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How to Choose a Dog Coat or Blanket

By Beverly Fox

Do you know how to select the correct dog blanket for your pet? There are many dog coat variations to choose from. They differ in size, durability, warmth, design and color. To choose the correct dog coat, it is necessary to determine the proper size and the type of weather your pet will be exposed to. This article will assist you in determining what’s right for your pet.

How to measure your pet for a coat or blanket

To identify the correct length of coat needed, measure from your pet’s collar to their tail. Some dog blanket sizes are not listed in inches such as the “Techniche ThermaFur Heating Dog Blanket”. There are size charts available for these dog blankets that will assist you in converting from inches to the appropriate size between extra small and extra-extra large.

Size charts vary by manufacturer. If you pet is in between sizes, choose the next size up. Some size charts include a neck measurement and a girth measurement.

To determine the correct neck size, measure around your pet’s neck below their collar to determine the circumference and add an inch. The neck of dog coats should fit firmly but not tight.

To establish the correct girth size, measure around the largest part of your pet’s body at their chest or belly and add an inch.

Is your pet going to be exposed to rain, mildly cold, extremely cold weather or all of these conditions? Is your pet’s fur clipped?

If your pet’s fur is clipped, you’ll need more protection. Below are some variations between the needs of a dog with clipped fur as opposed to one with a full coat.

Clipped Dog Guidelines

Fahrenheit Temperature

  • 45°-55° – Light sweater may be needed
  • 35°-45° – Medium weight dog blankets
  • 25°-35° – Medium weight dog coats with a light lining
  • 15°-25° – Heavy dog blankets with a light lining
  • Below 15° – Heavy weight dog coats with a heavy lining

Un-clipped Dog Guidelines

  • 45°-55° – No sweater needed for many dog breeds
  • 35°-45° – A light dog coat or rain coat if walking in wet weather
  • 15°-35° – Medium weight dog blanket
  • Below 15° – Heavy or medium weight dog coat with a fleece lining

Note: The above suggestions are meant to be a general guideline. Needs will vary based on your pet’s breed, length of fur and the temperatures they’re accustom to.

Is the dog blanket you chose strong enough for your needs?

The strength of the fabric is a key ingredient in purchasing the right dog coat. The lower the denier thread count, the less durable the dog blanket will be.

Another factor to consider is the care of your pet’s wardrobe. If your pet is like most pets, their wardrobe will need to be cleaned regularly. It will save you money in the end if the fabric is durable and machine washable.

Below are some other factors to consider when shopping for the right dog coat.

  • Do you need a waterproof or windproof dog blanket or coat? If so, follow the specific care instruction carefully to ensure the dog coat remains windproof and waterproof.

Note: Waterproof and windproof coats may not be as breathable as other fabrics. Ensure your pet doesn’t get overheated causing him/her to sweat.

  • Do you walk with your pet at night? Consider purchasing a dog coat with reflective tape like the Fleece lined dog coat by High Spirit
  • Do you need a warm insulated dog coat? If so, a fleece lining offers cozy warmth and comfort.
  • Does your pet fight you when you try to dress him/her? If so, look for a design that’s adjustable and easy to put on and take off. Your pet may also be dissatisfied if the dog coat is too rigid or bulky.
  • Would you like your pet’s coat to have pockets? Some dog blankets and coats provide pockets for the owner to carry small items. The “Techniche ThermaFur Heating Dog Blanket” has pockets designed to carry “Techniche Heat Pax body warmers” to provide added warmth for your loyal friend. These heat packs generate heat for over 8 hours and can be suspended to be used again later if they’re packed in an air tight container.

If you keep these factors in mind prior to making the final selection, you and your pet will have many happy walks together.

