Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish
Best Friends Pet Care : The Dog Dish

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It’s Spring! Time to Start Thinking About Fleas and Ticks…

Happy Spring! Can you believe that spring has officially begun? Time for spring cleaning, changing the batteries in the smoke alarms, and time to start thinking about spending some more time outdoors. Depending on where you live, this means that our furry family members will be outside more and will be exposed to those pesky fleas and ticks. Fortunately, as a responsible pet parent, you are going to be proactive about their protection.

As you may know, there are A LOT of flea and tick products out there. Your veterinarian and the veterinary team are your best resource in determining which product is the best for your particular needs. They can also help you make sure that the product is labeled for use in dogs or cats and that it is the right strength based on your pets weight and age.

If you are going to use a topical product, be sure to follow the label directions carefully. Your veterinary team can also help show you how to apply these if you’ve never used them before. Be sure to wash your hands after applying and don’t let children or other pets play with the pet until the product has been completely absorbed and the area is dry. If you have multiple pets in the house, it may be easiest to treat them all at once and then put them all is separate rooms until the medication is absorbed into the skin.

If you live in a house with both dogs and cats, you may think that you can use the same flea and tick products for both. DON’T! Cats are actually very sensitive to many of the medications that are used in dog flea and tick products so if you use a dog product on a cat, you can make them VERY sick (these intoxications can sometimes even be fatal).

The flea and tick products that are prescribed by a veterinarian have been extensively tested for safety and efficacy. Sometimes however, an individual animal can have an unexpected response. If you are using a flea and tick product for the first time on your pet, be sure to keep an eye on them for a few hours following application. If you see any vomiting, lethargy, difficulty walking, etc., call your veterinarian right away for advice and bathe your pet with warm water and soap to remove any residual product.

Using flea and tick preventives not only protects our pets against rashes, itching, and hair loss but they are also critical in protecting our furry family members against life-threatening infections that are transmitted by these pests. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian today to ensure that your pet is protected.

To find a Best Friends affiliated veterinary hospital near you, click here.

Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, Dog safety, Dogs, Health, Pet advice, Pet behavior, Pet health, Pet info, Pets, Tips, Vet

Hero Dog Saves Puppies from Forest Fire

It’s not quite Mother’s Day yet, but after hearing this story and watching the video, we wanted to honor one very special mother.

This story comes out of Valpairaso, Chile where firefighters were battling a raging forest fire last week. Thousands of people evacuated their homes and amongst the chaos… a miracle took place.

In one section of town, the firefighters were trying to put out the flames from a pile of tires that had caught fire. A bystander then informed them that he had seen a dog digging a large hole in the same area. The firefighters used this information to locate the hole where they found nine little puppies buried inside.

The mother of these pups must have sensed the impending danger and took action. She dug a deep burrow where she buried the puppies in order to protect them from the deadly blaze and suffocating smoke. After the puppies were tucked away she ran from the scene and sought safety for herself.

Thanks to this courageous dog mother, the caring community and the firefighters, all nine pups made it out of the blaze alive and well and were reunited with their mom!

You can see the puppies and the incredible rescue in the video below.

 

To read more about this story click here.

Are you prepared to protect your pets in case of emergency or natural disaster? Click here to learn more.

Tags: Dog safety, Dog stories, Dogs, Pet health, Pet info, Pet videos, Pets, Safety

Preventing Accidental Poisoning in our Pets

Did you know that March 15th through the 21st is Poison Prevention Week? As a member of our Best Friends family, we want to help you keep all of your furry family members safe so here are a few tips on how to keep an accidental poisoning from happening in your home.

As a pet parent, you probably already know that your pets are very curious and like to get into things. One of their favorites is the trash can. If you can’t keep these out of site in a cabinet, then be sure all trash cans and diaper pails have locking lids. Move any open storage containers to a closet or up to a high shelf.

Prevent Accidental Pet Poisoning

Prevent accidental pet poisoning. Keep your pets safe with these helpful tips.

Also remember, just because the medication lid says “child-proof”, doesn’t mean it will be dog proof. Accidental ingestion of over-the-counter or prescriptions medications is a common reason that pets are brought in to the emergency room, so be sure to keep all of these out of reach at all times.

Other potential hazards that pet owners often forget about are backpacks and purses. These may contain medications or sugar-free gums or candies that can be toxic to pets, so be sure to keep them off the floor and out of reach as well.

Don’t forget to dog- and cat-proof the garage or floor level cabinets where you store cleaning supplies or solvents. If your pets spend any time in the garage, be sure all of these items are stored out of reach. Cabinets should be locked or securely fastened with baby-proofing latches to keep them from being pried open by curious paws. If any of these chemicals are spilled, be sure to clean up the spill right away. This is especially true for antifreeze which can be fatal if ingested (or even licked off of wet paws).

Prevention is the best medicine but, if you do have a pet emergency, be prepared. If it’s not already in there, put your veterinarian’s number in your phone so you don’t have to look it up in the event of an emergency. Another good resource to have at your disposal is the Pet Poison Helpline. This site has a comprehensive list of pet poisons and provides consultations (for a fee) in the event of an intoxication.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested a toxin, call your veterinarian right away. If you can tell them exactly what your pet ingested, they can do a better job of telling you what to do, so be sure to have the bottle or packaging handy if you can. It’s also important to be honest about what your pet may have gotten into. An emergency is not the time to be embarrassed or afraid of what your vet may think.

DON’T induce vomiting or give your pet a home remedy until you talk to a veterinary professional – you can sometimes do more harm than good. If your pet vomits on their own and you aren’t sure if what they ate is toxic, be sure to collect any packaging or plant material they throw up so you can describe it or show it to the vet.

As anyone who has been a pet parent knows, our pets can be mischievous and get themselves into trouble. Your best defense is to be proactive and vigilant about their surroundings so that you can prevent an accidental poisoning.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your nearest Best Friends veterinarian. For a list of our locations, please visit our locations page.

 

Tags: Ask the Vet, Pet health, Pet Poisoning, Pet Safety, Pets, Vet
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