Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dog First Aid - Cuts and Scrapes

Your dog cries out and is all of sudden limping and bleeding.  What do you do?

The way dogs tear around it’s not a wonder that they sometimes get scraps and cuts. If you have a pet first aid kit it will help make it easier to deal with if the time ever comes.

First, be cautious when examining your dog’s cut. Even the most docile and sweet dogs can react if they are in pain.  If your dog starts lifting his lip when you touch around the area of the wound, it might be a good idea to muzzle him for your own safety.

Now assess the wound(s).

Is the wound a scratch, cut or an open wound?
Is it bleeding?
Is it dirty?
Are there any objects in the wound?

Minor Cuts and Scratches

If the wound is dirty, clean it right away. Once you are ready, wash the wound with a saline solution or antibacterial wash if possible. If you have no cleaning solutions, use warm water with salt.

Once the area is clean you can dry and cover it with a clean cloth or gauze. If you have some anti-bacterial cream or something along those lines dab some on the wound with a cotton ball or a q-tip before you wrap it.

Most minor scratches and cuts will heal on their own with no infection and don’t really require to be wrapped. You may want to trim the fur around the cut so you can keep an eye on it and also to ensure it heals properly.

For open and bleeding wounds, apply pressure using a clean cloth, towel or gauze. Hopefully the bleeding will stop after a few minutes of applying pressure. If not you will have to continue to do so until you get to the vet unless you are able to make a tourniquet. Deep cuts may or may not require stitches; your vet is the best to judge that.

If there is anything embedded in the wound, leave it there and let your vet take care of it. You could do more damage trying to remove it yourself.

See Related Articles – Dog First Aid – DIY First Aid Kit




Sunday, July 31, 2016

PAWfectly

If our dogs could talk, what do you think they’d say? Yup, more treats please!!!

More treats are just a few clicks away with PAWfectly. This online store has USA made treats and so much more.

There is a large variety of products for all of your dog’s needs. You can easily shop for dry or canned food, supplements and vitamins, treats and chews, toys, training aids, grooming and waste supplies. And it will all be delivered right to your front door.

The folks at PAWfectly have been in pet industry for over 50 years. They don’t sell anything they wouldn’t use themselves.

Happy shopping!



Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Dog Advertiser

These days everybody can put information on a website or blog. Everyday people, including me have the desire to research and share information and personal experiences. One such example is the “Dog Advertiser”, created by Mark and Pablo after a routine visit to the vet. Their Dachshund/Chihuahua mix Angelo had developed a heart murmur. After seeing a Cardiologist they found themselves and their beloved dog battling heart disease.

During the road to improvement, a deep concern for animal health was born and the wish to give back to the dog community which showed them so much support.

Most of us with pets look to the internet for information, ideas, and natural remedies to help our furry friends. It can be very helpful to know how others deal with different situations and what has and hasn’t worked for them.

Of course I do believe the most important resource we have is our vet. But I also do my own research in addition. I feel it’s my responsibility. And I’m very lucky that my vet has always been very open to me asking questions or sending him articles I’ve read on the internet for his input.

Dog Advertiser offers numerous videos and articles on health, nutrition and overall wellness. Browse categories such as Diet, Arthritis and Joints, Cardiovascular, Oral Care and Other Health Ailments to get answers to your pet related questions. Can allowing your dog to kiss your face really make you go blind? What foods are being recalled? What are some natural remedies? Can you and your pet share one heart? These and many more questions are answered!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dog First Aid – DIY First Aid Kit


It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit at home and when you travel just in case you have an emergency with your pet. You can buy one and many courses have them included. Or you can just as easily make your own at home.

You want to be prepared for anything so get yourself a Tupperware storage bin and keep it in a safe place that is accessible to you but out of reach of curious young hands or paws.

Here are some essentials for your first aid kit:


Pet first aid book
Emergency Numbers
Gauze
Self-Adherent Bandages
Digital Thermometer
Hydrogen peroxide
Eye dropper
Blanket or a couple of old towels
Paper Towels
Wipes
Pair of gloves
Tick remover
Scissors
Tweezers
Tongue Depressor
Muzzle
Vaseline
Disinfectant Soap
Cornstarch or Flour

Include any other items you can think of that might help you and your pet in the case of an emergency.

Stay tuned for a series of articles to help guide you through different situations with your dog.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Useful Website - Doxie Pop

Is anyone out there in love with Dachshunds? Silly question I know, these dogs are super cute and a delightful addition to any family.

They may have short little legs but don’t be fooled by their little bodies. They are confident, independent and love to chase small animals, as they were originally bred for hunting and tracking. However they also make wonderful house dogs and love to be with their humans. They have a playful nature and are very lively and intelligent.

So if you love this long-bodied breed and are looking for some gift ideas for yourself or a fellow Dachshund lover, check out the Doxie Pop website. They offer t-shirts, tank tops, mugs, accessories and decor.

Doxie Pop shirt


Friday, June 17, 2016

Animal Friendly!


You already know how much I love dogs! But the fact is I love animals. I have always loved animals. But like most people I have lived my life in the dark about the ugly truths concerning animal testing on products that I use every day.

But thanks to the internet and all the passionate people out there who make it their business to get the message out, I am in the process of changing how I buy products.

Obviously most companies feel testing their products on animals is a necessary and normal practice to ensure they are safe for humans. But I’m sorry, I just don’t buy that. I really can’t imagine it’s necessary with today’s technology. And luckily there are a growing number of companies that agree! I’m discovering many cruelty-free products and I am happy that I can make my own choice. I feel good supporting these companies and hope that you will too.

I know I am only just scratching the surface but it’s not about being perfect. It’s about learning and doing what I can.

Want to know more? I really like the website “Cruelty Free Kitty”. But you can do your own research and find hundreds of lists and articles on this subject. Or you can get to know the symbols that companies use to proudly display that they are cruelty-free, however not all companies use them.


Happy Shopping! Here are a few of the products that I’ve purchased and love to use.









Thursday, June 9, 2016

Useful Website – Pet CPR

We do everything to keep our dogs healthy and safe. We feed them high quality food; give them plenty of exercise and love. We brush their teeth and take them to the vet regularly. But are we prepared to give our dog’s immediate first aid treatment in the event of an emergency?

CPR for pets is gaining in popularity and I can understand why. I am guilty of having no pet CPR knowledge but I am now determined to change that!

Pet First Aid & CPR is a website that offers valuable information on CPR and first aid through written text, images and videos. There is an emergency preparedness kit list that would be extremely beneficial to have ready in the event of a sudden crisis with your pet.

And if you live in the Florida or surrounding areas, you can sign up for classes at any of their offices.

Saving Your Pet with CPR and First Aid