Pet First Aid 101: 5 Basic Emergency Procedures

Although first aid is not a replacement for going to your veterinarian, it can mean the difference between life or death for your pet. If you must administer first aid, always follow through immediately with veterinary care.

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5 Sweet Pet Safety Tips for Your Furry Valentine

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably thinking of romance, stars, perforated paper bunny cards, and chocolate cake (you know I am).

Or perhaps you are thinking, “Ugh, I’d rather cuddle with my puppy.” For the not-so-romantic folks out there, a dog won’t look hopefully, then desperately, and finally disdainfully into your eyes when the evening doesn’t end in a gondola ride, 5-star restaurant and a romantic marriage proposal. Won’t happen. Prolonged eye contact totally freaks dogs out. 

The last thing you want, however, is an emergency trip to the vet because Fido got into something he shouldn’t. There are a couple new things that pop up around this holiday that you definitely don’t want your furry valentine getting into: [Read more…]

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5 Reasons Why Your Pet Shouldn’t Have a Beer With You This Holiday

I get many questions regarding what someone’s pet should and shouldn’t have, ranging from foods to medications. And although many answers include “in moderation”, there are quite a few that are a sweet, simple, emphatic, NO. This is one of those answers! Not just because it can make them sick, but because alcohol poisoning can kill your pet. Here’s why: [Read more…]

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Danger! Top Toxic Plants For Your Pet

What is one of the first things you think of when you want to show someone you care? You buy them flowers! Flowers are also beautiful touches you can add to your decor and bright accents to brighten up your personal space. But if you are a family with pets, be aware that there are plants that are dangerous for them! Here are a few of the top toxic plants that might pop up this spring:

Danger! Top Toxic Plants for Your Pets!

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What To Do When Your Dog Has a Grand Mal Seizure

I was lucky the first time my dog had a seizure.  I have a background in the therapeutic field and I knew exactly what was happening to him and I was able to keep my head about me to help him. It was still scary and unnerving, but it wasn’t the end of the world for him (or for me!)  Here are some tips on how to get your dog (and yourself) through his seizure: [Read more…]

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Are You Prepared with a Pet Emergency Kit?

Most pet owners answer this question “no, do I need one?” The answer is a resounding yes! You never think a disaster could happen to you, but the reality is that most of us will face a disaster or emergency in our lives, and we want to have a plan (and emergency kit) in place for our beloved pets as well.

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How Your Pup Can Save Lives By Being A Blood Donor!

If you’ve never had to face the horror of your dog needing a blood transfusion, you may never have given a second thought to canine blood banks and being a blood donor. They are relatively new programs, proof of the advances in veterinary medical care that can enable vets to keep your dog alive despite some pretty tough odds. [Read more…]

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New Advances in Providing Pet CPR to Dogs and Cats

For many years Pet CPR (or cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was performed the same way, with very little or no variation. This is a life saving technique utilized when an animal’s heart has stopped beating and the breathing mechanisms in their chest cavity are not functioning, preventing oxygen from reaching the animal’s vital organs. Similar to how human CPR is performed, animal CPR consists of chest compressions and mouth to snout breathing in order to improve circulation. The end result being to hopefully either revive a victim or provide enough life support until more advanced life saving care is provided.  

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