How To Protect Your Pets From Lawn Fleas & Ticks

Are You Protecting Your Pet from Lawn Fleas and Ticks?

 Even if your dog spends most of their time indoors, you as a pet owner still worry about fleas and ticks, so it's good to have a pet-friendly, pest-free yard.You can make certain your yard isn’t harboring fleas and ticks. And you don't need sprays that can harm your pet. Here's what to do.


Practice Smart Lawn Care

Keep it cut close and trim your shrubs. Short grass lets more sunlight reach the ground. That makes your lawn drier, so it's harder for fleas and ticks to live and breed.


Avoid Chemical Sprays

Plenty of them can rid your yard of fleas, ticks, and other insects, but many contain chemicals that are bad for pets, small children and you. Remember, your dog is low to the ground, where these products get applied. They also weigh less than you, so poison can affect them more. A pet who spends time on a sprayed lawn can spread chemicals to children through hugs or a shared bed. Even products that call themselves “natural” or have essential oils can hurt pets or kids.


Find Fleas 

First Don't treat your entire yard for these pests. Only target areas where you've seen them. Here’s how to hunt for fleas outside: Put on a pair of white socks and pull them up to your knees. Slowly walk around in the spots where your dog likes to wander. If fleas are there, they'll jump at you. You'll see their dark bodies against the socks.


Skip the Spray

If chemicals aren’t your thing, go to a garden supply store for nematodes. These tiny worm like critters are smaller than fleas and like to feed on them. But they won’t hurt pets or people. To apply them to your lawn, water the area first, spray on nematodes, then water again.


Try Tick Control

If you live next to a wooded area or your neighbor's yard has overgrown plants, cut back the brush on your side. Then create a gravel or wood-chip border 3 feet wide. This makes it hard for ticks to travel across to your lawn.If there are lots of these pests in your area and you want to use a chemical spray, look for safety advice from the Natural Resources Defense Council's Green Paws product guide.   or  The NRDC Tick and Flea Product Safety Directory**Avoid the use of any product containing pennyroyal oil it has been reported to cause seizures, comas, and even death in animals. Enjoy Your Summer with Your Pets Free of Pests .... !! 

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Natural Remedies to Soothe Your Dogs Itchy Skin

Should Your Dog Wear Sunscreen?

  Can your dog get Sunburn?  The answer is YES!


Just like people, Dogs are prone to sunburn and to other complications and diseases associated with over exposure to the sun.  Taking certain safety measures can lower your dog’s risk of developing serious sun-related medical issues. This includes choosing a sunscreen appropriate for dogs.

Sun Risks


Sunburn isn’t just painful for dogs; it can lead to more serious problem, like skin cancer and worsen conditions like autoimmune disorders and dermatitis. Luckily, a little careful planning can prevent your dog from catching too many ultraviolet (UV) rays.


Predisposed Dogs


Some dogs are more at risk for sunburn than others. Hairless dog breeds, such as the Xoloitzcuintli, Chinese Crested, and American Hairless Terrier, need sun protection when they are outside for long periods of time. Dogs with white or thin coats and dogs with light-pigmented noses and eyelids are also more at risk for sunburn, for example, Collies, Australian Sheepdogs, Dalmatians, Bulldogs, Whippets, and any dog with light or white pigment on their ears or near their nose. Even some dogs with thick coats of hair may experience hair loss from seasonal shedding or a health condition that may cause their coats to become very thin and may then be at greater risk for sunburn.


If your dog just loves to lie out on your patio and feel the sun’s warmth? According to AKC’s Chief Veterinarian, dogs that lie outside on concrete or on light surfaces, especially those that lie on their backs, can suffer sunburn.


Sunscreen for Dogs


Sunscreen protects dogs from sunburn. It can also cause problems. It’s highly important that you only use types of sunscreen that are specifically intended for use on dogs. They should not contain zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), as these ingredients are toxic to dogs if ingested, and dogs will often lick their skin and accidentally ingest the sunscreen. It’s also a good idea to use a non-scented sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 that is also waterproof.

