Pet First Aid Supplies You’ll Want to Keep at Home
While pet sitting for a client in Scottsdale, AZ, I realized that 2 of the dogs had been in a fight while I was away. One dog had a cut on her eye lid, while the other dog had some minor scratches and bites to the face. Fortunately, it was nothing too serious, but it reminded me of the importance of having a pet first aid kit in the home. Here is a great check list for starting your own pet first aid kit. It could save your pet’s life!
Keeping a first aid kit around the home could save your pet’s life.
1. Important phone numbers and medical records including: your veterinarian, your local animal hospital, and Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435)- there may be a fee for this call
2. Leash, board or blanket to use as a stretcher, and kennel to transport your pet
3. Digital thermometer- the temperature must be taken rectally rather than orally
4. Eye dropper or syringe without needle for oral treatments and flushing wounds
5. Gauze which can be used for wrapping wounds or muzzling- don’t use a muzzle if your pet is vomiting
6. Bandages or clean cloth, and adhesive tape for bandages – do not use adhesive bandages like Band-Aid on your pet
7. Milk of Magnesia
8. Activated charcoal for poison absorption
9. Hydrogen peroxide (3%) to induce vomiting – always talk to your vet or Animal Poison Control first before inducing vomiting
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Our pets are so very dear to us. We care for their every waking moment, and for many pet owners, our pets are our children.
Like most children, pets often get into things they shouldn’t. This curiosity, however, can be life-threatening. Poisonous hazards are all over the average home. The way we childproof our homes for our human members we should also pet-proof them for our animal family members.
The experts at North Shore Animal League America want to help keep your pets safe by sharing some helpful advice on how to protect your pets from a plethora of poisonous hazards.
Medications and Vitamins:
As you would for your children, you should keep all medications – human and animal – out of your pet’s reach. Plastic bottles and child-resistant caps can easily be chewed off, so it’s best not to leave them lying around. Vitamins – especially those containing iron –can be extremely hazardous and even deadly – especially to cats.
Cleaning supplies such as disinfectants and bleaches, personal hygiene products, potpourri, insectisides, rodenticides and just about every household cleaner can be toxic if ingested. Also remember that even if your pet rubs up against them and licks their coat, they can still fall victim to these poisons.
While we love to keep our property at its best, there may be even more reasons to “go green.” Some of the products that make are gardens grow can be deadly to our pets. Keep these harmful chemicals far away from your pets: herbicides, fertilizer, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, paint and even paint chips. Just about every outdoor chemicals can be toxic if ingested. Rule of thumb – if it’s a chemical, keep it away from your pets. Not only could they ingest them, they can also get chemical burns on their bodies.
There are many foods that are harmful to our pets. They range from dangerous to deadly, so be sure to keep them away from all of the following: avocados, chocolate, garlic, gum, grapes, onions, raisins and certain mushrooms.
Plants and Flowers:
Certain common household and outdoor plants can be extremely hazardous to your pets. Many can cause gastrointestinal upset if ingested and some can even be deadly. Here are just a handful of plants and flowers you should keep your pets away from: lily, ferns, hyacinth, iris, tulips and especially Easter lily, tiger lily, lily of the valley and morning glory.
If You Think Your Pet Has Ingested Poison:
•Call your vet immediately and follow his directions.
•Watch your pet closely for any signs or symptoms of illness.
•Try to identify the ingested substance. Look around to see if anything has been chewed or if there is any evidence lying around. Look in your pet’s mouth for any residue of if your pet has vomited, look to see if there is any identifiable substance in it.
•Collect any evidence you find and seal it in a plastic bag or container for possible identification.
•NEVER induce vomiting yourself unless instructed by your veterinarian.
Prevention is the key to avoiding a toxic situation. However, should your pet ingest something toxic, call your veterinarian immediately. Always keep the number to your vet and a poison control hotline in quick and easy reach.
Vacation Visits and Overnight Pet Sitting
Many foods can be dangerous and potentially deadly for cats and dogs. Keep these food items out of your pet’s reach:
coffee grounds grapes
yeast dough tea
macadamia nuts alcohol
avocado fatty foods
chewing gum candy
breath fresheners containing xylitol
Many medications used to treat human medical conditions can make your pet sick. Never give your pets any medication that is not prescribed by a veterinarian. Be sure to keep your medicine cabinet locked and these medications out of reach:
diet pills acetaminophen
vitamins cold medicines
naproxen prescription drugs
For a comprehensive list of other household hazards, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association Web site.
Scottsdale , Arizona
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WellPet LLC has voluntarily recalled 12-pound bags of its Wellness Small Breed Adult Health dry dog food with a best-by date of Aug. 18, 2013, due to concern that high moisture levels can create the potential for mold.
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Locked out? Call your pet sitter
What to do when you’re locked out of your home and don’t want to face astronomical locksmith charges in Scottsdale, AZ – call your pet sitter, they usually have a key!
This Scottsdale family came through the ordeal of finding themselves locked out of their home smiling when they remembered that their TLC Pet Sitter had a key.
Benefits of leaving a key with TLC Pet Sitters
- TLC Scottsdale Pet Sitters are insured & bonded
- Keeping a key on file with their trusted TLC Pet Sitter saved them a lot of time and money.
- Not all locksmiths are trustworthy. TLC can refer you to several trusted vendors to meet any of your home or pet care needs. (Imagine if your air conditioner went out while you were on vacation! We can refer trusted professionals that you can depend on to take care of the matter before you return home).
- TLC has a key coding system that ensures that only a TLC Pet Sitter knows which key belongs to your home. This maintains your safety and privacy.
