Pet Health

Know the ABC’s of Pet CPR

posted May 15th, 2012 by
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by Kiley Roberson

THERE ARE pet spas, pet daycares and many pet stores. But animal lovers want to do more than pamper their pets. They also want to protect them. So, the American Red Cross is offering pet first aid classes that include the ABCs of pet CPR.

“Pets are often our companions and even cared for at the same level as we would our own children,” says Kay­lene Kenner of Red Cross Tulsa. “Of course, do­ing what we can to in­crease their chance of survival during a medi­cal emergency is our re­sponsibility since they depend on us for care.”

Kenner has worked for Tulsa’s Red Cross chapter for six years. She says pet first aid is one of her favor­ite classes that the Red Cross offers. And she’s not alone; a typical class is full of animal lovers, who want to get savvy with safety procedures that could help a pet in distress.

From basic pet owner responsibilities, like spaying, neutering and administer­ing medications to managing breathing or cardiac emergencies and preparing for disasters, pet first aid courses offer infor­mation and advice for pet owners. Topics include managing urgent care situations, such as car accidents; wounds; electri­cal shock; and eye, foot and ear injuries.

The classes are three to four hours long and are taught by a local volunteer vet­erinarian. The maximum enrollment for the class is 12, and Kenner says they fill up quickly. Real pets aren’t actually allowed in class. Instead, mannequins are used to demonstrate techniques. Each pet man­nequin has a set of simulated lungs to give the student a good sense of how hard to blow and how hard to push when ad­ministering breaths and compressions on the pet. Very often, injured animals are scared and likely to bite. So, the course also teaches pet owners how to devise a makeshift muzzle. In addition to lectures covering topics like capturing and han­dling an injured animal, the day’s instruc­tion also includes video presentations.

The class only covers CPR for dogs and cats, but Kenner says the same prin­cipals can be used on other pets, as well. She also says it’s especially im­portant to know the signs to recog­nize when a pet is ill or in distress.

“Pets, especially cats, will often try to hide signs of illness until the disease or injury is very advanced,” she explains. “I recently lost my two cats, both at age 19. They hid their symptoms from me and because cats are smaller animals, their health conditions deteriorated very quickly. After taking this class I now know the signs to watch out for and can try to intervene as early as possible.”

For pet first aid and CPR, the course costs $70. The courses are offered at var­ious times throughout the year. You can sign up by going to www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. If you can’t make it to a class, don’t worry; the Red Cross has an available book, “Pet First Aid.”

“Taking a course like Pet First Aid will give you the tools and techniques to iden­tify and treat such medical emergencies as soon as possible,” says Kenner. “Allow­ing your pet a better chance for survival.”

Learn your ABCs   To find out if a dog, for example, is breathing, watch the rib cage and see if it goes up and down. Also, find the pulse on your dog, which you can locate be­hind the pad on his front or back foot. Then, feel the rib cage just behind the left elbow. If the heart is beating, you should be able to feel it there. That’s called the ABC: Airway, Breathing and Cardiac.

Pet CPR Basics

1.) Cover and seal the pet’s entire mouth and nose with your mouth and gently exhale until you see the chest rise.

2.) Give four or five breaths rapidly; then check to see if your pet is breath­ing without assistance. If he begins to breathe, but the breathing is shal­low and irregular, or if breathing does not begin, continue giving him res­cue breaths at about a rate of 20 to 30 breaths per minute, pausing every 2 to 3 minutes to check for breath­ing and pulse. Continue until you reach the veterinary hospital or for up to 20 minutes. Beyond 20 minutes, there is little chance of reviving your pet.

Laser Therapy Alternative

posted May 15th, 2012 by
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Safe, Effective Pain Management for your Pets

Lasers are becoming a popular alternative to the use of traditional pain relief medications in companion animals. Par-ticularly helpful in man-aging chronic arthritis, veterinarians are also us-ing laser therapy to pro-vide relief for ligament and muscle strains as well as in the treatment of skin wounds and lick granulomas. This tech-nology is also effective in speeding the healing process when used after surgical procedures.

According to Dr. Den-nis Henson of Hammond Animal Hospital, laser treatments offer a safe, more natural method of relieving pain and stimu-lating recovery in pets while avoiding the po-tential side effects of traditional medications. A laser directs a ray of infra-red light energy into the injured or inflamed area of a pet’s body. This energy then reduces inflammation and in-creases blood flow to the treatment area to encourage healing while also causing the re-lease of endorphins-the body’s natural pain killer. It can also provide an overall boost to the pet’s immune system.

