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Archive for September, 2010

October is fire safety month. We have a plan for you and your pets!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

My sister called me today to tell me it was 111 degrees in Long Beach California.  111!  Oh, right.  It’s Indian summer right now – it happens every year –  and the temperatures hover in obscene ranges as the dry Santa Ana winds punish region.  Often these dry winds are accompanied by California fires (in fact, I just stumbled across a website that lists all fires in California.  http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current )-  there were 12 major fires just this month!

But no matter where you live, having safety precautions in place in the event of a fire is important.

Recently I wrote about pet fire safety for you and your pets called, oddly enough, Fire Safety for Your Pets.  If you missed reading it, now is a good time to review- it being fire safety month and all….  The article discusses things you can do to make you and your pets safer in the event of a fire.  There is also a link to ADT’s website where, in exchange for your name and address, they will send you a free window decal indicating pets are inside.  These decals are good to have in the event of any emergency where your home is evacuated.  Rescuers will know to check for pets in the event you are not home when the evacuation occurs.  Your pet’s lives just might be saved because of that decal.

Here is the link to get a  free decal for yourself:  http://www.adt.com

The second part of your plan should be to have an evacuation plan in place.  I mentioned California – land of earthquakes and wildfires.  Well now I’m in Florida land of hurricanes.

As a result of living here, we’ve written several articles on hurricane evacuation plans, and those plans work just as well when planning an evacuation for any type of disaster be it hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, etc.  You’ll want to have some things handy in the event you have to vacate suddenly and the time to put them together is before you need them.

Here are a couple of articles that you can use as guidelines for putting together your own plan:

Pet First Aid Kit :  It is always best to be prepared for emergencies and this applies to your pet’s health as well as to your own. A good suggestion is to have a Pet First Aid Kit handy located near your own First Aid Kit. We’ve put together a suggestion for what your kit should contain with our Pet First Aid Kit Checklist:

  • A card with your veterinarian’s phone number and the location of the closest emergency pet hospital and the poison hotline (you can find information for both all of these at www.vetlocator.com)
  • A roll of gauze to cover wounds. Gauze can also be used to wrap around the muzzle or beak of a wounded animal to keep them from biting.
  • Non-stick gauze pads for wounds
  • Towels for clean-up, covering the animal while moving or to keep warm.
  • Adhesive tape for bandages
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide for cleaning wounds
  • Eyedropper for giving medicine orally (a syringe without the needle works well too)
  • Saline solution to flush out debris in the eyes
  • A couple of pairs of disposable rubber gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Soap
  • Some extra food and treats
  • Leash or rope
  • Pet CPR reference from www.vetlocator.com

You should call your veterinarian as soon as you can to get advice on what to do in the emergency your pet is going through. If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, let your veterinarian know, or call the poison hotline immediately. You will be given instructions on how to proceed in the quickest way to help your pet.

Remember, it is important not to panic. If you suspect poison, time is critical so telephone someone right away. www.vetlocator.com has many resources available for maintaining the health of your pet in our resource library, www.vetlocator.com/library.php.

Editor – Daily Paws

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Our new Facebook page

Friday, September 24th, 2010

VetLocator and Daily Paws have had Facebook Fan pages for awhile but we’ve just begun using them in earnest.

Here is our new mascot who made his debut on our Fan Page.  What do you think?

Vetlocator.com - Chihuahua mascot

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Pictures: It used to fit!

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Used to Fit!
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Most females can identify with this:

You find something ‘festive’ you’d like to slip into


It seems a little small, but you’re QUITE SURE that in recent years,
you’ve worn this size.

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So, you work with it…
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You try it on different ways…..
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A little pushing here, a little squeezing there
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You examine yourself from different angles …
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Finally you admit that it does feel “A LITTLE tight.”
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Someone offers you a larger size,
which you find HIGHLY insulting!

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I mean, it might be a tight fit, but you still look GOOD!!
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Admit it girls,
Haven’t we all been there?!

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Pet Anxiety: Waterproofing your pets

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Please excuse the funny headline.  It’s been raining here and I’ve been dealing with wet everything – including wet cats – so waterproofing is probably something I’ve had attention on more than I should….however…there is a good point to the headline.

During my life I’ve had several animals that had a great fear of water, dogs and horses and cats – (cats – yes – normal to dislike water).  I discovered the horses’ fear while galloping along a trail that had a teensy tiny ribbon of water crossing it.  That horse stopped abruptly and nearly threw me, then stood snorting and prancing, eyes showing lots of white as he stared at the ‘danger’ in front of him.

