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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Avoid a Cat-astrophe: Top 5 Toxic Fruits & Veggies For Your Pet!

The Animal Poison Control Center estimates that they respond to hundreds of thousands of accidental pet poisoning cases every year. Most of us are familiar with the toxins like chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and bread dough, but fruits and veggies? In fact, quite a few of my favorites are on this list, so it’s important to have a good idea of what Kitty and Fido should NOT get their claws into.

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It’s Not About the Money: Why a Good Pet Sitter Requires a Visit Every Day

“My cat doesn’t need someone to visit every day. Every 2-3 days will work, just top off his food bowl and water him.” “My dog has a doggy door and an autofeeder, so I need someone to check in every other day or so.”

I take a deep breath, and count to 3. “We have a policy to do a minimum of 1 visit every day for all of our families….” Client interrupts, “What’s the point? He’s perfectly fine without it, he’s done it before! All of you sitters just want to squeeze out what you can from people.” FREEZE HERE. [Read more…]

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WARNING: “Dog Friendly” Over-the-Counter Medications

This is a warning surrounding a popular image that has recently been circulating Facebook recommending medications that are “safe” for pets. Believe me, you are not doing your pet any favors by medicating them at home with over the counter drugs. Here is why this misinformation is dangerous: [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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5 Tips to Master the Dog Park

The Dog Park.

Ah, mixed feelings. A lot of us do have mixed feelings about taking our dogs to the dog park, and that’s quite normal. Some have had great experiences, others bad, and for most of us fellow dog park goers, we’ve had both.

We have 5 tips for pet parents to help you and your pup make the most out of your trips to the dog park and hopefully help to keep the not-so-good experiences to a minimum. [Read more…]

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Help Your Pet Enjoy the 4th of July as Much as You Do!

Most people really love the 4th of July; it’s a time to celebrate with family and friends and officially kick off our summer and enjoy some fireworks. Please be aware, however, that your pets will not be enjoying most of these festivities! The 4th of July weekend is when the MOST pets go missing and/or never return home; an increase of almost 30%. So as you’re planning your celebration, look towards your pet’s safety as well!

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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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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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