Laser therapy is non-invasive, relaxing and won’t cause your pet any problems. The laser used in this type of applica-tion will not burn your pet’s skin or cause irrita-tion. A regular course of treatment, to be deter-mined by your veterinar-ian, can provide your pet long lasting, positive ef-fects.

To learn more about the applications of laser therapy in veterinary medicine and how your pet might benefit, contact Dr. Dennis Henson or Dr. Lauren Johnson at Hammond Animal Hospital.

Hammond Animal Hospital

Promising our best, so you can share their best.

Drs. Dennis Henson & Lauren Johnson

2301 E 71st St

Tulsa, OK  74136

918-494-0151

www.hammondanimalhospital.com

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Issues Voluntary Recall

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Recall is limited to one formula of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul distributed to 10 states

Diamond Pet Foods is recalling one production run of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food. One bag of the product has tested positive forSalmonella, and the recall of the four production codes is being conducted as aprecautionary measure.

 

We encourage consumers who have purchased Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food with the specific production codes and best before dates to discard the product. Diamond Pet Foods apologizes for any potential issues this may have caused our customers and their dogs.  No dog illnesses have been reported.

 

 

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula – dry dog food:

35 lb – CLF0102B31XCW,    Best by Date 27/JAN/2013

35 lb – CLF0102B31XCW,    Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

35 lb – CLF0102B32XWR,    Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

6 lb – CLF0102B3XALW,     Best by Date 28/JAN/2013

 

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul Adult Light Formula dry dog food is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods and was distributed in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, who may have further distributed the product to other states, through pet food channels. The company is working directly with distributors and retailers who carry these products to remove them from the supply chain.

 

Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

 

Individuals handling dry pet food can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with surfaces exposed to this product. Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, people who are more likely to be affected by Salmonella include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS and people receiving treatment for cancer.

 

Pet owners, who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact us at 800-442-0402.

Canine VacciCheck™ to be distributed to Veterinarians, Shelters and Kennels in the U.S.

posted April 24th, 2012 by
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VacciCheck provides rapid, affordable, in-house antibody results in only 21 minutes

TEMPE, Ariz., (April 24, 2012) – The Spectrum Group, a global leader in veterinary diagnostic and treatment solutions for allergy (SPOT Test) and recurrent bacterial infections (becSCREEN™), has announced its partnership with Biogal-Galed Labs to bring Biogal’s Canine VacciCheck™ to the U.S. pet market.

 

The Canine VacciCheck kit is a single diagnostic test that evaluates the presence or absence of antibodies to three core vaccines, eliminating the possibility of over vaccination.  Within 21 minutes, VacciCheck measures the current vaccine antibody levels of canine parvovirus, distemper and infectious hepatitis-adenovirus type 2 viruses, to determine if a booster is required.

 

VacciCheck’s unique ImmunoComb® technology makes it a quick, simple and affordable dot ELISA titer test to quantitatively check for all three core vaccines.  This is carried out as a single test in a vet clinic, veterinary lab, animal shelter or boarding facility and can provide results while the patient is present.

 

“As pet advocates and partners with the veterinary, rescue and boarding communities, we see this as an ideal opportunity to provide the industry with a product that assists in reducing over-vaccination of dogs and the potential for adverse reactions,” said Mervyn Levin, President of the Spectrum Group.  “VacciCheck is the only in-house, rapid response titer test that can check for the three core vaccines in a single test.”

 

Levin said in addition to preventing over-vaccination, VacciCheck can help determine the vaccination status of a dog with unknown history.  Similarly, it may be utilized to determine if puppies have received adequate immunity from vaccination protocol as well as those with genetic predisposition to immunity.

 

VacciCheck has been described by Prof. Ronald Schultz of the University of Wisconsin -Madison’s School of Veterinary School of Medicine as “a cost-effective, user-friendly and expedient titer test.”  A 12-test kit costs $240 for veterinarians.

 

Levin said shelters and rescues should also consider keeping VacciCheck on hand in case a breakout of parvo, distemper or hepatitis occurs.  VacciCheck rapidly and affordably tests populations that are susceptible to or protected from these diseases. This allows many animals to live that might otherwise have been euthanized due to unknown antibody status and those without antibodies to be isolated from the population.

 

For more information about VacciCheck, including purchases and video demonstrations, please visit www.vaccicheck.com.  The site also contains helpful links to organizations currently benefiting from the use of the product.

