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Pet First Aid For Your Dog and Cat

Pets First AidIf you treat your pet well, keep his surroundings clean, and control his activities, the chances you’ll need pet first aid are very slim. However, it is of course important to know what to do if the unexpected happens. Especially if you’re traveling with your pet, be sure to always have some pet first aid items handy. You never know what dangers will be in an unfamiliar area.

How to Handle Specific Situations

Cuts and Wounds – These mostly happen while playing and running in open areas. Stop the bleeding by pressing directly on the injured area with gauze or clean cloth. After the bleeding has stopped, wash the area with running water and apply disinfectant solution.If the one of the paws is injured, use a bandage. Do not let your pet lick it; instead, go to the vet.

Bite Wounds – Sometimes these wounds look small and not as serious, but deep tissues can be damaged in a bite. Since cats and dogs don’t always have the best oral health, bites are a big risk for infection. A vet must check the pet and provide an antibiotic if needed.

Snake Bites – Snake bites are most dangerous at the beginning of summer when snakes are just waking up from their winter sleep and their poison is especially concentrated. The immediate danger is death by suffocation from the swelling that takes place. You should calm your pet, don’t let him move when it is not necessary, wash with running water, ice the wound and go immediately to the vet.

Heatstroke – This is more common in long hair breeds and breeds that have flattened noses like the boxer. Heatstroke signs include fast breathing and heartbeats leading to spasms and blackout. Pet first aid for heatstroke should start with putting your pet in a shadowed area and using wet towels or a bath to reduce his body temperature. Encourage your pet to drink small amounts of water and take him to the vet.

Poisoning – This usually happens at home with cleaning detergents, medications, and disinfectants. Vomiting can sometimes help during the first four hours; however, you need to do it only with your vet’s permission, as vomiting can worsen your pet’s condition depending on the chemical ingested. Go immediately to the vet, and do not forget to bring the name or even the whole bottle of what your pet swallowed.

The number one rule of pet first aid is prevention. Keep an eye on your pets while they’re outdoors and make sure they have no access to dangerous materials in the home.

New Puppy Tips Part 3 – Puppy Digestion

New Puppy Health Tips Hyperglycemia is a central nervous system disorder caused by low blood sugar. It occurs in toy breeds between the ages of 6 and 12 weeks. Most often, it is brought on by stress and can occur without warning when a puppy is placed in a new home or while traveling. These types of puppy digestion issues are something new toy owners should be on the lookout for.

Symptoms of Puppy Digestion Problems Like Hyperglycemia

The first signs of low blood sugar include listlessness and depression. The condition is recognized when the puppy lies down and does not play. Another sign is if the puppy staggers when it walks or falls and does not get up, or just appears exhausted for prolonged periods after playing.

To prevent this from happening, put honey on the puppy’s food or give it 0.5cc of Nutrical twice a day as a precautionary measure. If the puppy has a low blood sugar, give baby pedialite instead of water to keep the puppy from becoming dehydrated. Treat as soon as possible.

Do not panic if you find the puppy limp and he seems to be unconscious. Give the puppy honey immediately and rub it’s little body to keep the heat generated. Keep the puppy from getting too cold and stiff. If within 10 minutes the puppy has not responded, take it to a vet immediately.

Home Puppy Digestion Remedies

Here are a few tricks of the trade for minor puppy illnesses that have worked for us. We are not veterinarians, but we have found these “home remedies” to work in a pinch:

  • Constipation: Mineral Oil (1cc per day)
  • Upset Stomach: Pepto Bismol (2cc every hour until vomiting has stopped.) If the throwing up does not stop within 8 hours, contact your vet.
  • Diarrhea: 2cc Kaopectate every 1 to 3 hours

Natural Remedies

In the wild, animals instinctively seek out healing herbs to help them when they are ill or undernourished. In fact, Asclepius, the ancient Greek god of medicine, respected dogs very highly for their ability to seek out and eat medicinal herbs on their own. This ability is shared by other animals, including cats. We are coming to realize that nature often has the answers – but animals have always known this!

Natural medicine can help your pet just as it can help you. While there is always a place for conventional veterinary medicine, natural medicine can compliment conventional veterinary care and in many cases cure your pets just as well – without the side effects and damage to health that can sometimes accompany synthetic drugs and antibiotics.

Study Says Half Our Dogs and Cats Become Overweight Pets

Overweight PetsAll pet owners know that a cat or dog must be fed regularly in order to stay alive and healthy. But too much food and not enough exercise can lead to overweight pets. As part of a new study on pet obesity in 29 states and three Canadian provinces, a vet examined their regular patients for pet obesity prevention.

Results of the Overweight Pets Study

The findings – around half of the examined cats (43 percent) and dogs (53 percent) are overweight. Some overweight pets can even be described as obese. Obesity was seen in 10 percent of dogs and 19 percent of cats.

What’s troubling about these findings is the fact that obese and overweight pets have a greater risk for high blood pressure and diabetes.

In the U.S. alone, 32 million dogs and 46 million cats are overweight. Eight million dogs and 17 million cats are thought to be obese.

The majority of owners – 63 percent of dog owners and 73 percent of cat owners – are aware of their pet’s weight. Whether they know the risks or not was not mentioned in the study.

Have you had an experience with overweight pets? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments 🙂