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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

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!

Picture from: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_GTU_nOCsE-s/SH4Od0yjguI/AAAAAAAACdw/4VSN3elnX20/s400/IMG_0526_poor_dog_closeup.jpg

Ticks – What are they? How do you remove them?

2 Jul

It’s tick season! Check out these tips on how to stay tick-free during the Summer heat.

1. What are ticks?

– Parasites that feed on the blood of animals (that would be us, and our pets!)

– They tend to be the most active during late spring and summer

– Live in tall brush or grass

– Can carry diseases such as: Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Babesia

2. How do I remove a tick?

1. Prepare its death bed:

– Throwing it away or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it

– Prepare: A screw-top jar,  rubbing alcohol, tweezers, latex/rubber gloves

2. Don’t Bare-Hand It:

– Use latex or rubber gloves to avoid contact

3. Get a helping-hand

– To help hold down the animal while you are removing the tick

4. The Removal:

– Disinfect surrounding area, and equipment with rubbing alcohol

– Grab the tick as close to the animal’s skin as possible with the tweezers

– Pull the tick straight upwards with an even pressure

– Place the tick in the jar to later bring to the vet

– Do not twist, jerk, squeeze or crush the tick – it may contain infectious organisms

5. Getting the remainders:

– If the area is not red or inflamed, simply disinfect it with rubbing alcohol

– If it is inflamed, put a warm compress on the area to expel the remaining pieces

– Do not go after remainders in the skin with tweezers!

6. Clean up and Keep Watch:

– Disinfect area, hands, and tweezers

– Bring your pet and the jar with the tick to the vet! Visit your veterinarian immediately even if the animal seems to be acting normal, or if the bite area is not inflamed or red.

Enjoy your summer! Please follow this blog for updates on how to keep your pet healthy, happy, and safe.

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