How to Apply Sunscreen to Dogs

So how do you get your dog-safe sunscreen on your wiggly pup? Carefully. First, test a small amount on one spot to be sure it doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Next, be sure to put it on the spots most exposed to sunshine, such as the bridge of the nose, ear tips, skin around his lips, groin, and inner thighs – and anywhere else where pigmentation is light. When applying it to you dog’s head, be sure not to get any in his eyes. And once you apply the sunscreen, watch that your dog doesn’t lick it off for about 10 or 15 minutes – until it’s been absorbed.


You should apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before your dog goes out. And while he’s out in the sun, reapply the sunscreen every four-to-six hours or after your dog goes swimming.


Treating Sunburn in Dogs


Veterinarians advise that any time sunburn is visible as reddened, warm, or flaking skin, you should move your dog inside or at least into the shade as quickly as possible. Cool compresses and ointments may soothe the skin to help relieve the initial symptoms. Aloe may help a minor burn. However, if the burn is severe, you should call your veterinarian because treatment with a cortisone product may be needed to prevent inflammation. There may also be a secondary infection requiring antibiotics. If these complications do occur, the dog will need to be well protected from the sun in the future to prevent permanent damage.


Although sunscreen is important, it can’t be counted on to be 100 percent effective. “The best way to protect your dog from the sun is to keep him indoors or in the shade 


Enjoy Your Summer with Your Pet !!

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Pet Care: Standard First - Aid Kit p1/2

Standard First - Aid Kit for Your Pet

 

 Nothing is more terrifying for pet parents than experiencing an emergency with their pet. During emergency situations with your pets, it is important to gain your composure and calm down. Emergencies are scary and stressful for everyone, even the most trained people, therefore it is best to be prepared for pet emergencies before they happen, which can help pet parents overcome the immediate panic. After reading the following information, you should be able to put together your own “Pet First Aid Kit,” and you will have more confidence and comfort if you ever experience an emergency with your pet at home. The first thing to always remember is to contact your veterinarian immediately with any pet emergency. First-aid is not a substitute for veterinary care; however, if you are unable to do so, it may save your pet's life until you can reach your veterinarian. Any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. 


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Standard First - Aid Kit for Dogs & Cats P2/2

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Collect Important Phone Numbers

Your personal Vet

Vet nearest you

Nearest Animal Control Center

Nearest 24 hr Emergency Veterinary Clinic

Poison Control Center or Hotline

An emergency contact. Either a loved one or friend who may be able to help during an emergency. 

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Pet emergency paperwork  

 

It is always helpful to know your pet’s latest vaccination status, and keep appropriate medical records. Many times, in a state of emergency, it is hard to remember everything you need. If your pet’s paperwork is easily accessible in your Pet First Aid Kit, this will be helpful for your veterinarian for immediate treatment in an emergency. 

The records should include:

  • Vaccination status
  • Medical history of past illnesses
  • Current illnesses
  • A photo I/D of your pet

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Gather Comfy Blanket and Towels

Include:

Warm thick blanket you can use to keep him warm on the way to, and at the vet’s office. 

Clean towels -  They can be useful if your dog is bleeding.  

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Flower Remedies for Shock

Rescue remedy, or any other brand of flower essence therapy for shock is crucial. You’ll need to keep your dog calm, and this is key for that. The most common brand is Rescue Remedy, but your vet can recommend others.   

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Dressings for Wounds

Include plenty of: 

Gauze pads 

Cotton

Bandage tape (non-stick and medical tape) 

Q-tips, 

Elastic bandages to ensure you’re prepared for any flesh wounds.  (Bandages – large and small) 

Scissors with blunt ends

Tweezers 

Alcohol wipes and swabs

Pure Water (Spring or Distilled) 

Antiseptic Ointment

Saline Solution - to flush eyes

Hydrogen Peroxide  

 

Betadine antiseptic solution to clean wounds. This is an antiseptic used in hospitals and is available in large containers as well as smaller more convenient bottles.

