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by guest blogger Claire Stanton

Dog licking childs face

Dogs and cats are two of the most popular pets around. Millions of people have these animals in their homes, and both canines and felines are treated as part of the family. Most of these pets are really loved to the point that they are spoiled more than kids. On top of that, they even have insurance, which is actually not a frivolity but a necessity since animal care can become pretty expensive.
Because you love your pet, you should not only be able to provide it with its basic needs. You must also give your canine or feline companion love and attention; and you will only be able to provide your animal with the best that you can offer by educating yourself about them. Knowing what your animal needs or likes is very helpful. But one major aspect that you should also pay attention to is emergency care. In case your animal gets into an accident, you’d know how to approach the situation and how to give first aid to your pet.

1. Caring for Cuts and Wounds

Animals are very rambunctious, and their hyperactivity can sometimes lead to disaster. In case your dog, for instance, cuts itself while playing outdoors, there are certain steps you have to follow, especially if your animal is bleeding. First, do not panic. Second, stop the bleeding. Get a clean cloth or gauze and put this over the wound. Apply pressure. Then, take your pet to a vet clinic or an animal hospital for treatment. Your vet will most likely give your pet a sedative or general anesthesia so that he can clean and close up the wound. Your pet will probably be given pain killers too.

2. Reminders When Taking Care of a Poisoned Pet

There are so many ways that your pet can be poisoned. It could ingest or inhale a toxic substance. Some noxious elements are also absorbed through the skin. If you suspect that your pet was poisoned, immediately contact poison control. You can also call the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA. Have their numbers handy just in case.

Never encourage your pet to drink liquids because the fluids will only distribute the poison to the blood and other bodily organs much faster. Also, it is not a good idea to induce vomiting, particularly when your animal is – experiencing seizures, having difficulty of breathing, or unconscious. Do not induce vomiting if you believe that the poison is something very acidic or a flammable product, like gasoline.

3. What To Do When Your Pet Experiences Hypothermia

Winter is just around the corner, and it’s truly a wonderful and magical time. However, this is also the season when people, as well as pets, are at risk for hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature gets really low. Your pet may experience hypothermia if it gets left out in the cold too long or if it falls in a pool of freezing water. But aside from environmental factors, hypothermia in animals, specifically dogs, may be a sign of a serious disease or infection.

If your pet experiences hypothermia, here are a few things that you should remember. First, place your pet in a warm environment. Then, dry your pet, in case he is wet, and cover with thick blankets. To add more heat, put a hot water bottle on the covers. Finally, call your vet.

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Claire Stanton is a freelance writer and a pet owner. She blogs about pet care, veterinarians and animal hospitals, like Buford Animal Hospital that offers affordable yet excellent vet services.

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by guest blogger Nial Quinn

Shiatsu playing in yard

When you have a young child, you baby-proof your home. If you have a pet, have you pet-proofed your home yet? Our pets rely on us to keep them safe as much as our children do. Our pets can’t protect themselves from all dangers, especially man-made chemicals. They don’t know if something they find at home and decide to eat is toxic. Oftentimes things that aren’t harmful to us are still toxic to our pets. Here is what you need to know to keep your pets safe from chemicals at home.

Lock Your Cabinets
Pets can be very resourceful when it comes to getting into things they’re not supposed to. If you store your chemicals and cleaning supplies in cabinets at floor-level (or level with any surface a pet can stand on), you need to install cabinet locks to keep pets out. Ideally, you should store everything completely out of reach.
Close the Toilet Lid
Pets, namely dogs, occasionally like to drink out of the toilet. If you put toilet bowl cleaner into the toilet, make sure you close the lid so a dog can’t ingest it. Also be wary of using automatic toilet cleaners or other cleaners that attach to the side of the bowl. They can poison a dog, so close the lid every time you’re finished in the bathroom, but the safest bet is to not use those products at all.
Watch for Batteries
If pets chew on or swallow batteries, it can be fatal. Batteries are very toxic to pets, so make sure you don’t accidentally leave any within reach. It’s also a good idea to pick up anything that contains batteries, like the TV remote. If a dog decides to chew on it while you’re away, it may not take long before he dislodges the batteries.
Household Plant Dangers
Lots of plants that aren’t harmful to humans can be toxic to pets. Before buying any plants for your home, make sure it’s a variety that’s safe for pets. If your pet likes to eat things he finds outside, make sure you don’t have any toxic plants out there, either.

  • Some plants poisonous to dogs: Azaleas, Morning Glory, Oleander, Daffodils
  • Some plants poisonous to cats: Geraniums, Primrose, Iris, Marigold
  • Other pet-poisonous plants: Lilies, Rhododendron, Sago Palm, Schefflera

Make sure you consult your veterinarian for a full list of pet-poisonous plants.
Garage Poisons
Also be sure to keep any poisons in your garage or shed out of a pet’s reach. Any chemicals, such as motor oil, insecticide, and fertilizer, can be toxic to pets. Some construction materials like drywall can also be harmful to pets. Take care of spills in your garage immediately so a pet can’t ingest or walk through them. If your car is leaking oil or any other fluids, clean them up right away every time until the problem is fixed. Even if your pets aren’t allowed in the garage, don’t take the chance that they may find their way there.

Nial Quinn is a chemical expert and poison control professional who enjoys blogging about poison control tips and safety data sheets when it comes to protecting your home and family from dangers.

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Nearly every day when I walk my dog I have someone, usually children, ask me if they can pet my dog. I really appreciate when a child asks if they can pet my dog, rather than just run up and try to pet her. It tells me that someone has taken the time to educate that child about interacting with a stranger’s pet, and that can’t happen enough in my opinion.

There have been countless times that children have run up to my dog to pet her, and she literally freaks out. Australian Shepherds are one-owner dogs by nature, so crowds or groups of people can cause anxiety. Just this morning a little boy, waiting for his school bus, walked up to me and asked if he could pet Kaycee, my dog. Kaycee was obviously aware that he wanted to pet her and she cowered behind me. I usually tell

people that my dog is timid and she may not let them pet her, and then I pose the question to Kaycee, “Do you want to say Hi?” I read her body language to determine what her feeling is before I allow someone to pet her. In the case this morning she cowered behind me but did not appear terrified so I instructed her to return to my side and let the boy pet her, which she allowed for a brief moment. About that time several more children ran over to us and she literally tried to pull her head from her collar in an attempt to bolt. I knew then that she was too stressed and instructed the children to stop and let her approach them if she was willing. She allowed a couple to pet her before she was again ‘done’ and we moved on.
I want Kaycee to be able to socialize with people and not be afraid in groups of people, however, I also know that I have to respect her and her decision whether to be approached or not. I don’t want to compromise the trust she has in me. Typically she will oblige me and sit for a minute when I ask her to, but when she has had enough I respect that and politely remove her from the source of anxiety.

For more information and other perspectives on how to handle this question there’s a good article by Linda Lombardi titled, “How to let kids pet your dog”. Another article by Christine Hibbard, CTC, CPDT, “Protecting You Dog on Walks”, has some good suggestions on what to do when people approach your dog and also how to deal with dogs that are off leash.

If you have a shy or fearful dog, how do you handle the question, “Can I pet your dog?”.

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