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Day 2: Abdominal Wounds

Day 2 of Pet First Aid Secrets, ‘Pet 911: Top 7 Common Pet Emergencies And How To Respond Fast’, the complimentary course by Dr. Andrew Jones.

This issue – Abdominal Wounds. Emergency At Home Care, what to do if the organs are showing and the “secret” household item that could save your pet.

Abdominal Wounds are common pet emergencies. I often see small dogs and cats with severe abdominal wounds following an attack by a large dog.

In a few cases, if these pet owners had been aware of what to do, they could have saved their pet’s life.

Now that you have this course, if you practice and teach yourself these techniques, you will know what to do if your pet ever has a serious abdominal injury.

ABDOMINAL WOUNDS

SIGNS

The abdomen (belly) holds most of the important internal organs. It is protected by 3 layers of muscle, plus the fat and skin, but is vulnerable to injury. A small dog or cat can easily have his entire abdomen punctured by a large dog bite. The only thing visible to you may be small punctures on the surface of the skin.

These are the most important signs which signal immediate veterinary care:

– Shock

– Pain

– Vomiting

– Evidence of injury (I.E. bruising, swelling, local pain)

– Blood in the urine if the bladder or kidneys are injured

– Blood in the stool or around the anus if the large bowel has been injured

– Abnormal swelling may indicate a hernia particularly in the groin or flanks

– Protrusion of intestines if the abdominal wall has been torn

CAUSES

A bite, car accident or foreign object has penetrated the abdomen (belly). Other common ways include falling and large animal kicks.

SOLUTIONS

CALL THE VET RIGHT AWAY. Serious abdominal injuries need to be treated by a veterinarian.

CHECK FOR SHOCK

A pet in shock will act weak or sleepy. The most common sign I see are pale gums and tongue – in some dogs and cats the eyelids droop. Severe shock can result in death in as little as 15 minutes. If you suspect this, then transport to the emergency vet right away. Wrap your pet in a blanket to keep him warm, and put a few drops of honey on his gums, and drive immediately to the vet.

APPLY PRESSURE

In bleeding wounds, you want to apply direct pressure with a clean cloth or gauze pad. If the blood seeps through, re-apply a second cloth – do not remove the first one, as removing it can break up a forming clot.

CLIP THE FUR

This is advised to do so long as the wound only appears superficial and doesn’t penetrate into the abdomen. Use clippers or blunt tipped scissors. I always advise to first fill the wound with K-Y jelly to keep the hair from adhering to the wound.

CLEAN THE WOUND

I find that it is easiest to use warm running water. The best thing is using a handheld showerhead. After gently spraying, use a damp cloth soaked with antiseptic solution (chlorhexidine) and gently wipe around the wound. If you are treating the wound at home, then perform this hydrotherapy twice daily for 3-5 days.

WHAT TO DO IF INTERNAL ORGANS ARE SHOWING

This seldom happens, but if it does you need to know what to do.

RINSE THE ORGANS

First rinse the organs with saline solution – if you don’t have this lukewarm tap water is fine. This cleans the organs and keeps the tissue moist and healthy.

PUT THE ORGANS BACK

These can be gently pushed back into the abdominal cavity after being rinsed. First soak gauze pads or a cloth in either sterile saline solution or lukewarm tap water. DON’T use your bare hands. Apply firm pressure and place the organs through the hole in the abdomen. If you can’t get them to go in easily, then leave them on the moist towel. WRAP the abdominal cavity and the organs with a belly band. This is the household item I was referring to: a home belly band is easiest with plastic wrap (Saran Wrap). It just needs to be tight enough to hold everything in place.

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January 26, 2008 Posted by | Feline Health, K9 Health | Leave a comment

Xavier – The Cat on Wheels in Rhode Island

Amazing little cat. I’m glad to see that this equipment is becoming more accessible to people and their pets.

http://www.handicappedpets.com/news/inthenews.html

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Are You Owned By A Handicapped Pet?

If so, here is a great link:

http://www.handicappedpets.com/

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Most vets recommend microchips in spite of controversy

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By nospam@example.com (Therese Kopiwoda) on DogHobbyist

The possibility of cancer has some people wondering if it’s safe to microchip their pets.