Blood-clotting gel or powder or styptic powder to stop bleeding

Cold pack - the type that becomes cold when you fold the pack in half. This is to prevent or reduce swelling with a sprain or strain and to cool off pet if overheated)


Note:

There are also vet bandages, which don’t stick to fur or hair, and these are very wise addition to your first aid kit for pets. Be careful to not put them on too tightly. Check your pet’s paws often for warmth. If the paw gets cooler the bandage should be loosened as the circulation may be affected.

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Clean tools and vessels

Make sure you have a clean: 

Spray bottle 

Measuring cups and spoons 

An eyedropper 

One or two clean glass (preferred) or plastic bottles.  

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Pet emergency medications 
Keeping some medications in your Pet’s First Aid Kit can be helpful in emergency situations, but it is important to consult with your veterinarian regarding the appropriate dosing and whether these medications are safe or indicated for your pet: 


  • Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)- your veterinarian must tell you the correct dose before administering this medication
  • Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or small breed puppies with low blood sugar)- speak with your veterinarian before administering glucose paste or corn syrup to your pet
  • Enteric-coated Aspirin to relieve pain. This is for dogs only. Do not give to any other animal except dogs. Find out from your veterinarian the correct dosage and how often to administer for each size dog you have. Put this on the species card. Do not give any animal Ibuprofen or acetaminophen

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Baking Soda, Cider Vinegar, and Soap (Castile, or other natural type)

Baking Soda, Cider Vinegar, and Natural Soap   can help with a variety of topical issues like itching due to allergic reactions.  


Note:  Find a sturdy bag or plastic box for your kit. Remember, this is just a guideline, and since every dog is different, be sure to also consult with your vet.


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  I hope this helps everyone be a little more prepared and less panicked in case of a pet emergency. Having the essentials to deal with an emergency will help you feel more secure and ready to care for your beloved pet. Please update your Pet First Aid Kit every 6 months to make sure you have everything you need, and medications are not expired. And remember to keep the kit out of the reach of children. 


Additional Resources:

  • If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian. They are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
  • ASPCA National Animal Poison Control charges per incident and requires a credit card 888-426-4435 (follow up calls are free)
  • National Animal Poison Control Center of the University of Illinois charges for the first 5 minutes and  per minute thereafter 900-680-0000. The fee is charged to your phone
  • Pet Poison Helpline, available in Canada, the US and the Caribbean, charges per incident 1-800-213-6680
  • Americans can call the Kansas State University Veterinary Hospital for free 1-785-532-5679


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Pet Care: Why Pet Insurance?

Why Pet Insurance ?

 

 A few years ago, on New Year’s Eve while visiting my Parents, my Mother’s cat, Thunder (appropriately named) scratched my dog, Webster (pug), and he was left with one of the cat’s nails stuck in his eye. Well, after I scooped up my dog and yelled profanities at the cat, we were in the car headed towards the 24-hr. emergency pet hospital about 20 miles away. When we arrived, his eye was immediately checked (no bleeding), eye examine, antibiotic injections to prevent infection, antibiotic pill to be taken for 5 days and antibiotic eye ointment to be used 2x daily for 5 days. I did not care what it was going cost because Web was my baby and I would do whatever it took to take care of him…. Just like most loving  pet owners. 

When we were done, the attendant handed me a bill for 560.00 and I handed her my credit card. Thank goodness Web was fine and for that I would always be eternally grateful. The total cost after follow-up visits and the 2nd bottle of Champagne I drank that night for my nerves …. 865.00 !! 

I learned 2 very valuable lessons that night and they were “Keep the mean cat away from Web” 😜  and “Get Pet Insurance.”!!

Core coverage for most pet insurance plans includes accidents and illnesses. Accident coverage extends to bodily injuries that result from a specific, unexpected event, like if your pet falls down the stairs and breaks a leg. Illness coverage includes treatment for symptoms that are the result of an infection or disease. Keep in mind that any symptoms that can be traced to a pre-existing condition won't be considered eligible for coverage. All insurers require that your pet gets a vet checkup before enrolling to identify those preexisting conditions. Only about 4 percent of the market is made up of accident-only and wellness coverage.

