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All good pet parents want to keep their babies safe, and that means preparing for potential disasters. One of the best ways is creating a first aid kit. But it's not always one size fits all. While there are pre-made kits aplenty, building your own or adding to a ready-made one may be the best option to customize a kit for your pet's needs — with input from your vet, of course. Items to Include:

  • Scissors with blunt ends to remove items from matted fur or to free your pet from entanglements
  • Sterile eyewash: Use eyewash, not contact lens solution.
  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers to remove splinters and other foreign materials from wounds
  • Tick remover tool: Consider one of many on the market to free ticks and reduce additional damage or infection during removal. Examples include the Tick Twister or Tick Key.
  • Ear wash: Ask your vet which one is best for your pet.
  • QuikClot or something similar to stop bleeding wounds
  • Tape: 1-inch white medical tape is easy to tear and holds well.
  • Roll gauze for bandaging, to stop bleeding and as padding for splints
  • Antiseptic wash or wipes: Look for non-stinging ingredients including chlorhexidine or betadine. Do not use rubbing alcohol on open sores or wounds.
  • Cotton balls
  • A muzzle or materials to make a muzzle; even well-trained animals may bite when injured or afraid.
  • Extra towels, washcloths and a blanket for washing, keeping warm/cool, and to transport the injured pet, if necessary
  • Diphenhydramine (aka Benadryl) for stings and allergic reactions; ask your vet about proper dosing.
  • Syringe or large eyedropper to flush wounds or give fluids by mouth
  • A list of phone numbers including your regular vet, an emergency vet, animal control, and animal poison control numbers
  • Paperwork for your pet (in a waterproof container or bag) including proof of rabies vaccination, important medical records and a current photo of your pet.
  • Rectal thermometer and petroleum jelly: A dog's average temperature is 101 F.
  • Sugar packets for diabetic emergencies. Dr. Mandy DuBose's kit also includes honey and Karo syrup.
  • Small container of flour or corn starch to stop bleeding nails that are broken or cut to the quick, hydrogen peroxide, hot/cold packs, and Triple Antibiotic Ointment
  • Extra leash, collar, water, pet food, poop bags, flashlight and matches
  • First Aid Book: The Safe Dog Handbook or Dog First Aid from the American Red Cross
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If you suspect that your pet has swallowed a toxic substance, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435. Trained toxicologists will consider the age and health of your pet, what and how much he ate, and then make a recommendation, including whether to induce vomiting, based on their assessment.
With a deadly new strain of canine influenza already reported in Charleston, veterinarians are on high alert, believing that it's not a matter of if it will arrive here but when. 

Atlanta has confirmed 200 cases and at least 1,300 dogs have gotten sick across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. The H3N2 strain is particularly dangerous because a vaccine currently isn't available. The H3N2 strain is thought to have come into the U.S. in March from South Korea and has quickly spread from the Midwest to the Southeast. 

An effective vaccine for the more common American strain, H3N8, commonly given to high risk dogs with compromised immune systems, is available but it's unlikely to provide any protection from H3N2 because the two flu viruses are different genetically. Neither strain of dog flu has been found in humans, but the new strain has been reported in cats that had direct contact with an infected dog. 

To prevent the flu from affecting your pet, keep puppies or immune-deficient dogs away from other dogs. Watch for signs of coughing, runny nose, or high fever, and call your vet as soon as possible. H3N2 is most contagious in the first four days of infection. Humans can't catch it, but they can spread it. Be especially vigilant if you board your dog or play in crowded parks. Most cases clear up in about a week, but if left untreated, the virus can lead to more serious complications. 

Very young and very old dogs are at higher risk of developing complications because of compromised immune systems, as well as breeds with pushed-in noses including pugs, bulldogs and Pekingese.
We're told it will make Bowser's tail wag. Let us know if it's a hit or miss in your kitchen. 
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 8 ounce package of frozen broccoli, carrots and cauliflower combination
Place water, ground turkey, cooked rice, and rosemary into a large Dutch oven or iron skillet. Stir until the ground turkey is broken and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add frozen vegetables, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Refrigerate until using. Makes 10 servings.

Dr. DuBose says cooked rice is much easier for dogs to digest. In fact, she soaks rice in water overnight before cooking it. "Otherwise, it just comes out the other end."
Laser therapy allows your pet to regain mobility and strength at a much faster rate than other treatments by eliminating pain and reducing inflammation. This is especially beneficial for animals recovering from surgery or injury and for older pets depressed by inactivity. Laser therapy also helps to release endorphins. These are an animal's natural painkillers. They reduce stress and anxiety, relax muscles and elevate your pet's mood. 

With a wand, we apply a laser light to the diseased or injured area, careful to keep the laser moving. That's when the "magic" happens. Laser stimulates activity within cells to nourish them and remove toxins and waste. Inflammation and pain decrease and blood flow increases to help tissue repair more quickly.

Learn More: Facts about our Companion Laser Therapy Treatment » 
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