Suddenly, “microchipping” of pets has acquired something of a bad name.

Competing chip makers, each claiming their product is superior. Scanners incapable of detecting all chips, causing beloved animals to linger in shelters or be sent to death row. And, perhaps most alarming of all, a reported link between microchips and cancer in dogs and laboratory rats.

Pet owners who have long believed microchips to be the best insurance against losing their animals are understandably confused.

To chip or not to chip?

Most mainstream veterinarians say microchipping pets still makes sense.

They argue that the cancer claims are overblown and that flaws in the chipping system are outweighed by the potential benefits that the technology offers.

Read the rest here.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Feline Health | 2 Comments

New Jersey Bobcat Conservation

From the Defenders of Wildlife

Historically, the bobcat roamed throughout the entire state of New Jersey. It first experienced declines in the mid-1800s as forests were cleared for lumber, fuel, agriculture and other uses. By the late 1970’s they were considered to be extinct in the state.

In 1972, the species gained legal protection when it was classified as a game species with a closed season. In an effort to re-establish bobcat populations, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife captured 24 bobcats from Massachusetts and Maine and released them into the northern portion of the state between 1978 and 1982. In June of 1991, the bobcat was listed as an endangered species and given protection under the New Jersey State Endangered Species Act, where they remain.

The Division’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) began capturing, collaring, and tracking bobcats in 1996 to determine their movements and which habitats were important to their survival. However, given the rampant rate of development throughout the state and the need to identify and protect rapidly diminishing suitable bobcat habitat, biologists must greatly intensify their efforts.

Bobcats use a wide variety of habitat types and occupy large home ranges that are relatively free from human habitation and alteration. They also require suitable travel corridors to allow for individuals to move between these parcels of land. In New Jersey, bobcats are found primarily in the northern counties of Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren.

In December 2004, Defenders of Wildlife began working with the Endangered and Nongame Species Program and their non-profit arm, the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, to launch Phase Two of the New Jersey Bobcat Project and contributed more than $10,000 in direct and in-kind contributions to this project. During Phase Two, wildlife biologists, with the help of volunteers, increased the number of live cage traps and installed motion sensitive and infra red cameras in areas of Warren, Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties where bobcats are known to exist. ENSP will also initiate efforts to determine bobcat distribution in other northern areas where bobcats may exist.

These valuable data is incorporated into the New Jersey Landscape Project, an ecosystem-level approach to conservation begun by the Endangered and Nongame Species Program in 1994 and will help biologists create a protection and management strategy that focuses on preserving the most critical bobcat habitat.

Bobcat Fact Sheet

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Bobcats | 1 Comment

PROTECT PETS FROM WINTER WEATHER

The Seattle Humane Society Urges Pet Owners to Take Precautions

 BELLEVUE, WA (January 23, 2007)  With temperatures expected to continue dropping, the Seattle Humane Society offers some winter insights to pet lovers.

 “Pets belong inside with the rest of the family,” said Brenda Barnette, chief executive officer for the Seattle Humane Society.  “Don’t be fooled into thinking that their fur coats will prevent them from getting too cold or suffering from frostbite!”

If your pet is outside for a little “winter sport,” keep these helpful tips in mind:

¨        DRESS APPROPRIATELY

Don’t clip your pet’s coat too short as it provides a layer of insulation against the cold.  If you have a short haired dog, get him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.

¨        INCREASE FOOD SUPPLY

If your dog enjoys a lot of outside time, increase his food supply, particularly protein, to keep him- and his fur- in tip-top shape.

¨        BEWARE OF SEASONAL POISONS

Coolant and antifreeze are lethal poisons for dogs and cats.  Wipe your dog’s paws after walks outside.  Clean up any spills from your vehicle.  Similarly, be sure to wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the rain, sleet, snow or ice.  He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws.

¨        OFFER WARM SLEEPING SPOT

Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect. 

¨        SAVE A LIFE BY TAPPING ON YOUR HOOD

Outdoor cats will climb under the hoods of cars for warmth, so be safe and bang loudly on your car’s hood before starting the engine to give any sleeping cats a chance to vacate.

For more information, please call (425) 641-0080 or visit www.seattlehumane.org.