Beverly Fox
Owner of Fine Saddles at http://www.finesaddles.com/

At Fine Saddles we offer Dog Items, Veterinarian Supplies and Equine Products. The dog products described in this article can be found at http://www.finesaddles.com/4050596/category/36392714

I have been an avid animal lover my entire life. In the past 15 years, I’ve enjoyed the Hunter/Jumper and Dressage Classes with my Daughter, who has been trained by some of the best Equestrian trainers in the United States.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions pertaining to this article. I can be reached by visiting the “Contact us” page at the Fine Saddles URL listed above.

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Jan 31, 2012 | 0 | Dog clothing, Tips

Finding a Reputable Pet Sitter

By Ron Ayalon

Finding caregivers for your fur baby is a task not to be taken lightly. If you are like most dog owners, Duncan is your best buddy and you want the best possible care for him. When you travel, you have a few options for what to do with Duncan. If you’re lucky, you can either take him with you or have a trusted friend or family member take him in. For many dog owners, those are not possibilities, which is why boarding and pet sitting are part of the booming pet care industry.

Kennels are places where you can leave Duncan while you travel. They provide a place to stay, exercise, and feeding. They are often also called boarding facility, pet hotel, doggy day care, or doggy camp. They can be stand-alone businesses, chains, or a service offered by a large pet store chain. Pet sitters are people who will come to your home while you are gone to walk Duncan, feed him, and give him some loving. They usually come between two and four times per day at your request, or may even stay overnight in your house.

The choice of whether to board Duncan or find him a sitter is an individual one. It may depend on whether Duncan likes other dogs, if he gets nervous going to new places, or how much exercise he needs. Your decision may also depend upon what you can afford and what is available where you live.

Both pet sitting and boarding can be viable and choices for caring for Duncan while you are away. There are plenty of trustworthy, reliable, and responsible pet sitters and boarders out there. And there are also bad and irresponsible ones. Whichever type of care you choose, it is essential that you choose an individual business that is going to take excellent care of your buddy.

The Basics
The first thing you should look for is insurance. There is absolutely no reason for a kennel or sitter to not be insured. And if it is a sitter, they should also be bonded. It seems like a simple thing, but you can eliminate any businesses immediately if they cannot prove to you that they have liability insurance.

References
Any business that hesitates to show you references from previous clients can also be scratched off the list. If a kennel or sitter cannot provide you with satisfied customers, that is a major red flag. Take Duncan and walk quickly away from such a business. Insist on nothing less than an email or phone number so that you can communicate directly with a prior customer or two and find out what their experience was like.

Visit
If you plan to go with a kennel, take Duncan there well ahead of your planned travels. Let him sniff around, meet the employees, and play with the other dogs. Ask to see where the dogs sleep, find out how much time they get to spend outside of the actual kennels, and find out about feeding schedules. Make sure you are comfortable with everything you see. Dogs should look happy and well-exercised. A bunch of restless dogs locked up in cages is a bad sign.

If you are going to work with a pet sitter, be sure they come out to your house before your travels. You need to be sure Duncan likes the sitter and you want to get to know the person yourself. Insurance and references can tell you a lot about a person, but there is nothing like meeting them in person to make you feel comfortable. Use your intuition, and if something seems off about the sitter, find another option. Remember that this person is not just caring for Duncan, they are going to have a key to your home.

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Jan 24, 2012 | 0 | Dog sitting

Dog Hot Spots – Causes, Symptoms and What To Do

By Emmy E Bill

When you hear of a “hot spot” you don’t always think of a skin condition that can occur in dogs. However, dog hot spots, also known as acute moist dermatitis, are red, moist, hot and irritated lesions. These typically occur on a dog’s head, hip or chest area.

These irritated lesions can be caused by a number of factors that include allergies, bites, poor grooming, underlying ear or skin infections and constant licking and chewing. Basically anything that irritates the skin can cause this problem to occur, and the lesions can be quite uncomfortable. They often grow rapidly in a short period of time because dogs scratch, lick or chew the infected areas. Dogs that aren’t groomed on a regular basis can be prone to these infections due to their matts and dirty coats. This contributes to the fact that breeds with an abundant amount of hair are most commonly affected.

