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Pet First Aid Kit and Emergency Phone Numbers

A First Aid Kit For Your Pet Here is a list of first aid supplies that you should have on hand at all times. It’s a good idea to keep everything together in a box or bag so that you know where everything is in case of an emergency. Gauze squares Gauze roll Vet wrap […]

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How to Assess your Pets Condition

Before assisting your pet during an emergency you need to know what to assess and what normal vital signs are for your pet. Here are some guidelines you can follow: Locating your pet’s pulse: Lay your pet down on the right side, gently bend the left front leg at the elbow back till it touches […]

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Potential Food Toxins for your Pet

We may find some of the items on this list very tasty, but the following items on this list can be very toxic to our furry friends. Chinese Chives- hemolytic anemia Onions- hemolytic anemia Garlic- hemolytic anemia Raisins- kidney failure Grapes- kidney failure Macadamia nuts- neurotoxicity Apple Cores- cyanide poisoning Apricot, Cherry, Peach, and Plum […]

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Chocolate and your Pet

Chocolate may be America’s favourite flavour. We like chocolate candy, ice cream, chocolate drinks, chocolate cakes, just about anything with chocolate. We may want to share our favourite treat with an eager pet but it is best to think twice and reach for the dog biscuits instead. Why Is Chocolate Bad? Sometimes we eat chocolate […]

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Sprayed by a Skunk?

If your pet gets sprayed by a skunk, you first want to make sure that they are physically fine. If there is a scratch or puncture it is best to see your vet to avoid infection and to make sure you are up to date on your rabies vaccination. You will want to check your […]

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Ouch! Quills!

Porcupine quills can be very painful for your pet. It is important to have them removed as soon as possible. If there are a large number of quills, or if they are in the throat, mouth or eyes, your pet will need to be anaesthetized in order to completely remove them (and it will be […]

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Top 10 Human Drugs that Poison Pets

Last year the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) handled almost 90,000 cases of pets exposed to their owners medications. Pain relievers, such as over-the-counter ibuprofen, were the leading cause of poisoning. Potential dangers to your pet could be sitting on your nightstand or kitchen counter. The following is a list […]

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Toxic Plants for Cats and Possible signs of Poisoning

-Aloe Vera: diarrhea -Amaryllis bulbs: upset stomach, hyperactivity, lethargy, coma, shock, death -Apple seeds: rapid breathing, shock, dilated pupils, gum inflammation -Apricot seeds, pits: anxiety, breathing difficulty, convulsions, collapse, sudden death -Asparagus Fern: vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, tremors, heart, respiratory, kidney failure -Autumn Crocus bulbs: oral irritation, upset stomach, kidney failure, hyperactivity, lethargy, coma, shock, […]

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Toxic Plants for Dogs and Possible Signs of Poisoning

-Almond: vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea -Amaryllis: upset stomach, hyperactivity, lethargy, coma, shock, death -American Yew: vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea -Apple (leaves and stem): rapid breathing, shock, dilated pupils, gum inflammation -Apple seeds: varied toxic effects -Apricot: vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea -Apricot seeds: varied toxic effects -Asparagus Fern: vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps, tremors, heart, respiratory, kidney […]

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Treating and Preventing Heat Exhaustion

Unlike you and I, dogs cannot sweat a lot to cool off. They can only get rid of heat primarily through their tongues and airway. So dogs are in frequent danger of overheating, especially when the weather becomes humid and evaporation off the tongue is slowed down. Heat stroke can permanently damage a dog’s thermoregulatory […]

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