The Seattle Humane Society has been protecting people and pets since 1897.  Visit in person at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue, or online at www.seattlehumane.org to learn more.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Feline Health, K9 Health | 1 Comment

SURPRISING Household Pet Toxins

From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Website: http://www.veterinarysecretsrevealed.com

Good morning all.

I have written about Pet Poisoning before- This is
one of THE MOST common Emergencies that I see.

There are literally HUNDREDS of toxins, and I have
discussed some of the most common ones, such as
ANTIFREEZE and CHOCOLATE.

Yet around your house there are some pretty serious
toxins that you are not even aware of.

And in the words of my former Boy Scout Leader
( Thanks George Zorn of Lillooet BC)

It’s up to you to BE PREPARED

I have published an EXTENSIVE Course on Dog and
Cat First Aid at:

http://www.petfirstaidsecrets.com

So what are some of the LESSER KNOWN but common
Household Toxins?

1. Sugarless Sweeteners

Xylitol, a sugar substitute, can cause a SEVERE
sudden drop in your pet’s blood glucose- this will
lead to signs of insulin overdose and low blood sugar:
staggering, weakness, seizures and even coma.

This sweetener is in Sugar free gum, some baked products
and toothpaste- JUST a few pieces of gum can cause
in a small dog

2. Fabric Softeners

Both dogs and cats react SERIOUSLY to these. These
are the chemicals that keep clothes from clinging.
Just a small part of a piece of fabric softener can
cause vomiting, muscle twitches, and excessive drooling.

3. Grapes and Raisins

As few as 6 grapes ( or equivalent raisin) can cause
some Horrible Side Effects in Your Dog.
The BIG PROBLEM is that this can lead to
Kidney Failure- but it is indiscriminate and we yet
DON’T KNOW what causes this. It may be from some
unknown substance in the skin or it may be from
some chemical spray residue on the grapes.

4. Lilies

A pretty popular flower that many of US have in our
homes and in the garden. There are toxic Easter Lilies,
but alson Tiger Lily, Japanese Show Lily , Stargazer,
and Rubrum.

LILY=TOXIN

It can lead to kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea,
and heart complications. They are especially toxic
to cats.

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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January 23, 2008 Posted by | Feline Health, K9 Health | Leave a comment

Leptospirosis and Soda Cans!!

This incident recently happened in North Texas . A woman went boating one
Sunday taking with her some cans of coke which she put into the refrigerator
of the boat. On Monday she was taken to the hospital and placed in ICU.
She died on Wednesday. The autopsy concluded she died of Leptospirosis. This
was traced to the can of coke she drank from without using a glass. Tests
 showed that the can was infected by dried rat urine and hence the disease
Leptospirosis. Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances. It is highly recommended to thoroughly wash the upper part of soda cans before drinking out of them. The cans are typically stocked in warehouses and transported straight to the shops without being cleaned. A study at NYCU showed that the tops of soda cans are more contaminated than public toilets (i.e).. full  of germs and bacteria. So wash them with water before putting them to the mouth to avoid any kind of fatal accident. Please forward this message to all
the people you care about.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pennsylvania SPCA Launches Animal Cruelty Hotline

For the Love of the Dog

Tortured Dog in PhillyWith the alarming rise in the number and severity of animal cruelty cases, the Pennsylvania SPCA is launching an Animal Cruelty Hotline. It’s official launch is not until February 1 but phones are being answered even now and the calls are coming in.

Just a sampling of cruelty calls received by the Pennsylvania SPCA last weekend is chilling: A Labrador retriever mix scalded by cooking grease. A Pomeranian found starved to death in a doghouse, his two tiny canine companions clinging to life in frigid conditions. The emaciated body of another dog found in an apartment by a landlord after his owner skipped out on the rent.

And that was just in Philadelphia.

These calls represent only a small fraction of the cases and calls statewide and the group’s director hopes the addition of a statewide toll-free hotline (1-866-601-SPCA, or 1-866-601-7722) will make it easier for witnesses to get help and for humane agents to respond more quickly.

“There is an epidemic of cruelty in this state,” said Howard Nelson, executive director of the PSPCA. “We want to encourage people to report cruelty and make it easy and quick.”

Nelson said he believed it was the first 24/7 cruelty hotline in the nation to have operators handling the calls. He said trained staff members would assess the urgency of the calls and dispatch agents. If they request it, callers are guaranteed anonymity, he said.

