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Emergency Pet First Aid Kit

17 Aug


You can never be too prepared for an emergency! To prepare for any unpredictable pet emergency, have a designated bag with the following items. With the assistance of a veterinarian over the phone, these items can help to save and prolong your pets life in danger.

I hope you are all having a fantastic summer!

– Gauze

– Non stick bandages

– Adhesive white tape (do not use band aids)

– Bar of Ivory Soap

– Activated charcoal

– Peroxide

– Digital rectal thermometer

– Skunk off

– Triple antibiotic ointment

– Benadryl capsules (25mg)

– Eye dropper

– Muzzle or towel (do not use if pet is vomiting)

– Leash

– Stretcher (door, board, blanket or floor mat)

– Rubbing alcohol

– Eye wash (saline solution)

– Hydrocortisone acetate cream

– Phone numbers for RDVM, emergency room, and poison control

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Uhoh! – Heat Stroke

24 Jun

Summer is here, and so is the heat! Here are a couple of tips to prevent pet heat stroke during these hot months: 

  • Never, ever, ever leave your pet in car on a hot or humid day – not even “for a minute.” Cars are like greenhouses, they trap in all the heat! If you need to run errands, leave your pet at home in a comfortable environment. Hot temperatures can be fatal for your pet. 
  • Symptoms of heat stroke include: 
    • Unusual loud and rapid breathing
    • High rectal temperature
    • Extreme thirst
    • Weakness and fatigue
    • Vomiting
    • Dizziness or confusion
    • A bright red tongue with pale gums
    • Loss of elasticity in skin when pinched
    • Difficulty breathing or panting
    • Collapse
    • Coma
    • Thick saliva
    • Increased heart rate

If you find that your pet is suffering from heat stroke, follow these steps:

  1. Move the animal to a shaded area
  2. Place cold, wet towels around your pet’s neck and head, but be sure to not cover up their nose or mouth.
  3. Slowly pour cold water over your pet’s body. Do not cool your pet off too quickly – it must be a slow process. 
  4. Use a digital rectal thermometer to take your pet’s temperature. Heat stroke patients usually have temperatures about 105 degrees. Do not cool your pet below 102 degrees.
  5. When your pet is getting back to normal, give him/her a small quantity of water to drink to help with their dehydration. 
  6. Contact your local vet to get advice on what to do next. Although your pet may not show external signs of heat stroke, there can be internal damage. It is always best to schedule a veterinary appointment. 

Heat Stroke Dog

Dogs do not sweat like humans do; they release heat through panting and sweating through their foot pads and nose.

It is very important to keep your pets in a comfortable environment during these next couple of hot months.

I hope you all have a COOL summer!

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Turtle vs. Tortoise

1 Apr

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Cruelty-Free Circuses

13 Mar

It is very common for elephants to be abused in circuses. If you want to attend a circus, please attend a cruelty-free circus, or one that does not involve animals, such as:

Cirque du Soleil, Bindlestiff Family Circus, Circus Chimera, Circus Millennia, Circus Smirkus, Cirque Dreams, Cirque Éloize, Classique Productions, Earth Circus, Fern Street Circus, The Flying High Circus, Gamma Phi Circus, Gregangelo/Velocity Circus, Troupe, The Great All American Youth Circus, Hiccup Circus

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 I hope you’re having a fantastic day! 

Cold Weather Tips

28 Dec

13 Winter Weather Tips:

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1) Keep your pets inside – They can freeze, become lost, stolen, or injured.

 

2) During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. If there are outdoor cats in your neighborhood, loudly bang on the car hood before starting the engine – this will give the cat a chance to escape before being injured by the fan belt.

 

3) Keep your dog on a leash! You must keep your dog leashed at all times, especially during a snowstorm. Dogs can lose their sense of smell and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than any other season, so make sure you dog is properly identified with a collar.

