Pet First Aid

Why Learn Pet First Aid?

Has your four-legged friend’s tail ever been closed in a door, or have you discovered ticks on your gorgeous long-haired cat?  What would you do if you find a dog left in a parked car or your pooch gets bitten by a rattlesnake or stung by a bee?  Bandaging, removing parasites and treating heat stroke […]

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Stretch Out and Check Legs

Get to Know Your Pet From Head-to-Tail

Getting acquainted with your pet’s body and habits can help you detect problems early. A simple weekly Head-to-Tail Check-up is easy to learn and can help you bond. Your dog can’t tell you what hurts, so it is important to know what is normal for him (what his body feels like, how he sits/stands, how […]

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Pet Parenting 101

Follow these ten steps and you’ll start on a path to helping your furry kids live a longer, happier, healthier life. With no real Pet Parenting 101 Class to be found, there are still things to be learned that can help you better handle the furry kids in your care. Many are common sense and […]

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Vacations or Stay-cations?

Vacations can be great fun, but many humans can’t enjoy their time away when they are worried about the four-legged family members left at home. It can be great to bring your pets along if the locale is appropriate for them, but regardless if they wait it out at home or tag along, you must […]

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Pet Safety Heatstroke

Hot Weather Safety

HOT WEATHER TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE… May-September/year round in some areas Have plenty of fresh water available for your pet, inside & out.  By using a heavy, porcelain or ceramic bowl, the water will stay 10% to 20% cooler. (Plastic and aluminum tend to get very hot, which in turn warms up the […]

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Pet Car Safety

Buckle Up

Every year thousands of animals are injured, die or become lost in car accidents. They can be thrown against dashboards, windows, seat backs or floors. “Wearing your seat belt costs you nothing,” states Nicole Nason of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “but the cost for not wearing one certainly will.” This applies to […]

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Pet Safety Heatstroke

Heatstroke

Mary adored her Dachshund Daisy and always wanted her by her side.  One 85°F day, while the “girls” were out for a car ride, Mary made a quick stop at the convenience store for a jug of milk.  In the store, she encountered a new cashier who was having difficulty working the cash register.  The […]

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Pets on the Loose

Keeping your pets safe in a fenced yard and walking them on a leash can prevent injury, illness and much, much worse. Conscientious owners keep pets in sight! Fences make for good neighbors, but they also keep our dogs safe. Many well-meaning owners expose their pets to needless dangers by allowing their animals to run […]

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Pet Safety Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Keep Fido & Fluffy Safe This Fourth of July By Denise Fleck The weeks before and after the Fourth of July are among the busiest at Animal Shelters across the country. Fireworks can be fun for you, but dangerous for your pets. Loud booms and flashing fireworks make humans “oooooo” and “awwww”, but they chase […]

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Heimlich for pets

Choking

HOW TO HELP A CHOKING PET If your dog gets a bone caught or your cat begins to choke on ribbon or yarn, you must know what to do before they go unconscious.  Initially, give you pet a few moments to perform a cough which may expel the object, but if it does not…a careful […]

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Springtime Pet Safety

Springtime Safety

Treat dogs & cats for fleas and ticks which can cause skin allergies as well as disease. Observe your pet for bee stings and spider bites.  If you notice swelling, redness or breathing difficulties, seek prompt medical attention. Don’t feed human foods many are poisonous including some fruits and vegetables (i.e.:  grapes, raisins, peach pits, […]

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Giardia

Providing Fido and Fluffy with fresh, clean water just makes good sense. However, not only can it keep them healthy, it can also prevent your two-legged family members from… Giardia are one-celled organisms (protozoa) that live in the small intestine of many animals. The protozoa attach to the small intestine where they produce disease by […]

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