Great advice and tips to help keep your pet healthy and safe.
Pet proofing your home is a good way to prevent accidents.
Keep all chemicals stored out of reach.
Know what plants can be dangerous to your pet.
Store garbage in cupboards or sealed pet-proof containers.
Keep prescription and over-the-counter medications out of reach.
Keep cords such as electrical extension and blind strings out of reach.
Keep a pet first aid kit on hand.
Keeping a Pet First Aid Kit at home is a great plan.
Bleeding & Wounds
Some minor cuts and scrapes can be treated at home by cleaning the area thoroughly, applying pressure to stop bleeding and wrapping the injury if possible to avoid the pet licking the wound. Here are some examples of when you should bring your pet to the vet.
Underlying fat, muscle or bone is visible.
The wound is larger than 2 cm or approximately 3/4 inch in diameter.
There is significant bruising around the wound.
There is ground-in dirt or hair in the wound that you cannot remove.
The wound is in an area of mobility such as a joint.
Significant bleeding continues for more than five minutes or recurs after it had stopped.
The wound was the result of a bite from another animal.
A pet cone is a good item to have at home.
Ticks - what to look for
Ticks looks like small, grey, hard lumps on the skin. On close examination, you can see small, brown legs at the side. Ticks bury their heads in the skin and they may remain attached for hours or days. Ticks can transmit several diseases to pets and people.
Ticks - what to do
Remove ticks by using tweezers to grasp the body very close to where it attached to the skin and slowly and steadily pull back. Wash hands and tweezers after disposing of the tick.
Warning - deer ticks can carry lime disease bacteria. If you are not certain what kind of tick your pet has, save it and take the tick to the vet for identification.
Place tick in a small plastic container & bring to vet for identification.
Preventative medicine promotes a long and happy life for your pet. Preventative care includes:
Regular visits to the veterinarian or pet wellness provider.
Annual wellness exams
Vaccinations recommended by your vet.
Regular checks for parasites.
Regular brushing and bathing
A balanced diet
Teeth and gum care
Awareness of changes in your pet's behavior.
Hot Spots or
What to look for:
Area of hair that appears wet
Oozing, red and often painful skin
Rapid progression, sometimes within hours.
What to do:
Trim excess hair around the area
Cleanse carefully with surgical scrub solution, such as Saline.
Use collars or neck cones to prevent further licking
Seek advise from your vet for severe cases that worsen over 12 hours despite first aid, or those that are very large in size.
Common Toxins around the house.
Plants - certain plants can be very toxic to your pet if digested. Plants such as Easter Lillies and Castor bean are extremely toxic and could lead to death.
Prescription & Non Prescription Drugs if digested can be fatal to your pet. Always keep out of reach.
Asthma Inhalers - if bitten into can be very toxic to your pet.
Chocolate - if eaten in large quantities can make your pet very ill.
Antifreeze - tastes sweet but very toxic and most times fatal if digested.
Rodenticides - will cause excessive bleeding for days if ingested.
Slug Bait - will cause severe life threatening seizures shortly after digested.
It is that time of year again!
Fleas can be a year round problem but at the onset of spring weather, these tiny pests tend to become a big problem.
It is always best to treat your pet with some form of Flea and tick repellent to avoid, rather than getting rid of them when they become infected.
There are many products that can be given to you via your veterinarian.
Natural Repellent - daily brewers yeast supplements can prevent fleas/ticks and other insect bites as they do not like the smell and taste it leaves in the blood. It also has many other health benefits for your pet. It is always best to check with your pet's veterinarian before giving your pet any type of supplements.
If infected, a flea bath is a must and a flea treatment applied to all areas in which the pet resided for any period of time.
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