FYI

How to make a pet first aid kit?

Spring & summer mean not only are we more active outside, but so are our pets! Today, we decided to make a quick how-to guide for putting together your very own Pet First Aid Kit!

Please note, this is not a comprehensive or exhaustive list. If your pet has a favorite snack, that is a good thing to add! Does your pet have any regular medications? Also, a great addition. Please see the bottom of this post for great online sources to learn more!


Per First Aid Kit Checklist

Here are the absolute essentials for what goes in your pet’s first aid kit. A lot of these items work for human first aid too so feel free to make a combo human + pet kit!

  • Important phone numbers:
    • Pet Poison Control
    • Your primary vet’s office
    • The nearest pet ER
    • Animal control (if anyone else’s pet is involved)
    • Non-emergency police
    • The nearest pet boarding facilities
  • Digital thermometer
    • This is especially useful for hyperthermia (overheating) & hypothermia (getting too cold)
  • Muzzle: even NON-aggressive patients can bite when injured and/or scared (even people)
  • Leash & collar with ID
  • Gauze roll or ACE BANDAGE
  • Spare towels & washclothes
    • For cleaning and as bandage material
  • Medical tape (non-stick tape)
  • Oral syringe (like the kind that come with children’s medicine)
  • Non-scented medical lubricant To protect eyes & wounds
  • Activated charcoal
    • To absorb toxins in the body
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
    • This is to induce vomiting if needed: but please ALWAY contact Pet Poison Control or a veterinarian before induing vomiting
    • Please note: hydrogen repeatedly used in wounds kills new cells (hence the fizzing) & will slow down healing
  • Saline Solution (contact solution)
    • To clean wounds
  • Location of pet carrier (small dogs & cats)

Quick Pet Disaster Tips

These tips are for YOUR safety & your pet’s!!

  1. If your pet is injured, they are likely scared, confused, & panicky! Please try to not be bitten, scratched, or hurt.
    1. A hurt you cannot help a hurt them
  2. Please do not hug an injured pet. You may accidentally hurt them & they may not respond the way you expect them too!
  3. When you are checking them for wounds, please go slowly & gently
    1. If they get more & more agitated, pause and give them a minute.
  4. Drive carefully to your vet clinic
    1. A hurt you cannot help a hurt them

Being Financially Prepared

There are many strategies for being financially prepared for a disaster. Of course having savings in the bank is the most common form of preparedness! We do have some other recommendations as well.

Our favorite pet insurance: Trupanion

We have recently partnered with Trupanion pet insurance! It is an affordable insurance that covers accidents, illnesses, & injuries. Our favorite thing about them is that they pay your vet directly. So no waiting on tiresome reimbursements.

Want to learn more? Here are some great links!

Pet Poison Control:

https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/

Pet ER: Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists:

https://okvets.com/

Online Pet First Aid Classes:

https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/cat-dog-first-aid

Guide for Pet CPR:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ibd4edu1Zhs

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (918)865-4733!

Just for Fun

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a great time for family-friendly fun and sugary sweets! It is always a fun time dressing up our furry friends and posting adorable pictures of their costumes too! But the fun and games are cut short when Fido eats the Halloween candy and we have to rush to the ER. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to ensure that everybody enjoys this holiday weekend!

No Sweets for Sweetie

Before and after trick-or-treating, please remember to keep Halloween candy safely up and away from your furry friends! They are a treat for you but a trick for them! Many candies contain chemical toxic to your pets such as chocolate, gum, and xylitol.

Chocolate

Chocolate, in the right amount, it toxic to any animal. The common symptoms start with vomiting and diarrhea, but can progress to seizures and more. The key is, how much chocolate is toxic to your pet? In terms of toxicity, it worsens from white chocolate to milk, to dark in increasing amounts. We have added a quick chocolate calculator for your dog! If your dog or cat does eat any amount of chocolate, we highly recommend consulting with a veterinarian.

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Keep Pumpkins away from Pumpkin

We have all heard that pumpkin can be good for your pet and that is totally right, but only pure, unseasoned pumpkin NOT jack-o-lanterns. Especially jack-o-lanterns with candles in them! Your pet may decide to investigate or eat them and they end up knocked over!

Other potential decorations risks include rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (potential poisons), and fake cobwebs (common foreign bodies and choking hazards).

Party Poopers are Okay

Before the trick-or-treating starts, we highly recommend putting your pets, especially those that are protective of the house or have anxiety, in a quiet room away from the ruckus. Sometimes even just moving their kennel or bed will encourage them to stay tucked away. This gives them a safe, quiet place for them to relax. It takes away the need to protect the house from trick-or-treaters and away from all the ruckus. That way they can relax and snooze the night away.

Questions? Concerns? Please don’t hesitate to call us or find us on Facebook!

FYI

Do’s & Don’t’s of Doggy Treats: Over-indulging

We all know our doggy bffs LOVE their treats, and we love giving them a little indulgence every once and awhile! But we have to be responsible with our choices. The wrong kinds of snack OR the right kinds of snacks in the wrong quantities can be harmful to our doggie.

We all know about human obesity. Unfortunately, as human obesity grows more common, so does pet obesity. It is very common to see obese pets with complications in today’s Veterinary world. Here are some examples of how our food love language may not be helping this problem.

Treats are a great way to bring a little joy to your pet’s day, but only in the appropriate quantities. Your dog will be just as excited about a PIECE of a hotdog as the whole thing! So keep this in mind as your pamper your favorite pooch!

Questions? Concerns?Please don’t hesitate to give us a call or message us below!