Accidents happen – sometimes pets get injured, eat the wrong foods, get bitten, cut, or even have seizures. But, there are ways you can help on the way to the vet. As Dr. Doug Aspros, Former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says, “You can’t be over-prepared. Do your thinking and planning when you’re calm – you’ll make better decisions when the emergency happens.”
So here are a few life-saving tips from the AVMA to help stabilize your pet:
If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet on the way to the veterinarian.
With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
For burns, flush immediately with lots of water. If the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice compress.
If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
If your pet is having seizures, keep them away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep them warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic.
For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get them to the vet immediately. Look in their mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object out with a tweezer. If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.
What your Pet First Aid Kit should include for home or travel:
VetWrap (or a similar bandaging product that clings to itself and molds nicely)
A nylon leash, muzzle, pet carrier (depending on animal size) and a pillow case for a cat that might need to be restrained; a small flashlight can also be quite useful
For more life-saving tips from the American Veterinarian Medical Association, log onto www.avma.org/
Flowers are lovely and chocolates and candy taste so good! Be sure to have your cat avoid popular Easter Lillies as they can cause renal failure in cats. Also, you will want to avoid having your cat eat any chocolate bunnies or other Easter candy this year so that you and your cat can enjoy the day without a trip to the vet.
If kitty does get into something he should not have, please contact your vet immediately as time is of the essence. You can also contact the Animal Control Poison Center at 1-888-426-4435. Charges may apply, but it is well worth it for the safety and health of your cat.
It was love at first site when Ozzie, a Cornish Rex, first saw disabled Navy veteran, Pedro Rodriguez. Rodriguez and his mother were hoping to get a companion cat who would not affect Rodriguez’s asthma and went to a local CFA Cat Show to learn more about the various breeds.
The 51-year-old Navy veteran who is disabled due to a spinal cord injury suffered while serving at Naval Air Station Oceana in the 1980s, traveled to a show in Richmond, Virginia last year and met breeder Kathy Pritchard who invited them to come to her home to check out the kittens. The seven pound Ozzie immediately jumped up on Pedro’s shoulder and the rest is history.
Photo: Cindy Butler Focke
Cornish Rex are very loyal and friendly cats who are known for their unique, single layer of coat that lays in tight, soft-to-the-touch, even waves. Their bodies are all curves–large ears, egg-shaped head, arched back, high tucked-up waist and long, whippy tail. Affectionate, intelligent, energetic and inquisitive, Cornish Rex often act like kittens well into old age.
Kathy gave them Ozzie at no charge because she said the connection reminded her of her daughter, Kaitlyn. The 23-year-old with autism “shines through her cats,”
How many times have you received a shipment, left the box on the floor only to find later that your cat has managed to squeeze himself into a tiny box? It happens all of the time here!
Dr. Claudia Vinke, a Netherlands-based ethologist, who led a study on how stress affects cats at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found four main reasons as to why your cat will choose to sit in a box rather than on the floor: they feel safe in a confined area, boxes encourages their play so they can stalk and pounce, boxes keep your cat warm and they also help avoid conflict with other animals. Check out Maru below as he tries to fit in a small box.
When in doubt, be sure to get a box your cat can enjoy.
Goodnewsforpets.com (GNFP) today announced the launch of the first of its 15th anniversary contests at Global Pet Expo under the Contests section of the goodnewsforpets website. The first contest consists of three prizes each for nine winners, a giveaway of a versatile sterling silver Heart-Paw charm, designed by Elena Kriegner exclusively for GNFP, a copy of ACVB’s Decoding Your Dog book, and a donation. To register for this contest, visit the Contest page on goodnewsforpets.
All of the GNFP anniversary contests will include donations to the local shelter or rescue group of choice for winners, reflecting the goodnewsforpets dedication for giving back to organizations that support pets in their community.
Launched in 2000, www.goodnewsforpets.com (GNFP) is a leading nationally recognized platform, curating news of interest for pet parents, and the pet industry and veterinary profession.
According to a report by the World Wildlife Fund, the Amur leopard, which is indigenous to southeastern Russia and parts of northeastern China, has doubled in population since 2007. The number of leopards has doubled from 30 to 57. It is great that populations are being monitored for these endangered species.
The Exotic Breed Takes Over Top Spot from Persian Breed for the First Time
The Cat Fanciers’ Association Announces Most Popular Cats!
Pictured: CFA’s Best Exotic for 2014, GC, BW, NW Dandys Hey Jude of Ivy Cat, a cream spotted tabby male, bred by Natalie Blakeley and P & R Degolyer and owned by Natalie Blakeley and Pam Degolyer.
Busy cat owners who like the look of a Persian, but don’t have time for daily grooming sessions, have made the Exotic the most popular cat breed according to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) 2014 registration statistics. The Exotic is bred to meet the Persian standard in every way with one very special exception: the coat. The thick, plush, short coat gives the Exotic a soft, rounded, teddy bear look. Based on registration statistics, the Exotic took over the top spot from the Persian breed.
Take a look at the ranking of all of CFA’s breeds here.