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Animal Gun Shot Wounds

In Health Tips on May 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

If your pet was shot by a gun, no matter the location, you are going to want to get him/her to the vet a.s.a.p. But before getting into the car there are a few things to do.

If you can, try and see if your pet is still breathing and has a pulse. If not begin CPR. Start by giving your pet 5-10 breaths by closing their mouth and breathing into their nose. You should see their chest rise. If there is no pulse, being compressions to the chest. Your pet can be laid on their side and you can give compressions on the side of the chest. Rotate between breaths and compressions.

If you have a second person, have them try to apply pressure to the wound. If you are in the middle of a field use as clean of a shirt or piece of material you have. Either apply pressure with your hands or wrap it around.

Next, get into your car and get to the vet. If you can, try and call to give them a heads up, this way they can be prepared!

At the vet let them know everything you have done. Most likely they are going to ask if you would like CPR preformed and then take your pet away from you into their emergency room. I know you will want to go with, but it truly is best if you stay in the waiting room. While you wait clean yourself up a bit. Someone will come back to update you and get information about what it going on as soon as they can.

This is a very real problem. Many hunting dogs will accidentally be shot when out and about in the field. Just be prepared to take action! What questions do you have?

Here is a video to learn more about performing CPR on pets. 

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Cupid’s arrow: More Deadly for Pets

In Health Tips on February 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm


imagesValentines day isn’t just bad for those of you who are single. When receiving chocolate and flowers from loved ones, family, and friends, dog and cat owners need to remember Valentines gifts can be deadly.

Dog owners are told time and time again that chocolate is toxic to dogs. But are you ever told why? Theobromine, which is a main ingredient in chocolate, is deadly. The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains.

When dogs eat chocolate, you might notice your dog vomiting, having diarrhea, or being hyperactive. Over time, the theobromine is absorbed slowly. In humans it usually takes about 40 minutes to absorb. In dogs, it takes about 18 hours for just half the amount to absorb. With time your dog’s heart rate will increase causing arrhythmias, restlessness, muscle twitching, and excessive panting. If you don’t start treatment soon and if your dog has eaten too much your dog could become over heated, have seizures, and even die.

There is one safe chocolate out there for your furry child. White chocolate! White chocolate does not contain any theobromine so it is safe to give your pet. Many doggy treats are dipped in white chocolate. Though, you don’t want to fill your dogs bowl with a huge bar of white chocolate. I may be safe, but if they eat too much, it can cause some gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. So unless you want a dog causing a mess, limit the amount of chocolaty treats!

Now, for cat owners, you probably know a few key plants and flowers which are toxic for your cat. But you might not be aware of all of the poisonous plants out there. I would love to list them all but it would take me hours and it would take you forever to read them all.  Instead here are a few common Valentines flowers that are toxic: Roses cause bone depletion, Hibiscus cause vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia; Tulips cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, and hypersalivation. The highest concentration of toxicity is in the bulb. Carnations can cause mild GI signs like vomiting and diarrhea. Iris’ cause salivation, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and the highest concentration in the rhizomes.

Now, if you have a lot of plants and flowers in your house, the ASPCA website has a great list of poisonous plants listed. It also tells you what signs you will see if your cat eats said plant. Remember, just take a look at the website to get an idea before you notice your cat chomping on your new flowers!

Again, Valentines can be a special day, but as a pet owner you need to remember that what you receive might not be good for your ‘kid’. Are there any other Valentines gifts I may have forgotten? If so, list them!

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