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About The Spectrum Group

Spectrum Group, also known as Spectrum Labs, has spent the past 20 years helping both pet parents and veterinarians provide a better quality of life to animals, particularly with its patented SPOT Allergy test. A multifaceted approach that includes comprehensive testing and treatment methods and unique tools such as training DVDs and text/email reminders, has made it possible for Spectrum to provide allergen testing success rates as high as 90%. In 2011, Spectrum added to its line of valuable diagnostic tools by incorporating becSCREEN™, providing insight into recurrent bacterial infections far beyond current methods, allowing for accurate identification of the bacteria as well as the definitive antibiotic required, to combat the infection once and for all. Veterinarians currently serviced by Spectrum Labs reside in all 50 states as well as more than 40 countries around the globe.  For more information about Spectrum Labs, visit www.WeAreSpectrum.com.

 

About Biogal-Galed

Biogal is headquartered in Israel and was established in 1986 with a focus on the development, manufacturing and marketing of diagnostic tools for the veterinary industry.  Its various products are available in over 35 countries.  Biogal-Galed jointly and exclusively developed the patented ImmunoComb technology for detecting antibody levels in blood or serum. Biogal’s newest product, VacciCheck™, has recently received USDA approval for the canine market. The feline version of this product is currently in development for the U.S. market. Please visit www.biogal.co.il for more information.

Pet First Aid Awareness Month 2012

posted April 23rd, 2012 by
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Pet safety expert offers life saving tips for furry first aid

Herndon, VA (April 23, 2012) — April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month and the leader in pet safety gear and services, Wag’N Enterprises, reminds pet parents that as the seasons change, so do dangers for the family pet. Before looking forward to warm summer weather, springtime often brings out the worst in Mother Nature with tornados, flooding and more.

Spring is also a time for new blooms and buzzing bees. Did you know that Easter Lilies are toxic for cats? Pet parents should be mindful of certain environmental hazards that could have a devastating effect on pet health. Wag’N Enterprises also encourages creating a pet safety plan this April.

According to Pet Tech®, pet first aid is the immediate care given to a pet that has been injured or suddenly take ill. This includes home care and when necessary veterinary help. Knowing the skills and techniques of pet first aid can mean the difference between life and death; temporary and permanent disability; and expensive veterinarian bills and reasonable home care.

“We want to encourage pet parents to plan ahead for possible pet emergencies by taking small steps that could result in quicker response times during a potential dangerous situation. For example, making sure pet parents understand how to care for an injured pet until it is transported to the local emergency veterinarian can save the pet’s life” said Ines de Pablo, who is a Pet Tech® Certified Master Pet First Aid Instructor and founder of Wag’N Enterprises.

“Because there are only little variances between human and animal mechanisms of injury, pet parents can provide basic first aid for injuries and ailments like bleeding and fractures or heat stroke, seizures, chocking management and respiratory distress. Just like us, most incidents can be addressed using a first aid skill,” according to de Pablo. She says initial response and care is vital. “You are your pet’s paramedic during a health related emergency until your pet is transported to the veterinarian. Panic and doubt are not going to help your pet and can both place you in danger and further the pet’s injury,” notes de Pablo.

Wag’N Enterprises recommends keeping important pet lifesaving phone numbers both in their cell phone registry and displayed on paper copy in a prominent area of the residence and vehicle. Important numbers include their primary veterinarian as well as their emergency veterinarian’s phone number, the ASPCA Poison Control Center Number (888) 426.4435 and the National Poison Control Number (800)222.1222.

Is there an app for that? Wag’N recommends pet parents invest in the PetTech Pet Saver App, available for iPhone, Android phones and Windows 7 phones. The app covers topics such as CPR, heat and cold injuries, choking, snake bites, shock, bleeding protocols, how to restrain and muzzle, what to do in an emergency situation, how to transport an injured pet, the snout-to-tail assessment and more. Each skill includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and narrated audio files. Wag’N warns that this comprehensive pet health app does not circumvent attending a PetTech® Pet First Aid & Care class.

Pet owners and pet care professionals can learn pet life-saving skills nationwide from trained instructors. Pet CPR, first aid and care classes are available in the Washington, D.C. area from Wag’N Enterprises and Ines de Pablo. Attendees can expect to learn pet first aid and care training including: restraint and muzzling, CPR, seizure management, choking management, heat and cold injuries, shock management, bleeding injuries, mitigation and response to poisoning emergencies and much more.

About Wag’N Enterprises:

Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (http://www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prominent George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt. Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.

