What’s in Your Pet First Aid Kit?

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10 Most Common Pet First Aid Kit Items

What’s in your Pet First Aid Kit? Has your pet ever had an accident or been suddenly injured at your home or while out on an adventure? It can be a frightening experience. In Miami, our pets are exposed to dangers while just out for a walk or playing in the back yard. What would you do if your dog experiences an allergic reaction to a bee sting? Are you prepared to treat a paw cut, wound, or burn? Do you know how to handle your pet until they receive professional veterinary care?

Be ready for an emergency with a pet first aid kit which you can purchase at any pet supply store. Or take a regular first aid kit and modify it for your cat or dog. For safety precautions with all medical and first aid equipment, keep out of reach of children and pets. Also keep materials up to date and check the kit yearly if you need to replace any expired supplies.

Here are the most common Pet First Aid Kit Items:

  • Pet First Aid Book (covering care for your pet in an emergency situation)
  • Important Phone Numbers (Your vet, emergency 24 hour vet, poison control center)
  • Vaccination Reports (updated vaccination reports in water safe beg)
  • Felt Strip (used as muzzle to contain animal and prevent from biting)
  • Gauze Pads
  • Self Cling Bandages (do not stick to fur)
  • Antiseptic Wipes, Lotion, Powder or Spray
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Hydrogen peroxide (can be used to induce vomiting)
  • Blanket (Easy way to comfort and transport pets)

If you would like to add to your pet first aid kit here is a list of additional items our pet sitters at Equipaws carry:

  • Cold Compress
  • Triangular Bandage 37″ x 37″
  • Adhesive Tape 0.5″ x 2.5 yards
  • Plastic Forceps
  • Fingertip Bandage
  • Iodine Prep Pads
  • 6 BZK Towelettes
  • 20 Adhesive Strips 0.75″ x 3″
  • 10 Adhesive Snips 0.375″ x 1″
  • Safety Pins
  • Foam Knee Pad

Preparing for Other Pet Emergencies:

Pet Carrier Accessible: Have a carrier within reach or close to the door. If you have to evacuate, do not leave your pet at home – think ahead of time where to take them. Have at least two weeks supply of food and water for your pet ready. Include your Pet First Aid kit as well.

Microchip your Pet: Be prepared! Have all pets microchipped and make sure they have a collar and ID tag. In addition, make sure the microchip is registered and information is current. 

Keep your eyes peeled: Preventable accidents are the leading cause of death and illness among pets! Avoid hazards such as hot concrete, dehydration, and broken glass or any type of leftover foods. Be smart about what environment your pet resides in- don’t leave them outside without supervision, we have too many nasty critters! Visit our post on common household poisons for pets, too.

Be Knowledgeable: If you are in a suburb or rural area pups may come in contact with harmful insects, reptiles or plants.  Know what type can harm your precious pets. For more information check out this link provided by the ASPCA on poison prevention for toxic and non-toxic plants and our post on how to prevent pets being poisoned by a Bufo Toad

Toxic Food: Understand food besides the typical chocolate, raisins and alcohol that can be harmful to your pet. Visit the following link for a full list of food products your pet should steer clear of and our handy guideline for dangerous holiday foods, like our toxic Thanksgiving Day foods for pets chart.

Pettech Pet First Aid Kit App

More information is easily accessible by downloading the Pet Tech Pet Saver app. This app provides emergency tools, such as a vet hospital or contact information, or emergency pet first aid, with information on any type of infection, bite, or allergic reaction. It’s an animal’s WebMD. You can download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for Pet Tech Pet Saver or by going to http://www.pettech.net/app/index.php.

At Equipaws, our staff is fully equipped with a Pet First Aid Kit when caring for your animals, and everyone is Pet Tech Certified, which means they are trained in Animal CPR and First Aid. We are prepared to avoid potential danger, prevent accidents, and save lives until your pet is in the hands of a vet or professional. We hope this information will help you and keep your pet safe!

Pet Spotlight: Overweight Dog Gets Exercise

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Overweight Dog? You’re not alone.

Are you family to an overweight dog? Most of us show our dogs love with cuddles and treats. Unfortunately, loving our dogs too much with food and not enough with activity is part of the reason 54% of American dogs are obese. Our clients hire our dog walkers to help overweight dogs lose some of the extra fluff around their middle. Recently, our assistant manager Meghan was enlisted in helping Toby, a grumpy and overweight Dachshund, change his life for the better. We’re all works in progress, and with Meghan’s help Toby is progressing quickly!


Toby: Pet Spotlight

My most recent and proud pet project has revolved around a grouchy Dachshund named Toby, who is overweight and in need of serious discipline with his attitude, behaviors, and health.

As history tells us, Dachshunds were used for hunting and burrowing after small game animals as well as badger extermination. This fact was a surprise to me! I suppose all dogs had a purpose before they became household pampered pets. In addition, the name Dachshund is German, literally translating to badger hound. In modern times this breed is known to be clever, lively, affectionate, brave, at times impatient, but a devoted family member. Toby fully lives up to this description.

Toby belongs to an older couple, who don’t necessarily have the energy or mobility to take him out for fresh air, exercise or…to do his business. Toby spends his days indoors protecting his adoring pet parents. He uses the bathroom inside and on the porch. In addition, he growls at anyone who comes near his mom, acting tough, but showing clear signs of fear aggression. He looks at you with huge whale eyes and he’s not afraid to snap if you come to close. I would be ill-tempered too if a stranger came in my home, I wasn’t able to explore the outdoors and had a spare tire around my mid section. Fear not! There is a happy future for this little boy.