Accident Coverage

Foreign body ingestion/swallowing a toy

Car accidents

Breaking or fracturing a bone

Lacerations

Insect bites (except fleas and ticks)

Illness Coverage

Infections

Ear illnesses

Eye illnesses

Flea borne illness

Pet insurance companies also offer "accident-only" plans that cover injuries but not illnesses. Insurance policies typically specify that the injuries must be unforeseen and unexpected to be considered an accident. This type of coverage includes most physical injuries that result from a specific incident, like a car accident or a bad fall. These plans are less comprehensive but more affordable, usually costing between $10 and $15 a month for both dogs and cats.

The most commonly excluded injuries are those that are a result of a hereditary issue—i.e., an injury that is triggered by genetic factors rather than a specific incident. Two other important exclusions of which to be aware are bilateral conditions and preexisting conditions.

Pre-existing conditions: A preexisting condition is any ailment that was identified by a vet prior to your pet's enrollment into an insurance policy. No pet insurers will currently cover preexisting conditions. Additionally, illnesses or injuries that are related to or closely identified with a previous condition are often considered pre existing and are ineligible for coverage.


Bilateral conditions: These are a subset of preexisting conditions. If your dog had an injury to one side of the body, like a torn ACL on the left leg, then insurance companies reason that there's a higher chance it will happen to the right leg. Because of this higher risk for injury, most insurance companies won't cover any ailment that has already happened to one side of your pet.

Hereditary conditions: This mostly applies to larger dog breeds. Joint and ligament problems like hip dysplasia and torn ACLs are often excluded from coverage. This is because such issues are common for older and larger dogs, whose weight places a burden on their bone structure and joints. Treatment is expensive for these conditions, so many insurers won't include them in their eligible coverage.

Routine and preventative care: If you want routine and preventative care, you'll have to enroll into a wellness or health benefits package that will reimburse some of those health costs. However, paying an extra monthly premium to be partially reimbursed for a regular vet visit doesn't make sense in most cases. In general, it's usually a better idea to skip out on wellness coverage and pay for those costs out of pocket.

The list of covered and excluded conditions will vary by insurer. In general, you'll end up paying more to have more accidents and illnesses covered. Some insurers allow pet owners to purchase endorsements to their plan, or add-ons, which expand the core coverage. Common endorsements are for things like spaying or neutering, wellness exams and preventative treatments. This extra coverage will typically increase your monthly premium by at least $10 to $15 dollars.

If you live somewhere with expensive vet costs or own an injury-prone dog, you can expect your monthly premium to be closer to $70 than $25. Similarly, you'll be paying a higher premium if you want to get more coverage and decide to decrease the deductible or increase your reimbursement level.

The average cost of pet insurance for both dogs and cats has been increasing, with rates rising between 21.4% and 26.7% in the last five years, depending on the type of policy.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Pet Insurance Companies by Consumer Advocate

Pet Insurance not for you ……

If you don’t want to pay for pet insurance, consider one of the following:

1. Starting an emergency savings fund for pet care instead. 

2.  If you find you need help with a big pet medical bill, the Humane Society has a list of organizations that may help pay for it.

Prevention is always best …….

Regular Flea Treatments - Fleas can cause life-threatening anemia, and ticks can spread Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. An inexpensive topical solution can keep the bugs at bay.

Have your pet neutered - Doing so can help prevent health problems, including some cancers. Many shelters or chapters of the ASPCA provide low-cost or no-cost spay or neuter surgery.






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Pet Care: How to Clean Your Dog's Teeth

This is a great training video. It will show you how to train your puppy so that your are able to clean their teeth regularly. This is a must for maintaining good dental and physical health for your dog and save you $$$$ too ...


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Pet Care : What Not To Do With Your Dog

  

          Don't:




Overfeed Them -Treats are a great way to motivate good behavior, don't overdo it and look for healthier treat options 
Forget About Their Teeth - A Doggie Toothbrush is best
The Wrong Collar - Great Collar Ideas
Neglect To Spay Or Neuter - This one is so important to avoid unexpected pregnancies. 
Share Dangerous Food
Hit Your Dog
Use A Crate As Punishment-You want your dog to associate the crate with being safe and sound, not with being in trouble. never, ever use it as punishment.




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