The dogs fear would show up for baths, trips to the lake, playing with the hose in the yard, normal family stuff.

These pets were not waterproofed and their fear of water caused me a variety of difficulties over time.

Why were they afraid?  I have no clue and I didn’t try and find out.  Determining why your pet is fearful isn’t always essential to treating the fearful behavior, although why they are afraid has a lot to do with the success of any training you use to help them overcome that fear.

Once I realized there was a fear of water, I helped the horse and two of the dogs overcome their  fear in the same way. I desensitized them to what was scaring them.

First I created a very calm and safe space for them and got them calmed down and feeling safe again.  Then I introduced water to them in very small doses – for the dogs a small bowl that I placed near them and then splashed my fingers in, then gradiently increasing the water interaction until they were comfortable swimming in it.  It wasn’t an immediate solution but eventually they both were fine with water.

The horse and I were on the trail when I discovered his fear and I had to get him across that water to get home.  I dismounted and let him look and snort and paw at the small stream, letting him stay on the safe side and then I walked across and gently tugged him to follow.  His leap across that 1 inch ribbon of water was HUGE :).  Then I just repeated the action over and over until he was bored, then I mounted and we walked across together.  After that he was fine with water and grew to love running and splashing in it at every opportunity.  I used that same method for him and his fear of street traffic, barking dogs, bikes, blowing paper, etc. etc. etc.  After awhile he was the safest horse to ride in the stable.  He was great.

However there was a dog that, no matter what I did, never lost his fear of water.  He’d cringe at the site of a body of water and would quiver and shake if I tried to get him close, much like that little dog I mentioned in this week’s newsletter.  His owner finally gave up trying to get him to walk and he scooped him up and held the shivering little guy in his arms as he walked along with the terrified pooch held close.  Poor little dog.  For my guy, just the sight of a large body of water was enough to make him run in the opposite direction.  I was not ever able to make getting in water ‘safe’ for him. He lived his life with that fear and stayed home if we went to the beach or lake.  That was sad for both of us because he missed out on so much fun and I missed out on having my best friend by my side during those water times.

Today I’d do things differently for my friend and today I’d call in a very skilled and wise woman I know – she calls herself a holistic pet life coach – Marlo Kimmel,  to discover what caused the fear in my dog and get that fear handled.

In working with my own and other’s animals over the years I’ve learned that for some pets I can use my knowledge and skill to help and sometimes I need help from someone with more skill in order to help them.  At those times I turn to our veterinarian or other pet professional if it’s health related and today for psychological or training problems I turn to Marlo.  Thankfully she’s local, but she also consults by phone and is flown around the United States, she’s that good. And every time she is asked to help,  she’s able to pinpoint a course of action that brings a good resolution to the problem the animal is having.  She’s wonderful and from the testimonials I’ve read from her other clients, most describe her in just those words. Wonderful.

If you want to find someone like Marlo (trainer, consultant, pet nutritionist & problem solver) you can use our Holistic/Alternative directory and just put in your zip code.  There are many wonderful healers and problem solvers in it.  If you’d like to talk to Marlo directly just click the link to go to her listing.  She’s offering a free initial consultation to 10 pet owners when you mention VetLocator.com or Daily Paws, so if you have a tough pet problem, I’d give her a call to take advantage of her generous offer..(There were 11 openings but I already got the first one 🙂

Oh, and cats?  Yes cats can be desensitized to water too.  You’ll enjoy seeing many examples of this in our pictures and videos feature:  Cats Swim Pictures can be found HERE and at the bottom of the pictures is a link to the videos.

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What do sink holes and camels have in common?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Sink holes.

I’d hardly ever heard about them when I lived in California.  Now I’m in Florida and in Florida, they’re a way of life.  Stories like this one of a sink hole opening up this past July and swallowing a car is not that unusual.

Sinkhole swallows Toyota

But even I had to read this headline twice “Firefighters rescue CAMEL from Oregon sinkhole

It seems that a family’s pet camel, Moses, accidentally fell into a local sinkhole and got stuck and it took firefighters over 4 hours to rescue him.

Camel gets stuck in sinkhole.

The camel, stuck in mud up to its shoulders, was successfully freed after heavy lifting equipment was used to get him out of the hole.

The good news? Despite the four-hour ordeal, Moses was just fine.

His owner Kim Dilworth was relieved at the rescue: “… Moses is like our child.”

And the story behind why Moses is living in Oregon to begin with? The family bought Moses and his brother, Bethlehem, for live nativity displays at their home and around Oregon City.

Ahhhh.  So now you know what sink holes and camels have in common. It all makes sense now.

All except Oregon having sink holes that is.

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