Valentines Day for many is a source of unpleasantness. Maybe you don’t think you have a loved one to share the day with. Or maybe you feel pressured to do something special for your significant other. To me Valentine’s Day is about treating yourself and others with love. If you don’t love and take care of yourself who will?
Your pets love you uncondtionally and remind us every moment of every day if only we will listen. No matter what our day has been like or, how much money we make or what we look like, pet owners are loved.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day and every day that you are blessed with that unconditional love.
No matter where you are we here at NEPG love to hear stories of pets enjoying themselves. What did your pet find under the tree??? share..share..share…
5 quarts popcorn, popped
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
In saucepan, combine sugar, water, and corn syrup.
Cook to hard-stage (250 F). Add vanilla.
Pour slowly over hot popped corn, mixing well to coat every kernel.
Use a piece of string to make a loop to hang this with later on.
The bird will use the string in their nest as well
Press into balls (butter hands if necessary). Try not to burn your hands.
Roll the popcorn balls into birdseed before they cool.
Then set aside and allow to cool, then simply hang them outside on a branch for birds and squirrels to enjoy!
*tip* I wouldn’t hang this somewhere you don’t want bird droppings!
*tip* Make sure it is high enough that cats and dogs cannot get the birds easily.
DOG HEALTH CARE
All About Dogs and Vomiting
Have you ever watched in disgusted amazement as your dog, who has just vomited on the rug, feverishly tries to eat it up before you can get to it? This behavior may seem bizarre to us but in the dog world it is par for the course and is considered a delightful course indeed. Dogs probably strive too hard to eat their vomit because 1. their mothers regurgitated food for them when they were puppies and 2. their heightened sense of smell reveals the actual food particles in it.
Some vomiting is normal for dogs. Dogs vomit for many reasons including an irritated stomach, eating too fast or too much, or sometimes because of nervousness. A large amount of the time, vomiting is not something to worry about but sometimes it can indicate a serious condition. If your dog vomits once or more a week and it is accompanied by diarrhea, lethargy, or loss of appetite, check with your vet. The trick is know a bit about canine vomiting, what to do, and when to haul your butt to the emergency vet.
How to Know Your Dog is Going to Vomit
This may seem silly but it helps to know the signs of a dog getting ready to vomit so you can have necessary equipment on hand before the expulsion. A well-prepared dog owner can recognize the signs, grab her cleaning carrier and paper towels and beat the vomit to the floor. It can also help you prepare in case it is a situation where you’ll need to get help immediately.
Signs of a Pre-Vomiting Dog:
Wretching – that noise that comes from your dog that sounds like he has something stuck in his throat. You will also see his throat straining back and forth.
Stiff Stance – your dog may become rigid as he attempts to keep from vomiting.
Wandering – a dog will often wander aimlessly right before he vomits.
How to Deduce if Your Dog Has Eaten Something Poisonous or an Object
The first thing to do is to check your dog’s vomit. It may make you a bit queasy but, by doing this, you can look for any bits of foreign objects. Keeping an eye on your dog, look for food or products he might have eaten in the immediate area and the area he has just come from. Signs of things eaten include wrappers, crumbs, pieces of an object (such as a plastic bag) and things that used to be there that aren’t now.
List of Some Common Dangerous Things Swallowed
Any fruit pits
Raisins or grapes
Cleaning products – any cleaning product is dangerous to dogs, though the natural ones are far less toxic.
Some household plants.
Things We Forget About
Bones that splinter
Toys with removable parts
String, rubber bands and even dental floss
Sugarless chewing gum
How to Induce Vomiting in Emergencies
Always try to call your vet or emergency clinic before considering inducing vomiting. Induce vomiting ONLY when it’s absolutely necessary and you’ve talked to a professional unless you suspect he’s eaten something dangerous (especially anti-freeze). But do not attempt to induce vomiting if your dog has lost consciousness or swallowed something that can harm his throat on the way back up, such as a sharp piece of bone.
To induce vomiting, open your dog’s mouth gently and squirt a small amount of an emetic like hydrogen peroxide or ipecac syrup down his throat. It takes around a teaspoon of ipecac syrup per 10 lbs. of body weight to induce vomiting. An overdose can cause heart problems so try to be accurate when measuring. Wait ten minutes and retry. If he doesn’t vomit after the second try, get him to a vet immediately.
What to Do After Your Dog has Vomited
Make Certain There is No Obstruction – gently place your hand in his mouth and at the top of his throat. If he is wheezing or has trouble breathing, there could be an obstruction further down so get him to the vet immediately.
Give Him Fluids – including electrolytes.
Keep Him Warm – a blanket and hugs work well.
Reassure Him – make sure he doesn’t think he’s done something wrong.
Feed Bland Food – feed your dog a diet of cooked chicken and white rice for a few days.