Veterinary treatment is essential for most dogs with hot spots. You should bring your dog to the vet immediately after you notice an abnormality in your pet’s skin, or behavior that could indicate hot spots such as excessive licking and scratching. A veterinarian can help determine the cause of the infections and then the treatment. There are several ways that this ailment can be treated, including:

• Shaving the hair around the infected area
• Cleansing the area with a solution such as Vetericyn
• Medications that prevent and treat dog parasites
• Antibiotics and pain killers
• E-collar
• Diet changes; dietary supplements
• Corticosteroids or antihistamines

There are plenty of ways that hot spots can be prevented. First of all, make sure your dog is groomed on a regular basis by a trained individual, keep his hair as short as possible and try your hardest to control fleas through medication, flea collars and whatever else your veterinarian recommends. Dogs that are stressed are susceptible to this problem because they chew and scratch more, so keep your dog as relaxed as possible. Give him lots of attention and make sure he gets enough exercise to keep boredom and stress aside.

Dog hot spots aren’t always completely preventable but it is beneficial to take precautions. If your dog becomes infected, try to keep him from itching and further spreading the infection. Your dog should be as comfortable as possible when infected so they can heal properly. Talk to your veterinarian regarding the right treatment route to take.

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Jan 23, 2012 | 0 | Dog health

Dogs 101- Australian Cattle Dog

Need an enduring friendship? The Australian Cattle Dog is a loving and loyal herding dog.

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Jan 22, 2012 | 0 | Dog breed information

10 Great Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Dog

By Emmy E Bill

Many people are unsure if they want to adopt a shelter dog for a variety of reasons. They may not know where the dog originally came from, what breed they are, what their temperament is or why they were given up in the first place. However, the reasons to adopt a shelter dog far outweigh the reasons not to.

1) You will save a life.

It’s awful to think about, but there are so many homeless animals around today that their chances of being euthanized are high. Also, dogs stuck in cages at shelters are more likely to become depressed.

2) Shelters carry many different breeds.

Some say they are looking for a specific breed of dog, which is why they don’t want to adopt from a shelter. However, chances are that you will find the breed you want if you look hard enough. There is a rescue organization for almost every breed so it’s not difficult to find the kind you want.

3) You will save money.

The initial cost is usually less for shelter pets. Buying from a breeder could cost you more than $1,000, depending on the breed. Also, many older dogs in shelters have already been spayed/neutered and vaccinated as well. It’s not guaranteed that it will be cheaper because unexpected things can happen, but it will save you money at first.

4) Shelter dogs have talent, too!

Purebred dogs aren’t the only ones who can compete in dog shows. Mixed breeds and purebred shelter dogs definitely have the ability to be obedient, learn tricks for show or for fun!

5) Some health issues are less common.

Some purebreds are prone to certain illnesses, such as dysplasia. It is known that these problems may be less likely in mixed-breeds. However, this all depends on the breed and where the dog originally came from.

6) You will have more of a selection.

When you go to the pet store or a breeder, you will most likely be looking at purebred puppies. At the shelter you’re going to see a variety of breeds, ages and personalities. Most shelters even have puppies if that’s what you’re looking for.

7) Training may be easier.

Many shelter dogs are already trained, so you won’t have to go through house training and/or kennel training.

8) You can immediately tell the personality of a dog, for most of them that is.

If the dog is older than 6 months, his personality will be reasonably clear. You will most likely be able to see right away how the dog behaves in general. Keep in mind though that shelters are not always the most natural environments to live in, so a dog might be more active or less active than usual, or possibly a bit confused as to why he is there to begin with. Spend some time getting to know the dogs close up.

9) You don’t have to deal with the puppy stage.

