gauze and wraps.
6. A necktie or nylon stocking to use as a makeshift muzzle. Injured or ill pets may lash out when frightened and in pain, and a muzzle helps prevent your pet from biting. However, if your animal is vomiting, do not use a muzzle.
7. A set of nonstick bandages, towels or strips of clean cloth to control bleeding and protect wounds. Avoid using adhesive bandages because they pull out hair upon removal. These can inadvertently harm your animal.
8. A roll of adhesive tape to secure the gauze or bandage wraps.
9. Antiseptic wipes or ointment.
10. A vial containing milk of magnesia and activated charcoal to absorb toxins.
11. A vial of 3% hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to induce vomiting. NOTE: Before inducing vomiting, always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center first.
12. A flexible tip digital fever thermometer for taking the animal’s temperature.
13. Eye dropper or large, needleless syringe to give oral treatments or flush wounds.
All of these items can fit in a small, zip-up pouch that you can carry anywhere you go. If you want to build a more extensive first-aid kit, or your animal has other specific medical needs, consider adding these items:
Diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, but only if your veterinarian has approved it for use with your animal’s allergic reactions; your vet will tell you the appropriate dosage for your animal’s size
Solution for cleaning their ears
For diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar, some glucose paste or corn syrup
Rubbing alcohol to clean the thermometer
Splints and tongue depressors
If you own a dog, you know that they like to get their nose into everything, and cats are just as curious. Because our pets sometimes find trouble, it’s important to put together a comprehensive first-aid kit and I hope you never have to use it but you will prepared.