How to Know When to Go to the Emergency Vet
Safe is always best so if you have any reason to be worried, call your vet or the emergency clinic immediately and go there. Also, look for signs of poisoning or obstruction. These include chills, shaking, breathing difficulty, seizure, drooling or staggering. And when you check your dog’s vomit, if you see any more than a few drops of blood or any amount of yellow bile, it’s an emergency.
Different Ends of the Spectrum – Puppies and Senior Dogs and Vomiting
Puppies and senior dogs vomit more than those in between. Follow these guidelines to look for danger signs but, if after your vet checks him over, don’t worry too much if they throw up almost daily, unless it is accompanied by other signs of illness. They both have less ability to keep food down than adult dogs.
With a bit of preparation you can be a Super-Vomitocious Dog Owner and be certain that your dog will be healthy and safe. Carrying a cloth and some Nature’s Miracle around doesn’t hurt either.
Traveling with your pet? Make great use of that vintage suitcase. Place pet bed into the case, use storage compartment inside the lid for bowls, treats, toys etc.
The Importance of Having a Dog First Aid Kit
By definition, pet emergencies are critical health crises which require immediate medical intervention. Creating an emergency first aid kit is recommended for all pet parents and may buy your pet critical time until veterinary care can be sought through a pet hospital. Many of the supplies you will be using to create your pet first aid kit will also be handy in case of human first aid needs. A first aid kit for dogs and people is a vital component in an emergency disaster preparedness plan as well.
What Should Your Emergency First Aid Kit Contain?
You can purchase pet first aid kits or make your own. A plastic tote or a large book bag is good for storing your kit. It is advised that you make not one but two kits, one that will be in your house and one that can travel in your car at all times.
Your Kit Should Include:
Cotton balls and swabs
Sterile gauze pads and bandages
First aid tape
Styptic powder to stop bleeding
Prescription medications (for you and your pets)
Sterile latex gloves
A book on human and pet first aid
A large bottle of water
Self-activating hot pack
Self-activating ice pack
Copies of veterinary documents
Whenever possible, a cell phone with service that can reach 911 in case of emergencies with the phone number of the nearest emergency vet programmed is a great addition to your emergency first aid kit. Check your batteries periodically to make sure that they are ready to go when you need them in an emergency.
If you have a dog that is prone to bloating or of a breed prone to bloating, your kit may require additional components. If you suspect your dog is bloating, it is imperative that you seek medical assistance immediately, but knowing how to provide bloat first aid and being prepared to do so can literally save your dog’s life. Here is a great website discussing first aid for bloat which recommends the following additional first aid kit items for bloat prone dogs:
1. 1/2 inch (inside diameter) x 6 feet, clear, non-toxic, vinyl tube (outside diameter = 5/8 inch). 1.25 cm x 182 cm (outside diameter = 1.6 cm)
2. 1/4 inch (inside diameter) x 6 feet, clear, non-toxic, vinyl tube (outside diameter = 3/8 inch). .60 cm x 182 cm (outside diameter = .95 cm)
3. 2×2 wood block, 8 inches long with 3/4 inch diameter hole in center. 5 cm x 5 cm x 20 cm (1.90 cm diameter hole)
4. Water-soluble lubricating jelly, such as K-Y jelly.
5. 2 feet of soft nylon cord, or an old soft nylon leash. 61 cm of cord
6. Electrical tape to mark tubing
Giving First Aid To Pets
Now that you’ve created your emergency first aid kit, what will you do with these supplies in case of an emergency? Some pet hospitals offer courses in pet first aid as do many branches of the Red Cross (www.redcross.org – search by zipcode for a class in your area) and an organization called PetTech. Courses are usually fairly inexpensive (often less than $50) and are typically only one or two days long. Many courses will include a pet first aid book – if yours does, keep it with your first aid kit. If your course does not offer a pet first aid book, ask your instructor for recommendations on one you can purchase or pick up a copy of “Pet First Aid – Cats and Dogs” from the Red Cross.
Just as your pet first aid kit will contain many items which are valuable in human medical emergencies, many of the topics covered in a pet first aid class will mirror those taught in a human first aid class, like performing CPR, helping an animal who is choking, recognizing and responding to signs of shock, cleaning and bandaging wounds, splinting, assessing vital signs, insect and snake bites, etc. Your course should also cover pet-specific topics like restraining and muzzling, bloat, taking your dog’s temperature, and dealing with bloat, etc. Here is a great collection of “Quick Tips” from the Red Cross on pet first aid.
Prepared And Knowledgeable Saves Lives
The time and expense invested in creating a first aid kit and learning how to use it effectively in medical emergencies can very well save the life of a lived one, two or four-legged. You do not need to create separate first aid kits for the pets and people, although separate first aid training is advocated for human and pet first aid emergencies. Recertification is critical and recommended at least every two years.
Get certified in pet first aid and create your emergency first aid kit today. Your family will thank you for it!