Every dog or cat owner encounter at least once an emergency or fear that something is wrong with the pet. Of-course, if it’s possible, you’ll head to the vet. But sometime we are not sure what to do. We go online and start searching for answers.
Now, the Red Cross has a new pet first aid app for you.
You can customize the app for all your pets (cats and dogs),
You’ll be guided step by step in emergencies,
You’ll get advices on administering medication, Help with saying goodbye, disaster time and behavioral help.
Learn first aid with videos, step by step, and much more.
I do not have any recommendations, as I have not used this app yet.
You can check it on the Red Cross site and download to your phone from the app store and Google play for $0.99
More information can be found here @ http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app
Now that the cold weather is here for the next few months, pet owners should consider a few changes in order to keep their dog and cat warm and healthy.
If you feel the cold, your pets feel it too. Some are more tolerant to the weather like big breeds, healthy dogs with thick fur. Small breed and puppies are more sensitive to cold and freeze. Dogs with arthritis and joint issues may suffer when the temperatures low. A sweater or a coat is useful. Just make sure it fits him and he can move freely.
When the temp around zero, consider a shorter walk if your dog doesn’t look like he is enjoying the outdoor walk.
Always, after the walk, check the dog paws for frostbite and wipe them from the moisture (wipe all his body if he is wet). When you bath him, check his skin. Bad frostbite cause redness or even lesions. If the dog’s paws are sensitive to the cold, consider booties.
Bring in your pets. If it is not possible organize a warm shelter with a small opening that will keep the dog or cat from the cold winds and the snow. If possible, do it for a feral cat too. The recommendation is to lined the shelter with straw that won’t freeze as blanket or hay will. Make sure the water does not freeze and put a mat where it’s dry, for the pet to sleep.
When leaving the house , keep the heat on.
Before starting your car, see if you don’t have a furry guest under the car who tries to warm.
Antifreeze and ice melters are toxic for pets. You can use pet friendly ice melter, that is safe for pets and children. If the dog start limping check if salt stuck on his pad.
Animals that are exposed to these extreme elements for too long will die.
Spooky! Yes, Halloween can be spooky…for cats and dogs too. So lets try and keep them calm and safe this Halloween. How do we do that? Easy!
1. The tasty chocolates and sweets collected during trick or treat on the night of Halloween sure is Yummy, to us and to our dogs as well. We tend to believe that animals know what is good or bad for them. Most dogs LOVE chocolate, but it is very toxic for most of them, especially dark or baking chocolate. So toxic that it can even cause death. Therefore, the first rule of the night of Halloween, and every other day, is to keep chocolates and sweets away from our pooches.
2. Sweet wrappers should go to the garbage, not on the floor or the table where our pooches can get it. We call our pets “furry babies” because they are just like infants. What they see and like they chew on and if ingested, they may choke. So the second rule is to keep the garbage in the garbage.
3. Trick or treat….the door bell is ringing, and strangers, scary strangers, small and big strangers coming to the door. The cat is already under the sofa and the dog barking like crazy, maybe trying to attack or just thinking that it’s been over an hour since the last walk and its time for another one. Big mess…to bring the calm back into your home, keep them behind a door in another room with water and some toys. Also, you may be surprised to find out that you have a Houdini at home who can open locked doors, so keep the ID tag on both, cats and dogs. So the third rule is keeping pets in another room with doors closed.
4. If pooch is having his own costume, make sure the size fits him, that he can breath and move freely, and that it’s not too heavy for him. If he doesn’t like wearing clothes, please do not force him just because you think it’s cute. The rule for the dogs’ costumes is keeping it as simple as possible. You can only have a tank or sweater with cute ears or funny Halloween lettering that will do the job. So the fourth rule is keeping costumes simple.
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