 

4) Wipe off your dogs legs and stomach when he comes out of sleet, snow or ice. If he ingests salt, antifreeze or other chemicals when licking his paws, he can be poisoned. Also, his paw pads may bleed from the encrusted ice.

 

5) Never shave your dog down to the skin during the winter months. A longer coat will provide more warmth. Rather, lightly trim longer haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals.

 

6) When you bathe your dog in the winter, be sure to completely dry him off before taking him for a walk or putting him outside. When you go for a walk, be sure to bring a towel to clean off irritated paws, or put booties on your dog to minimize contact with chemicals.

 

7) If you have a short-haired dog, then get him a coat or sweater to keep him warm and retain body heat.

 

8) Never leave your pet alone in a car during cold weather – it traps in the cold air, acting as a refrigerator, and your pet can freeze to death.

 

9) Clean up any and all antifreeze. Opt for a product containing propylene glycol, rather than ethylene glycol.

 

10) Massage petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside will help to protect the paw from salts. This also helps to heal chapped paws.

 

11) Brush your pet regularly to get rid of dead hair and to stimulate blood circulation. This will improve the skin’s overall condition.

 

12) Pets burn extra energy while trying to stay warm in the winter. Be sure to give your pet a little extra food and water to keep him feed and well-hydrated, but be sure not to overfeed.


13) If the weather is too cold for you, then it is too cold for your pet.

AE Journal #4 – Corn Snakes

16 Aug

Recently, at Animal Embassy, we have been hatching baby corn snake eggs. So exciting!

  

Here’s a couple of facts about these interesting creatures:

– Mature corn snakes can grow to be about 3 to 5 feet in length

– They live about 15 to 20 years

– These snakes eat meat, therefore they hunt mice and other small rodents

– They are non-venoumous, hence they are constrictors, meaning they squeeze their prey

– One of the most popular pet snake breeds

– Female corn snakes normally lay about 7 to 14 eggs

Stay tuned for new blog posts! Thanks for reading! 

All About Puppy Mills

4 Aug

Here’s a quick game for you. Take this True or False Test, then check your answers to see if you know the correct information about Puppy Mills.

T or F – In a puppy mill, the dog’s health and genetics are most important to the breeder.

T or F – A reputable breeder has never had anything go wrong with their dogs or puppies.

T or F – Teacup Puppies are just like any other puppy.

T or F – If the puppy looks healthy when you buy it, then it is not at risk for Parvo or other illnesses.

T or F – Dogs in pet stores are healthy and people should go there rather then find a reputable breeder.

T or F – There are no laws to regulate puppy mills.

T or F – Puppies in mills are regularly socialized with humans and other dogs.

T or F – Dogs in puppy mills are always purebred.

T or F – Puppies are always sold when they are older then 8 weeks.

T or F – Female dogs are breed at every opportunity.

T or F – The greatest victims in the puppy mill problem are the breeding parents.

T or F – All breeds of dogs are at risk of being bred in a puppy mill; even larger ones like Saint Bernards.

What is a Puppy Mill?

A puppy mill is very similar to a puppy factory.  Dogs are breed at a rapid pace with disregard for there health or genetics.  Definition: A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well being of the dogs.

How can I help fight puppy mills?

  1. Don’t buy puppies from pet stores – Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. In these facilities, dogs are caged in unsanitary conditions and bred as often as possible. They give birth to puppies who may present medical problems later in life. Instead, make pet adoption your first option.
  2. Take the Puppy Mill Pledge – The ASPCA has a pledge to prove your promise to not buy a pet or any pet supplies from retail stores that sell puppies. Visit: http://www.nopetstorepuppies.com/take-the-pledge
  3. Share Your Story! – If you suspect that your dog is from a puppy mill, tell the ASPCA your story. The more we spread the word, the more we can build support to help ban puppy mills! Tell your story at: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-mills-your-stories.aspx
  4. Tell your friends – If someone you know is planning to buy a puppy, please direct them to the puppy information page on the ASPCA website. This page tells you where to get perfectly healthy dogs of all breeds and sizes, waiting to be adopted.  http://www.nopetstorepuppies.com/map-goodstores

Answer Key:

T or – In a puppy mill, the dog’s health and genetics are most important to the breeder. FALSE – The owners of puppy mills are interested in making profit, meaning they don’t breed the dogs to eliminate genetic problems, but to produce the most dogs in the smallest period of time and for the smallest amount of money.