Raising a puppy can be tough and time consuming… if you prefer adult dogs and don’t want to deal with the messes and training that come with puppies, then deciding to adopt a shelter dog might be the best idea for you.

10) You will give a dog a family.

Plain and simple, you’ll be giving a dog not just a home, but a family. Whether you are a single gal or a family of five, when you bring in a shelter dog, you become his family.

If you’re still debating adopting a shelter dog after reading these tips, it might be beneficial to know that most shelters will take a dog back if it doesn’t work out; the goal of a shelter is to find the best home possible for each dog, so they want the right fit too.

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Jan 19, 2012 | 0 | Choosing your dog, Looking for a Home, Stray dogs

How to Treat Flea Bites on Dogs

By Duncan Beech

Besides being irritating and itchy, flea bites on dogs can affect their health and their owners who may also suffer from the bites. There are various dog flea treatment methods that range from purchasing products on the market to home remedies. The method used should not only soothe these bites but also remove the problem itself.

Flea bites cause red, swollen eruptions that canines cannot help but bite and scratch when itchy. This causes rashes and open sores which could become infected and require antibiotics. Some dogs are allergic to the flea’s saliva and may need steroid shots or antihistamines to soothe pain and swelling.

A popular preventative measure to vacate fleas from the family pooch is the use of flea medication such as Frontline Spot On or Advantage. The former kills fleas within twenty four hours by paralysing their central nervous system. The ingredients in the latter accomplishes the same task but in only twelve hours. This brand also prevents flea eggs from hatching. There are also pills for dogs that are prescribed by veterinarians if they cannot tolerate the liquid medicine on their sensitive skin.

Flea collars worn in addition to the regular collar are made with flea-deterring chemicals and are also very effective. Pets needing immediate attention benefit from being bathed with flea shampoo and using a flea comb to remove these pesky parasites. There are also groomers who will perform a flea dip which is a bath with stronger chemicals.

Although these methods will remove or prevent further infestation, there are home remedies that can be applied to soothe bites, deter fleas, or both. Itchy, sore areas can be instantly calmed by washing with warm water and dog shampoo. Shampoos with citrus oils are gentle and effective for both calming irritation and deterring fleas. If there are no open sores, a half cup of apple cider vinegar combined with two quarts of water can be used as a rinse to soothe these irritated areas. Hydro cortisone cream or ointment should be used on any open wounds to reduce swelling and itching.

Since lemons are a natural flea cure, the peel from one lemon or lemon quarters are placed in a cup of water that has been boiled. After sitting overnight, the lemon water is applied with a wash cloth or poured in a spray bottle and sprayed on the affected areas. Another method is to make a paste from water and baking powder and directly apply on the bites to ease pain and swelling.

Soaking a bandana in essential oils such as eucalyptus, tea tree, citronella, lavender, and geranium provides a homemade, natural flea collar that lasts one week before needing to be resoaked. Bathing the canine with peppermint, cedar, rosewood, or lemon grass oil creates a protective barrier on their skin. A few drops of lemon oil or rosemary oil on their collar on a weekly basis also prevents infestation.

Implementing a dog flea treatment prevents serious health issues from resulting in the future. Infected skin sores, hair loss from scratching and biting, tapeworms from ingested fleas, or anemia caused by fleas feeding on their blood are just a few of the concerns that owners may have to face if proper attention is not given to their pet.

There are numerous Dog flea treatments on the market but knowing which one is best for your dog can be sometimes confusing, for more information regarding how best to treat dog flea bites visit our site which is dedicated to dog flea treatments.

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Jan 18, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Tips

Pets Are Family Too!

By Dawn Combs

I am sure that I am not alone in saying that my husband and I love our pets like they are our children. Many people treat their pets as members of their family and shower on them all the love, care and concern someone would give any member of their family and we are no different. We personally, have three dogs, a cat and a mini macaw. There are more animals than humans in our household but it is a harmonious place. They all have their own personalities and place in our family unit, and they are all cherished for their foibles, charm, the great love and affection they give us freely, and the easy going and malleable natures they have developed over the years. We are proud pet owners and I feel like we have done our fare share in rescuing wonderful animals that were in dire need of a forever family.