New Emergency Preparedness Kit Features Forms for Pet Sitters and Pet Hotels

posted March 22nd, 2012 by
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Wag’N Rover Respond’R® v3.0 Mobile Emergency Information Kit helps pets and their owners prepare for a variety of emergencies

Herndon, Virginia (March 22, 2012) – Pet safety innovator Wag’N Enterprises this week unveiled a comprehensive addition to their Wag’N Rover Respond’R® Mobile Emergency Information Kit. The updated kit now gives pet owners the ability to communicate vital information to pet sitters and pet boarding facilities.

The third version of the kit includes two new forms. The new “Pet Sitter” form provides a pet’s temporary guardian with detailed instructions and an action plan in the event that the owner is unreachable or incapacitated due to an emergency situation. Likewise the new “Pet Boarding” form contains meticulous instructions for both the boarding facility and first responders in case of an emergency.

Accidents happen and, whether a pet travels with its owner, gets boarded at a pet hotel or remains at home whilst supervised by pet sitters, emergency situations can greatly impact the well being of all four-legged friends. When important pet information cannot be communicated due to parental impairment, standard and critical pet care may be delayed or suspended. Wag’N Enterprises created the Wag’N Rover Respond’R® v3.0 Mobile Emergency Information Kit to equip pet parents with all the pet emergency preparedness documents necessary in case of an emergency, and to help keep an unfortunate situation from becoming a devastating one.

Being prepared for a pet-related medical emergency, accident, or disaster is invaluable—especially when tensions are high. This interactive kit assists pet owners in providing EMS, police, as well as fire and rescue responders with important contact and pet information.

“This updated version of the Wag’N Rover Respond’R® kit gives pet owners peace of mind whether they are traveling with their pets, away from home and/or away from their pets, “ says Ines de Pablo, President & CEO and national pet safety expert and advocate. “By having these easy to complete, yet comprehensive preparedness forms at their fingertips, pet sitters and pet boarding facilities now possess the tools to take even better care of their four legged guests.”

Wag’N also announced that its Wag’N Rover Respond’R® Mobile Emergency Information Kit version 3.0 and all further releases will be included as an fundamental element of its Personalized Emergency Training services (PETS) Program™, aimed at providing top of line pet safety and pet emergency management training services to pet boarding facilities, kennels, animal shelters and pet sitters. “Wag’N take an all-hazards approach to pet safety. Any facility that kennels and cares for pets needs to have plans in place to respond to natural and/or man-made emergencies to keep it from becoming a disaster.” De Pablo stated.

Pet owners can complete the interactive PDF forms on their computer, or print them out and/or fill the information in by hand. One copy goes to the pet sitter or boarding facility, and one copy stays with the pet owner, tucked safely into the folder pocket of the kit. After filling out the required documentation, pet parents simply place the completed Rover Respond’R® 3.0 kit in the glove box of their vehicle and affix the included alert decals to tell first responders about its existence and whereabouts.

The following items are included in the Wag’N Rover Respond’R® v3.0 kit:

  • 1 Mobile Emergency Pocket Folder (document carrier)
  • 1 Wag’N Rover Respond’R® Vehicle Alert Decals
  • 2 Wag’N Rover Respond’R® Home Alert Decals to alert first responders of the number of pets in the home.
  • 2 Wag’N Rover Respond’R® Animal Transport Forms for first responder use during an emergency only.
  • 1 Wag’N Pet Passport® for documenting a pet’s medical history, proof of ownership and vaccinations, a photo of the pet and emergency contact numbers.
  • 1 CD-ROM with interactive documentation forms including a Pet Owner Information Form, Emergency Contact Form, Pet Profile Form, Pet Boarding and Pet Sitter Forms, printable Emergency Wallet Card, printable Lost Pet Poster and Printable Stolen Pet Poster.

The Wag’N Rover Respond’R® v3.0 kit is affordably priced at $34.95, and is available for both retail and wholesale distribution. Since pet parents can save all the information on their computers, information can easily be updated and reprinted when they need it and no matter what types and numbers of pets they own. “The only constant is change. As life wags along, pet parents can now easily prepare for the unexpected” De Pablo affirmed.

For more information, please visit http://www.wagnpetsafety.com/RoverRespondR

About Wag’N Enterprises
Founded in 2007, Wag’N Enterprises (http://www.wagnpetsafety.com) offers pet emergency management solutions to service industries, first responders and pet parents to effectively mitigate, prepare for and respond to emergencies that impact pet health and safety. Executive Director of Pet Emergency Management Division Ines de Pablo holds a Master’s Degree in Risk, Crisis & Emergency Management from the prominent George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and has more than a decade of extensive field training experience under her belt. Wag’N Pet Safety Gear is a branded and extensive collection of purposefully designed tools and services giving people and their pets peace of mind in case of an emergency.