3 Tips For Dealing With Dog EmergenciesWritten by Mark Eckenrode
3 Tips For Dealing With Dog Emergencies by Mark Eckenrode
Have you ever thought about what you need to do should your dog – or another dog – ever suffer a serious, life-threatening injury? What if they have a severe allergy to an insect bite or a bee sting? It’s great to know your vet’s phone number, but what if something happens during off hours? What if you don’t know where closest emergency animal clinic is located?
Augh! Enough with questions already, right? Any emergency is stressful and scary, and one involving that furry little four-legged member of your family is no exception. The toughest of owners can be instantly reduced to helpless balls of mush if something’s wrong with their dogs and they can’t figure out what to do.
1. Preparation is key.
The key to getting through a veterinary emergency is preparation. You may think you have that covered with a first aid kit and having phone number to your vet handy, but what if there isn’t enough time to move your dog? You need to be well-versed in some of more common animal emergencies just in case a situation ever arises. And hey, if a situation never arises, you’ll still feel more confident knowing that you have ability to deal with one.
2. Know how to care for wounds.
Did you know that you shouldn’t use hydrogen peroxide on a bleeding wound? Nope. It slows clotting to area, which means your dog could actually lose more blood than he would if you didn’t use peroxide at all. In fact, best way to treat a deep, severely bleeding wound is to apply a clean cloth and hold it in place for five minutes, then tape cloth to wound. That original cloth should never be removed – that also slows clotting – and should instead be layered with more clean cloths if blood soaks through.
3. Know what to do about poisoning.
4 Ways In Which You Can Show Your Dog How Much You Love HimWritten by Mark Eckenrode
4 Ways In Which You Can Show Your Dog How Much You Love Him by Mark Eckenrode
Do you have at least one framed photo of your dog somewhere in your house... or maybe in your wallet? Is your dog pretty darn close to being very center of your universe? Do you love spoiling him, respond to his every whimper and cry, and spend hundreds of dollars on gourmet treats? To say that dogs are man's best friend is anything but a cliché. You might be most miserable person in world without a friend to your name... but your dog will treat you like royalty every time you walk through door. So how do you repay that unconditional love and devotion? There are hundreds of different ways!
1. Spoil him rotten.
A lot of people spend a lot of money at chic pet boutiques, dressing their dogs in hundred-dollar sweaters and paying for meticulous pawdicures. They buy diamond studded collars and give their dogs rooms all to themselves. You probably don’t have budget for things like that, right? You can still spoil your dog with simple, everyday things that cost you absolute minimum. Next time your pooch needs a bath, focus on giving him a massage while you’re working shampoo into his coat. Take him out for a drive once each week and dress according to weather so you can open a window and let his head hang out, his ears flapping in breeze. Or you can…
2. Stuff him silly.
Your dog lives by food! It drives every thought he has, every impulse in his body. But you’re more rational, you know that food needs to be both delicious and nutritious to make sure he has as long and happy a life as possible. Why not try making some homemade treats and dog food that are absolutely packed with all of vitamins and nutrients he needs? Bake him a delicious, healthy cake for his next birthday, then share a few cookies with him!
3. Prepare for worst.
If you know exactly what to do in a tough situation or an emergency, you infinitely increase chances that your dog will be around for a long time to come. Do you know what to do when he’s choking? You should lay your dog on his side and place one hand on his back and other on his stomach just behind his rib cage. Using stomach hand, push in and toward throat twice, but without too much force. If you can see a foreign object, sweep your fingers through his mouth to remove it. If he’s still choking, place your mouth over his nose and exhale until his chest rises. Repeat once, and then thrust two more times. Continue until he coughs out obstruction. Now consider what would happen if he started to choke and you had no clue what to do, then ended up spending 10 minutes calling vets and driving him there. Making sure you’re prepared to care for his health and wellbeing is a great way to show him how much you love him.