My husband and I got our first dog very soon after we met and moved in together. He was a Beagle Black Lab mixed breed that we rescued from the local Humane Society and he was three months old (we named him Garcia…yes…after Jerry). He had kennel cough when we adopted him and the folks at the Humane Society told us he may not live. They didn’t take into account the stubborn Beagle traits the little guy had because not only did he survive the kennel cough but he lived to be 15 years old! Never having a puppy before I was surprised at how much work it was! The potty training, shots, bathing, feeding, walking, training…and of course many hugs and kisses. Talk about a wakeup call; it was a wakeup call I would never regret.

I have always loved animals and my family and I had many different kinds while growing up. We had rabbits, hamsters, fish, dogs, cats, birds and horses. But once I reached adulthood I was too busy with the normal things twenty-something people do to consider getting a pet. When I met my husband that changed and our one rescued dog named Garcia turned into three rescued dogs. We would eventually we would adopt two more when our first two died of old age.

After many years owning pets I can honestly say me and my husband have definitely made some mistakes, but we have also learned a lot. If I were asked what one of the most important factors is in owning any pet I would say to simply give them the attention, love and proper care they need and crave. So many people get a pet on a whim and then quickly forget about them when the shine and novelty wear off. Pets are not toys, they are sentient beings with very definite needs and a very clear dependency on their human caretakers.. What is one of the biggest mistakes people make in pet ownership? Not giving adequate boundaries and corrective training! Dogs especially, are very pack driven and need clear direction on who the pack leader is and what is their role in the family unit is. Without calm, consistent and assertive guidance from a human pack leader dogs will sometimes develop aggressive tendencies and/or neurosis. This bad behavior will make life difficult for everyone in the family. In the long run the animal suffers since they end up in killing shelters, destroyed or simply chained out in a yard alone and uncared for. Start boundary and corrective training early, by three months of age, and be consistent; you will save yourself, your family and your pet much heartache, confusion and grief in the future. Pets are family too!

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Jan 17, 2012 | 0 | Looking after your dog, Miscellaneous

How to Get Rid of Your Dog’s Aggressive Behavior

By Noel Guntan

Having a pet dog is an exciting and fun hobby for its owner. Dogs are naturally close to human beings. Lovable pets that dogs are, they show so much loyalty to their owners and in fact, cases are known where dogs save their owners from untoward incidents, sometimes even to the point of sacrificing their own lives. There is a truth to the saying that “A dog is a man’s best friend.”

Raising and caring for your pet dog are in some ways similar to raising your own kid. Your pet needs your time, attention, provision for material needs, and yes, it needs your love, too! You can expect your dog to show emotions such as joy, excitement, and sadness. Your pet is sensitive to its immediate environment just as much as you are!

There are times that it may show an undesirable behavior. It doesn’t mean, however, that it is what your dog wants to show or do. You can actually control your dogs behavior when it shows undesirable traits or do unwanted actions.

In agility trainings, for example, the crowd and the intensity of agility sport can cause your pet so much excitement and stimulation. Such stimulation may cause it to be restless and begin exhibiting undesirable behaviors ranging from being reactive to its handler and being rude to other dogs. In such a case, what steps can you take to control your dog’s behavior?

Here are simple, easy-to-do steps to correct your dog’s attitude:

1. WORK OUT A CONSISTENT PLAN TO AVOID YOUR DOG REPEATING AN UNWANTED BEHAVIOR.
Show your pet that you do not approve of that particular behavior, otherwise, when it repeats the same, it will become more intense. If you are in a crowded agility training and your pet starts to show an unwanted behavior, take your it away from that environment to a calmer place. Sometimes, a training environment can be stressful and ca cause cause your pet to be highly reactive. Before going to such trainings, make sure that you have a place where you can take your it in case its level of stimulation needs to be reduced. A good way of controlling your its behavior is by training it to perform “sit-stay” behind you. In cases of high reactivity, you can then move in front of your dog to manage the situation while your it stays safely behind you.

