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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!

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Happy Vet Tech Week!!

Cartoon rainbow and red heart with text Thank you. National Vet Tech Week annual event.

This week is a special time to thank and show appreciation to our awesome vet techs, assistants, receptionists, and kennel techs. We need each and every one of them to make it through the day. What do they do exactly? They are nurses, anesthesiologists, emotional support, bloodwork technicians, clean-up crew, and so much more! They deserve ALL of our respect and love!

Meet our Superhero Support Staff

Debbie

Debbie has been with the Mannford Animal Clinic since 1979.  She is our head receptionist andFullSizeRender.jpg.jpeg practice manager, making sure our practice runs smoothly!

Debbie and her husband have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping! Debbie’s animal companions include Abby the Yorkie and Daisy the (tiny) Yorkie.

Esther

Esther has been with the Mannford Animal Clinic for 11 years! She is our head laboratory technician and inventory specialist.FullSizeRender.jpg

Esther and her husband have 3 daughters who are very active in sports and other activities. Esther’s family likes to go camping and they enjoy the traveling that goes along with having a competitive gymnast in the family! Esther has a rescued pit bull, Shera (a.k.a. Nurse Shera), who is a frequent visitor at the clinic.

Robin

Robin has been working with her father-in-law, Dr. Lasarsky, since January 2009. She is Robin.pngone of our technicians as well as our weekend receptionist.

Robin and her husband have 2 children. They love family road trips, especially to national parks. Aside from hiking and exploring, they also enjoy sitting down together for family dinners.  They have 2 cats, Ella and Vicious, and 2 dogs, Mr. Iba and Pistol Pete (can you tell they love the Pokes?).

Christian

Christian has been with the Mannford Animal Clinic since July 2014. Christian is a certifiedIMG_4215 veterinary assistant, and maintains our surgical suite, as well as ensuring the comfort of our hospitalized patients.

Christian and her husband have 2 young sons. Their family enjoys outdoor activities and spending quality time together. Christian has 4 dogs, Mary Jane, Patches, June, and Vienna (a chi-weenie!), and one cat, Trini.

Sydney

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Sydney has been our kennel technician for 4 years going on 5! She is active in FFA and enjoys raising show pigs and working with cattle. She plans to attend veterinary school in the future!

She has 3 dogs, Buddy, Shadow, and Diesel, and 2 cats, Tigger and Bonnie. She also has chickens and a pig!

 

Erika

Erika is our newest kennel technician! She is fromimage0-1 Kellyville and is very active in softball and basketball! She is very bright and is keeping her options open for her future! 

She has two dogs, Shera and Pip. Shera is one of our original clinic dogs while Pip is one of our new additions!  

Candra

image0(1)Candra is our rock star vet-tech student. She is married with 3 kids: Jack, Sam, Elly. Candra also has 4 dogs: Finn (one of our recent rescue surgeries), Mango, Odie, and Mr. Bojangles with 1 kitty can, Stormy. She is in her second of three years of tech school and doing a fantastic job!

In her spare time, Candra loves the outdoors, spending time with her family, and is a voracious bookworm!

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Well, I have never seen ticks on my dog…

We all know that tick diseases are not only potentially deadly, but are extremely common in Oklahoma. Everybody has gone outside on the Fourth of July and come back with ticks. And “seed ticks” (which are really just juvenile ticks) count! But, how often do you really, actually look for them? They can be as small as a poppy seed!

If you walk outside in any form of grass, ticks are just waiting to hop on. GROSS! But we very commonly hear that owners do not give flea and tick prevention because they have never seen ticks on their pets. Which is a valid point. But not all ticks are those huge, engorged, quarter-sized ticks. If you see those you are in big trouble! We are also concerned with the typical-sized tick. The one before it is fed. How small are those? The CDC posted a picture answering that exact question!

So let me ask you now, have you ever really, actually looked for ticks on your pet? Because they are reeeeallly small. Roughly the size of a poppy seed. And have you looked between the toes? In the mouth? Under the tail? Probably not. How do we fix it? Tick prevention to the rescue! Our favorite for of tick prevention is Simparica Trio! It prevents ticks, fleas, AND heartworms, all in one pill! Call us or send us a message to find out more!

Questions? Want to learn more about tick prevention? Give us a call at (918)865-4733 or send us a message!