T or – A reputable breeder has never had anything go wrong with their dogs or puppies. FALSE – All breeders, good and bad, will have different problems with the animals they are raising. It is not an exact science. How the breeder handles these problems is what sets good and bad breeders apart. For example, if a breeder finds that a dog is producing puppies with bad teeth, then he would take that dog out of the breeding program, and place it in a loving home after being spayed or neutered. Puppy mills would continue to breed this dog, without caring if it’s teeth are good or bad.

T or – Teacup Puppies are just like any other puppy. FALSE – Teacup puppies are often runts. The term “Teacup” was created by puppy mills, and it is very deceiving. Most of the puppies advertised as “Teacups” will grow to be average in size for that breed. They do this to make sales faster and to get more money per puppy.

T or F – If the puppy looks healthy when you buy it, then it is not at risk for Parvo or other illnesses. FALSE – Because puppy mill operators fail to apply proper husbandry practices that would remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills are prone to congenital and hereditary conditions. These can include: Epilepsy, Heart disease, Kidney disease, Musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.), Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism), Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease), Deafness, Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.), Respiratory disorders, Giardia, Parvovirus, Distemper, Upper respiratory infections, Kennel cough, Pneumonia, Mange, Fleas, Ticks, Intestinal parasites, Heartworm and Chronic diarrhea.

T or F – Dogs in pet stores are healthy and people should go there rather then find a reputable breeder. FALSE – Dogs in pet stores often come from mills.  This means that they often have health issues due to the unsafe breeding conditions.

T or F – There are no laws to regulate puppy mills. BOTH TRUE AND FALSE – In 1966 Congress passed the Animal Welfare Act, which outlines specific minimum standards of care for dogs, cats, and some other kinds of animals bred for commercial resale. But puppy mills that sell dogs directly to the public, including through Internet sales, are not regulated by federal law.  Certain large commercial breeders have to be regulated, but there are many loopholes.  Many breeders that violate have small consequences, and even if their licence is suspended, they can reapply and receive new licences again and again.

T or F – Puppies in mills are regularly socialized with humans and other dogs FALSE – Puppies are often kept in small cages without getting any interaction with humans or exercise with other puppies.

T or F – Dogs in puppy mills are always purebred. FALSE – Puppy mill owners often lie about dogs lineage and genetics of their dogs because their only goal is to make money.  This means you could be paying the price of a purebred dog for a mutt.

T or F – Puppies are always sold when they are older then 8 weeks. FALSE – In order to sell as many puppies as quickly as they can, many mill puppies are sold when they are six weeks, two weeks earlier then the legal age.  Though this may not seem that long, these two weeks are crucial for the puppie’s’ development.

T or F – Female dogs are breed at every opportunity. TRUE – In the mills the female dogs are in stuck in an endless cycle.  They get pregnant, have puppies, and then get pregnant once again with little to no break in between pregnancies.  When they are no longer able to reproduce they are usually killed to make room for new mothers.

T or F – The greatest victims in the puppy mill problem are the breeding parents. TRUE – Though the lives of the puppies in the mill are terrible, they usually leave fairly quickly and have the opportunity to be adopted into a loving home.  The parents never get this chance, they are stuck in small cages constantly giving birth to puppies they will never see again.

T or F – All breeds of dogs are at risk of being bred in a puppy mill; even larger ones like Saint Barnards. TRUE – Pet shops are interested in selling dogs of all breeds for peoples convenience.  To meet this demand the mills produce almost ever breed.  Even dogs as large as Great Danes and Saint Barnards.

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