2. USE THE MARK & REWARD PROCESS.
By using the mark and reward process, you can teach your pet an alternate to its undesirable behavior. The trick is to train your it to keep its mind focused on a task and its consequent reward. A dog that has its mind so focused will not be reactive and can in fact ignore its immediate environment to accomplish its task. For example, if your dogs starts to get irritable and begin growling at nearby dogs settled on their crates, train your dog to heel past the crates while keeping its attention to you.

3. DESENSITIZE YOUR DOG.
In cases where your dog reacts violently to other dogs, hold its leash tightly and abruptly pull away. This action will send your dog a message that you do not approve of its behavior.

4. TRAIN YOUR DOG IN IDENTIFYING STRESS SIGNALS.
Train your dog to take note of your stress signals and to give you automatic eye contact once you give these signals. Examples of such a signal are grabbing your dog’s muzzle or collar, pulling tight the leash, or speaking more loudly. Gradually train your dog to understand the meaning of each signal. Be sure to use the principle of mark and reward process as you teach your dog the meaning of each stress signal. For example, to change the meaning of each stress signal, do it gradually in the company of your dog, clicking and feeding it as you give out your signal.

5. TRAIN YOUR DOG TO REACT CORRECTLY TO YOUR STRESS SIGNALS.
Teach your dog to respond correctly to the stress signals that you give. For example, let’s take the tight leash. Let your dog go to the leash’ end and step backwards a bit. when the leash get’s taut, click and feed your dog. Allow your dog to go to you for its reward and spend about twenty minutes praising your dog. Repeat this training many times. After this step, stand in another place and pull the dog’s leash. Reward your dog by clicking and feeding for making the leash loose by coming towards you. Gradually increase the leash’ tightness and alternate between taking steps and standing still. While doing this training, reinforce every eye contact that occurs. When your dog gets to notice the tightening of its leash, it will look up to you expecting a reward instead of reacting violently to an approaching dog.

However, if you notice signs of anxiety in your dog as you increase its leash’ tightness, stop the session immediately and evaluate your current training techniques. Review past success level and begin from there. If you find that you dog has taken for a stress signal any other behavior of your own to show aggression, apply the same principles discussed above. You can then change the associated behavior by rewarding your dog with clicking and feeding when you show your stress signals.

6. PROVIDE YOUR PET WITH A DOG TO DOG TRAINING ENCOUNTER.
Teaching your pet how to react properly to another dog is the best way to reduce its behavior of aggression towards another dog, so make every dog to dog encounter an opportunity for training. For instance, you can click and feed your pet every time another dog sniffs at your pet. Doing this regularly will teach your dog to expect a reward from you instead of being aggressive every time another dog approaches.

The best way to do this exercise is with another handler with a non-reactive, stable dog. Give your dog its click and feed reward as the other dog approaches it in semi-circular fashion. Avoid a head to head encounter. Such an encounter is unnatural to dogs and can immediately cause a dogfight.

7. AFTER THE BASIC DOG TO DOG ENCOUNTER, TRAIN YOUR PET WITH A NOSE TO NOSE ENCOUNTER.
When your pet has achieved basic level of tolerance, train it to tolerate other dogs approaching straight to its face. Click and feed your dog as another dog sniffs its tail, doing it with a high rate of reinforcement. Do this every time such interaction occurs. However, if the other dog is food possessive, click and pat your dog instead.

Simultaneously, each handler calls his own dog after a number of repetitions, clicking and feeding after every successful session. Both handlers should agree on a cue to end a session.

