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

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

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

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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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #7

Don’t let pup your dog ride in the front seat of your car.  A sudden stop can cause him to go flying through the windshield.  Keep him in the backseat secured with a doggie seatbelt harness system or in a crate.

Even in the back seat, don't let him hang out the window.  Likewise, a sudden stop can cause severe damage, sending him flying.  If he loves the wind - most dogs do - belt him next to the open window. 


Amazon offers a doggie seat belt for $7.60, an investment in doggie safety well worth making.  

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #6

If your pup or kitty ate or inhaled marijuana bring him to the vet immediately and be honest about what happened so the vet can treat appropriately.  Veterinarians are not required to report marijuana use and they don’t.  Their concern is to treat.  They can only treat approriately if you are honest and tell them what happened.

Both dogs and cats can be affected by inhaling marijuana, but dogs are much more likely to eat, say, brownies with weed because like us they love sweets.  Cats are obligate carnivores and do seek out sugar.

Note, as dogs and cats are much smaller than w

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #4

Tip #4

If you are having an emergency and have to move a heavy dog who cannot get up, roll them on to a bath towel and drag the towel with pup on it. You can even use the towel as a sling and have two people slide or carry the dog.

 

If you have to move a very heavy dog a long distance, especially up or down stairs, and it is not a timed emergency, call AmbuVet. Their number is easy: (800)AmbuVet. Explain your predicament and they will

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PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #3

Tip #3

If a pup is conscious and choking on something, trying to get it up, much like with humans, let nature take its course. You can do a modified Heimlich maneuver by pressing below a dog or cat’s rib cage in time with their own thrusts to throw it up. Just as with a human, be sure the thrusts are below the ribs.

 

You can do this between your thighs for a large dog, under your arm for a small dog or a cat.

If the animal goes down, straighten out its neck and pull its tongue out between its front teeth so you can look down its throat to see if there is a blockage. Use the light from your smartphone to see, If the animal is unconscious,

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APRIL IS PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save your pet's life - Tip #2

Tip #2

Do not leave your medication where your dog or cat can get at it easily.  

They see you take something out of a bottle and “eat" it every morning.  Don’t give them the opportunity to try it themselves.  Keep any medications inside a cabinet or high enough where apet cannot reach it.  Do NOT leave your meds on your night table or even the kitchen table wh

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APRIL IS PET SAFETY MONTH: 30 tips in 30 days that can save you pet's life - Tip #1

April is Pet Safety Month.  This just happens to coincide with the ASPCA’s birthday and we are celebrating in a big way, sharing tips and tricks that could save your pet’s life.

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