The behavior described was the old Toby. We have been working together for the past month, three times a week and I am thrilled to report his progress:

First Visit: Before arriving for my first walk, I called ahead to have his Mom and Dad step out of the room, so he would be less aggressive and out of protection mode. As I entered, Toby paced around growling and barking, running away from me. Once he was cornered (yes, this method is intimidating, but I had no other option) I slowly placed the slip lead over his head. Luckily, I have fast reflexes as he tried to nip my hand in the process. I have to place him in a stroller to go through the lobby, as no dogs are allowed. He was trembling in fear on the elevator ride down. I could physically see his whole body shaking. Once outside, he refused to walk, so in a stroller I wheeled him down the street and had him walk back to the apartment. We did a few laps like this before returning. He ran straight to Mom and wouldn’t even look at me.

Second Visit: I dreaded walking in, as Toby has been quite difficult and personally it’s a bit scary to advance on an angry dog. Toby gave me a low growl, but not the intense bark or showing of teeth. Shockingly, this is an improvement. He allowed me to put the slip lead on gently with his Mom and Dad closely observing (or ready to step in if I needed help). This was the first time they stayed in the room while I leashed Toby. Again, progress. He was still shaking in the elevator, but allowed me to pet and comfort him on our way down. I used the stroller less, switching between walking and rolling every block or so. He still didn’t doing his business outside, but that may be have been asking a little much considering his progress.

Third Visit: Both parents were relaxing in the apartment when I came to pick up Toby for our walk. With a little coaxing, Toby slowly waddled his way over to me wagging his tail.  He kept his body and head low to the ground saying hello. He was still shaking a bit with fear, but without any barking, growling, showing of teeth, or nipping. What an attitude change! He walked more and more without the stroller.

Fourth Visit: This was the best report yet! When I walked in, Toby’s tail was high, wagging away, and he ran to the door to greet me with excited barks. After a few “Hi Toby, good boy Toby’s!”, he rolled over on his belly asking for rubs looking at me expectantly. He easily let me put the slip lead on and we were off. His usual shaking had ceased and I could visually see the smile across his face. He truly was a happy boy in the apartment and outside during the walk. In a matter of one month he has become a new dog!

I will continue my mission to improve this little pup’s life. His parents were happy to report he has lost ½ pound since our time together, which is significant for a smaller breed. His behavior and quality of living has dramatically improved due to different company and walks.

Is your pet in the same rut? Does your pup need an attitude adjustment or more attention? Call us at 305.794.3733 and we will Implement daily dog walks and see your overweight dog’s life transform before your eyes!

11 Pet Fire Safety Tips to Prevent Tragedy

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Pet Fire Safety Day: 11 Tips and Tricks on Fire-Proofing your Home

July 15th marks National Pet Fire Safety Day. Equipaws Pet Services wants to remind everyone of the importance of this holiday. Our pets are part of our family, and it’s our responsibility to look out for their safety and well-being.

Our pet sitters have seen many instances of potential hazards: cats pressing buttons on stove tops that weren’t set to lock or playing with electric cords while connected to an outlet, or dogs not afraid to jump on the counter to find hot fresh food. The statistics are startling. 40,000 pets die each year in house fires and 1,000 of them started by pets.

What can you do to prevent tragedy and save our furry family members from the flames? Here is a list of general and Miami-specific prevention tips.

  1. Pet Proof Your Home: Take any precaution you would if you were baby proofing your home. Cover all electrical outlets, safety lock cabinet doors, and avoid any electronic wires or machines in reach of pet paws.
  2. Properly Identify Pets: In case you and your pet are separated in the event of a fire have them identified with an up-to-date collar and microchip.
  3. Smoke Alarms: Program your smoke detector to alert you and the fire department when it is triggered, so all important parties are notified if you are not home. In addition, keep as many lights off as possible when you are not home.
  4. Pet Alert Window Cling: This paper hangs in the front window of your house listing all family pets. It allows others to know who is inside when rescuing from a fire. You can find them at participating Fire Stations or at ADT (http://www.adt.com/pet-safety).
  5. Clear Windows and Entry Way: For the rare hurricane or tropical storm Miami may encounter, many homes put up storm shutters. If a fire does occur, having window entrances closed makes it more difficult for firefighters to enter, exit and put out the flames. It may be a hassle to remove shutters  after each potential storm, but will benefit in potential fire hazards. In addition, keep hallways and paths to doors clear at all times.
  6. Have a Safe Haven: Make sure you and your pet have somewhere to go if a fire occurs in your home. Know the hotels in the immediate area that accept pet guests. Find out which family members will take your pet in an emergency situation. Also, be informed of shelters or vets who will accept pets on short notice.
  7. Emergency Kit on Standby: Have a duffle bag ready with a leash, extra collar, food, bowls, bed and blankets stored in a carrier by the door. Include a first aid kit as well with vet emergency information, gauze, non-stick bandages, adhesive tape, hydrogen peroxide, tweezers and a felt strip (can be used for gentle muzzle).
  8. Know Their Hiding Spots: In a fearful situation (storms, fire, hurricanes, etc.) pets may go into hiding. Know where to find them in an uncomfortable emergency.
  9. Avoid Hot Surfaces: The Oven, Stove top, BBQ and fireplace can be inviting to any curious pet. The delicious smells of food and a cozy warm atmosphere would be deceivingly welcoming to any animal. Be mindful of their location and keep them safely contained while cooking or working with any hot surface or tools.
  10. Flameless Candles: An open flame anywhere in the house can lead to devastating outcomes. Switch all candles to flameless and avoid the risk.
  11. Glass Water Bowls: With the gorgeous weather of Miami, the sun glaring off a glass water bowl can create extreme heat. Never leave a glass bowl on a wooden surface as it can create an easy fire.

Being prepared and avoiding accidents can be the matter of life or death to your furry friends. Hopefully by implementing these tips you can peace of mind that you, your home and pet are out of harm’s way with our pet fire safety blog.