Each session should last only for about 5-10 seconds or as long as the dogs stay calm, gradually increasing the length of the session over time. If any of the dog shows undesirable behavior, however, stop the session immediately and evaluate the reason for such behavior.

Doing the above la clicker dog training in a consistent manner will prepare your dog to stay calm even in an intense, stimulating environment such as dog obedience la sessions. The trick is to do the training repeatedly until your dog knows how to expect a reward from you instead of showing an aggressive or reactive behavior.

The authors are writers for Mondex Professionals US.

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Jan 16, 2012 | 0 | Training

Sydney – Fruitloops Needs a Forever Home

Michelle says – Fruitloops is a Maltese Poodle cross – she’s supposed to be a purebreed but we think some Jack Russell is in there somehow. She turned one year old on November 10, and she’s desexed and up to date on her immunisations.

She loves to be with people and loves cuddles and massages; however, she is also very active and inquisitive during the day (except when she has her midday snooze).

She has been to puppy school, is toilet trained to go outside and also on a peepee pad, plus she does a few cute tricks like ‘high five’, tummy, sit, down, etc.

An ideal home would be an active family who at the end of the day will love to have her cuddle them in bed.

We love her very much, but my daughter has developed a medical condition which means that we unfortunately have to find her another loving home.

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Jan 13, 2012 | 0 | Looking for a Home

Pet First Aid – Be Prepared for Any Emergency

By Emmy E Bill

I consider my pets members of my family, and do my best to plan for emergencies as much as possible. It is important as a pet parent to be aware of your pet’s normal everyday behavior. Your pet cannot tell you when he/she is in pain or discomfort, it is up to you to identify if and when they need first aid.

Pet First Aid Kit:

To start, put together a pet first aid kit. Pet first aid kits can be purchased at many pet stores or you could ask your veterinarian for a list of items to combine or add. The kit will include items similar to a human first aid kit such as:

* Vetericyn Wound and Infection Spray

* Sterile gauze dressings

* 3% hydrogen peroxide

* Adhesive bandages

* Adhesive tape

* Rectal thermometer

* Cold pack

* Grooming clippers

* Eye wash

* Penlight

* Thermal blanket

* Antiseptic cream

The above products can be used for any pet; cat, dog or horse. Vetericyn Wound and Infection Spray, compared to the human product Puracyn and made by the same company, is a non-toxic spray that will kill 99.99% of infection and bacteria in less than 30 seconds increasing oxygen to the wound and promoting rapid healing.

It is also suggested that you include a list of phone numbers related to pet health or emergencies in the kit as well. Write down your veterinarian’s office number, a 24-hour animal clinic, the national animal poison control center, humane organization, and local animal shelters. Having this list of numbers on hand will save time and benefit your pet if an emergency occurs. Make sure that everyone in your family knows that this kit is for the family pet. Decide as a family where to put it so everyone knows where to find it in the case of an emergency.

Wound Care:

In the case that your pet has bleeding wounds, use gauze to apply pressure to the area which will promote clotting. If a trip to the vet is necessary, it is a good idea to call ahead and describe the injury; letting them know when you will arrive. Doing this will allow the staff time to prepare for your pet’s arrival.

Penetrating Objects:

Cats and dogs are known for being curious creatures that can get themselves into a mess of trouble at times. If your pet has been stabbed by a stick, arrow or other object and it is still in the pet, do not remove it yourself. Here is what you should do to make sure the object does not penetrate further into the animal:

1. Get a foam cup

2. Make a hole in the bottom of the cup and place it over the object

3. Tape the cup around the object, if the object is long gently cut the object 5 inches above the wound. If you do not have a foam cup or something similar

4. If you do not have a foam cup or something similar, gently wrap gauze around the object

5. Get to the vet immediately

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Be prepared for emergencies; if you are, the emergency won’t be quite as scary for you or your pet.

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Jan 08, 2012 | 0 | Dog first aid, Dog health