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Fourteen people have been sickened with Salmonella Infantis infections back east. Make sure someone you know is aware of this situation. Here is the link to the article so you can read it.
BY MARY ROTHSCHILD | MAY 04, 2012
At the end of December, a local kennel donated 12 cases of Kirkland canned Lamb and Rice dog food. They said it was too rich for their dog because they all got sick. Did not think any problem with the food. I fed to my dogs, and to visiting dogs. Diarrhea for all dogs, puppy threw up 15 times. She survived…Tesla and Dino did not.
I contacted the company on Jan. 3 to say all dogs got sick. They said they did not produce that food. Four weeks later, one dead dog, next week, another dead dog. Finally got a response with…tell Costco. I contacted Costco, and then they contacted the manufacturer. Who wants a sample of the food. Mind you…this similar food was recalled in 2007-2009 for melamine contamination. Over 400 dogs died. I filed a report and waiting for request for the sample of food.
I need to put out a warning of possible food contamination….is not
verified yet…but the vet and I feel it will be. The*Kirkland Canned Lamb
and Rice with expiration 2013. The cans I have say June 23, 2013*. Please
let your friends know. It would have been purchased in Nov.-Dec. 2012.
Please anyone that has a can to contact me directly. Do not return to
Costco. We need to let everyone know so more dogs don’t die.
HCWS Dog Coordinator
For pet owners, a crate may offer several benefits such as: aiding with house training (as dogs do not like to soil the area where they sleep), limiting their pets’ access to the rest of the house, and as a safe way to travel. However, for a dog, a crate is much more. Dogs are instinctively den animals. Their crates serve as their “den.” Dogs prefer using their crates as a safe place to sleep or take refuge, just as they would use a den to do so in the wild.
It is important for owners to foster that sense of security that a dog feels about their crate rather than creating a mood of feeling trapped or frustrated. Some common mistakes that would cause a dog to experience anxiety while crating them would be: to use a crate as punishment, to leave a dog in their crate for too long without getting human interaction or exercise, confining puppies in crates for longer than 3 hours (which is too long for a puppy to be expected to hold his or her bladder).
Picking the Right Crate for Your Pet
A crate should be the right size for your dog, which would allow your dog to stand up and turn around comfortably. A crate that is too large may be more difficult to use while house training a dog, since the dog may have room to potty in one corner and sleep in another. Some options for puppy owners are: renting a smaller crate from a local animal shelter until their puppy is full grown, and then purchase a crate that is the right size for their full grown dog or simply blocking off the excess crate area while the puppy is small.
Crate Training Tips
Crate training should only take days or weeks depending on each individual dog. Owners should make sure that the process is a positive one for the dog and that they are going at the dog’s pace and not forcing it. Here are some simple steps to make the process go smoothly:
- 1. Introduce the dog to their new crate- Place the crate in an area where the dog is comfortable and make the crate a relaxing get-away by placing a blanket, towel, toys, and/or treats inside. The dog will become naturally curious about the crate and want to check it out.
- 2. Feed near the crate- A dog will begin to develop a positive association between the crate and meal times, if fed nearby the crate.
- 3. Start with short intervals- Owners should first crate their pets for short periods of time while still home, to get them used to the idea.
- 4. Crate when leaving home- Once the dog has shown that he/she can be crated for longer and longer intervals without anxiety, then they are ready to be crated while the owner leaves home. Owners can use a command and/or treat routinely to prompt their dogs to enter the crate.
- 5. Crating through the night- At first, owners should place the crate near their bedrooms, so their pets can feel secure that they are close to their owners while still crated. Puppies and older pets should be let out to potty even during the night, as their bladders are not capable of holding through the entire night. The owner can then incrementally move the crate further and further away from the bedroom, once the pet has become accustomed to sleeping in the crate overnight.
Although crate training does offer many benefits to both owners and pets, owners should be aware of some side-effects along the way. While crate training, puppies especially, may whine or cry. Although it is important to make sure that you are not reinforcing the whining behavior by letting the dog out of the crate prematurely, it is also important to give the pet plenty of opportunities to potty. One way to do so would be to have potty breaks at specific times so the pet has a routine, and knows to expect a potty break at a certain time rather than whenever he/she whines. Another possible side-effect is separation anxiety, which may be managed through consulting with a professional animal-behavior specialist. If a pet is displaying signs of hurting himself/herself while attempting to escape the crate or of being especially destructive, please seek help for your pet in order to overcome their separation anxiety.
Information obtained from Human Society 8/17/11. For more information on this topic and many others, please visit their website at: www.humanesociety.org
Does your pet have noise phobia?
4th of july-pets
With the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, pet owners may be concerned about the stress their pets may endure due to loud fireworks. The fear of loud noises such as: fireworks, gun shots, and thunderstorms is quite common among dogs. These fears can sometimes evolve into phobias, which are defined as “persistent, excessive, and irrational fear response,” states Veterinary Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc. Holly Nash, DVM. MS
Signs of noise phobia:
- hiding, urination/defecation,
- chewing, panting,
- pacing, attempts to escape,
- drooling, lack of appetite,
In an attempt to comfort their stressed pets during periods of loud noises, such as a thunderstorm or fireworks display, pet owners may actually be reinforcing their behavior. Conversely, punishing pets for their fearful responses during noises only amplifies their fears. Instead, the best way to modify their fearful response is to exude confidence rather than fear, and redirect their attention with something they like such as playing with a ball or brushing. Medications and changing the pet’s environment may also aid in overcoming noise phobia.
For more information on this topic and ways to help your pets while you are away contact TLC House & Pet Sitting Service for some tips.
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