Whether you’re a first time camper or a seasoned backpacker, tackling the great outdoors is always more fun with friends – and for many outdoor enthusiasts, our dogs may be the perfect camping companions. They are energetic, fun loving, and don’t mind hanging out by the campfire after a long day of swimming and hiking.
Just as with anything, a little knowledge and preparation can go a long way toward making camping with your dog fun instead of stressful. So keep reading for Godspeed Animal Care’s best tips for camping with your dog.Continue…
As pets age, their paw pads thicken up and harden, but they still experience pain after consistent exposure to the elements. Without a doubt, paw pads are very sensitive to heat, but special care is also needed during sub-freezing temperatures. Traditional salts and deicers can be extremely harsh and can even lead to GI upset if swallowed.
Luckily, with a little extra attention to pet paw care this season, your best friend will be ready to go.Continue…
If you live in the mid-Atlantic region, you know that it’s always tick season. In the autumn, many of our clients and their pets are still happily taking advantage of the crisp days by spending time outdoors. We know that ticks are something to prevent, but have you ever had to safely remove a tick? If not, we have some tips and tricks for you to make this process relatively easy.
The Problem With Ticks
There are four tick species in our area that humans and dogs encounter: the Lone Star tick, the brown dog tick, the American dog tick, and the deer tick. Most of us know that tick bites are painful and uncomfortable. Did you know that they are also dangerous?
One of the easiest ways to combat a heat wave is to simply get wet. This might take some of us out of our comfort zone (that is, a nice air conditioned environment), but the bottom line is that splashing around is not only effective, it’s fun, too! Chances are, your pet agrees with the fun factor. You want to make them happy and comfortable, but water safety for pets absolutely must be enforced.
There are quite a few precautions when it comes to summer in general. We recommend scheduling your pet’s wellness care exam before any upcoming adventures to ascertain the quality of their overall health. If they aren’t fully vaccinated yet or microchipped, these help protect them from unseen dangers this summer.Continue…
Illness, injury, and accidents are an unfortunate, but inevitable, part of life for pets and people alike. Knowing what to do (and what not to do) in the event of one of an emergency can go a long way toward maximizing your pet’s safety and comfort. Assembling a pet first aid kit and knowing how to use one is the first step in the process of being a prepared pet owner, and the team at Godspeed Animal Care is here to help!
Pet First Aid Kit
Ideally, every pet owner should keep a pet first aid kit in their car and home. Kits can be purchased online or in most pet stores or you can assemble your own.
If you’re putting together your own pet first aid kit, start with a sturdy container, such as a lunch box or tackle box. Something with a strap is ideal so you can sling the kit over your shoulder should you need to carry your pet. Include the following essentials:
- Information – Download and print PDFs about pet first aid from the American Red Cross, and install their pet first aid app on your phone. Also have the numbers for Godspeed Animal Care, the Pet Poison Helpline, and an additional emergency contact programmed into your phone.
- Basic supplies – Many of the basic items in a human first aid kit can be used in a pet first aid kit. This includes gauze, hypoallergenic adhesive tape, blunt scissors, antibiotic ointment, styptic powder, cotton balls or swabs, instant cold pack, and a compact emergency blanket.
- Additional items – You may want to include other items, such as a clean towel, cloth strips, disposable gloves, saline solution, and bottled water for drinking and washing.
- Other supplies – Keep your pet’s leash, carrier, muzzle (if needed), medications, and medical records stored near the first aid kit for easy access.
Helping Your Pet
Being prepared helps keep you calm, which is what your pet needs most during an emergency situation. Before rushing in to help your pet, analyze the scene for any potential dangers, such as oncoming vehicles. Be aware that your pet might try to bite you out of fear or pain. Also keep the following in mind:
- Remove your pet and yourself from danger as soon as possible. If it’s safe, try stabilizing your pet’s wounds before moving.
- In the event of a dog fight, seek help in separating the animals, and keep your hands and face out of the fight.
- If possible, place your pet in their carrier or secure them in your car.
- Keep your pet warm to prevent shock, but make sure they do not overheat.
- Transport your pet to our clinic or to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital. Call ahead for help and to let the staff know you’re on your way so they can be prepared for your arrival.
If you have further questions about putting together a pet first aid kit, please don’t hesitate to contact Godspeed Animal Care.
Even in a city or urban area, we still encounter wild animals. From skunks to raccoons, run-ins between wildlife and pets are common and sometimes unavoidable. Although many wild species have become adept at coexisting with people, the diseases and parasites they carry pose a risk to us and our four-legged friends.
Since wildlife can be more active in the spring, we want to take a moment to discuss how to avoid an encounter and what to do if you come across a wild animal with your pet.
Wildlife and Pets: Minimizing Risk
Since most animals are more frightened of us than we are of them, the first thing to practice is prevention. Whether you’re on the trail or in your backyard, here are a few effective tips to keep wildlife away: Continue…