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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #18

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 18, 2019 2:02:00 PM

Allergies.  Yep, dogs and cats have allergies just like we do.  They can be allergic to specific foods, to bee stings, to pollen.  They can be allergic to pretty much the same things that cause reactions in us.

The good news is that they react to Diphenhydramine exactly as we do.  OK, that's Benadryl.  Same drug; same strength but there are a few caveats.

The dosage is 1-2 mg of Benadryl per pound of pet's bodyweight.  This is, obviously, a very forgiving calculation.  But if you are not good with numbers or are terribly nervous, ask your pharmacist help you with the calculations for your pup or kitty when you buy the Benadryl and keep the dosage taped to the package so you don't have to do the math in real time.  If you didn't do that, call your

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #17

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 17, 2019 2:16:00 PM


April showers not only bring May flowers but they bring mosquito larvae, heartworm, ticks and fleas.  Oh my!

But with the weather warming and moistening, things are definitely going into high gear

These are equal opportunity blood suckers.  With climate change, many vets are now keeping even their northern patients on heartworm prevention year round.  This writer has removed ticks after a hike in frozen February.  

Sometimes the prevention is more dangerous than the cure.  Most drug store bug repellants contain DEET which the FDA considers safe for human

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #16

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 16, 2019 2:22:00 PM

Call it an Elizabethan Collar, an E-Collar or a Cone of Shame it defines "adding insult to injury". First poor pup or kitty goes under the knife to lose their private parts or becomes play-toy of a bully at the dog park or eats something that has no way out other than via the knife.

That's the easy part. Then the well meaning, highly trained, brilliant, compassionate veterinarian puts Fido or Boots in The Collar and your pup or your kitty can't lie down, can't bend to eat, can't navigate corners, can't play.... oh, life is not worth living.  

Instead of the Cone of Shame aka Elizabethan Collar post surgery, discuss using a cloud collar with your vet. They aren't pleasant but they do accomplish pretty much what the cone does - keeps teeth and tongue from the surgical areas.  

First marketing by Kong but private labeled by Pet Smart and others, Cloud Collars are reminiscent of a traveler's neck pillow. They are much less cumbersome

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #15

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 15, 2019 2:09:00 PM

Lilies are beautiful but not if your cat eats them.  And preverse critters that many cats are, they take one look at an Easter lily and see lunch.

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #14

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 14, 2019 2:04:00 PM

Beware of sugarfree gum, candy and now, low sugar peanut butter.

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #13

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 13, 2019 2:17:00 PM

If you are like most of us, you store your cleaning materials under your sink.

And if your pup is like most pups, he is looking for things to amuse himself for the 8-10 hours a day that you are gone from his life.

Like the great explorers of history, pup wants to go places he's never gone before. But unlike the great explorers of history, he also 

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #12

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 12, 2019 2:23:00 PM

What is Poison Control?

Poison Control is a 24/7/365 service offered by the ASPCA to save pets' lives in the event of, shall we say, potentially lethal gustatory curiosity on the part of our pets.

How does it work and how should you use it?

Remember Pet Safety Tip #1 where we recommended making a page in your smartphone with pet's information including your vet's and emergency vet's contact info AND Poison Control's phone number? Please do that if you haven't already.  

Poisoning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in pre-senior pets, often because the owners do not know about this always-on-call, 

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PET SAFETY MONTH:  Where it all started - Happy Birthday ASPCA!

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 10, 2019 2:14:00 PM

They are our heroes!

In 1866, life was very different. Transportation relied primarily on horses. The streets stank and the horses were property that was expected to perform. Or pay the consequences.

In 1863, a New Yorker, a diplomat named Henry Bergh stopped a carriage driver from beating his fallen horse. The world was not a friendly place and certainly not for animals. Workhorses were forced to haul past the point of exhaustion. Dogcatchers stole pet dogs and held them for ransom.   Read More

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #9

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 9, 2019 2:05:00 PM

If an animal is bleeding, apply pressure with a ladies’ sanitary product on the wound to absorb the blood.  After all, that is what they were created for.  If, by chance, you have a clean baby diaper, that's even better.

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #8

Posted by Bark Master on Apr 8, 2019 2:06:00 PM

If you see something shimmery around a tree or garbage can keep your dog away.  Chances are that it is illegally placed rat poison and the same smelly rotten meat odor that is incorporated to attract rats is very attractive to dogs, too.  

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