“Sometimes people are reporting their neighbors and it’s awkward,” Nelson said.

For publicity, Nelson recruited Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and his wife, Jennifer. The couple, along with a boxer named Etana that was beaten and burned by a group of teenagers, appear in a public-service announcement urging people who witness abuse to call the hotline.

The media attention that followed when the Utleys volunteered to pay for Etana’s care helped shed light on the issue.

“It really woke people up to the fact that it was not a rare occurrence and that abuse comes in a lot of shapes and forms,” she said.

Nelson said he was concerned by the rising number and the severity of the abuse cases. The PSPCA responded to 6,000 calls in 2006, but that rose to 8,000 calls last year. Among the calls humane agents responded to last year was one involving the seizure of 216 badly neglected dogs from a kennel in Western Pennsylvania. Fifty of the diseased dogs had to be destroyed.

The PSPCA last year doubled its law enforcement staff to 14 agents and expects to spend $1.7 million this year responding to and prosecuting cruelty cases as well as caring for injured dogs, Nelson said. It is a nonprofit organization but it has the authority to enforce cruelty laws.

Nelson said the hotline would allow the PSPCA to maintain a database to keep track of repeat offenders and determine which areas have the most problems with abuse. (The Philadelphia Enquirer)

Etana, mentioned in the story, was one of the lucky ones. She had the Utleys as sponsors to bring on her story and she did recover and find a loving forever home although the abusers have never been apprehended to date. So many are not so lucky.

I’d love to see this excellent program picked up by more communities.  Now if the legal system would just follow through with some serious prosecution and sentencing, people might actually might stop looking at animal cruelty laws as a joke if they realize they will have to pay for their crimes!

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What You Need to Know About Pet Health Care Insurance

For the Love of the Dog Website

I recently did an article on pet wellness and the questionability of it. It seems the supplier in question is notorious for poor customer service among other things. They do not seem to have a good reputation.

Purchasing pet insurance or a pet wellness plan is an important step and can be a good or bad step depending on the company.  Here are some tips on choosing pet insurance:

Before you purchase a pet health care insurance plan for your pet, check the list of the companies approved veterinarians to see if your veterinarian will accept the companies check.

Ask your local veterinarian what type of pet health care insurance plan would best suit your family pet. Ask your local veterinarian to read over the plan and listen to their advice. Talking to your local veterinarian will also help you establish if the insurance company you are considering purchasing your pet health care insurance plan from is reputable.

If you have purchased a pet that is as of yet unaltered you’ll want to look for a pet health care plan that includes neutering and spaying.

Before you pay for a pet health care insurance plan you need to carefully read how the policy handles prescription coverage. Most companies that sell pet health care insurance do not include prescription coverage in their basic medical health care insurance plan. If you are concerned about the cost of any prescription your pet might need during the course of its life you should probably consider buying a prescription coverage rider to complement your pet health care insurance. Although this rider may appear expensive and unnecessary you’ll probably wish you had purchased it if your pet is ever given a prescription for anything. Just like the human counterparts prescriptions are very expensive.

One of things you need to take into consideration when purchasing a pet health care insurance plan is the deductible. The deductible is the amount of money you pay out-of-pocket for veterinarian services rendered that your pet health care insurance plan does not cover. Different pet health care plans require different deductibles. The higher a the deductible you choose the lower your monthly payments to the insurance company but the higher deductible the more out-of-pocket extension had each time you visit the veterinarian’s office/clinic.

Most pet insurance companies have “cap” or limit placed on each pet health care insurance plan. This cap varies from one procedure to the next a broken leg will probably have a different cap then cancer treatments will for your pet. Before you purchase your pet health care insurance plan talk to the company representative about waiting periods. Find out exactly how long it’ll take over the policy to be effective and how long the general wait for claims to be reimbursed is. Most companies have a ten day period between the time they receive the vet bill and when the check gets placed in the mail. Also find out how the refund is processed. Does the pet health care insurance company pay the veterinarian directly or do you have to pay the vet and the company mails the check to you when they receive the bill.

Why you have the company representative on the phone task about any and all exclusions that might be included with your pet health care insurance plan. Specifically ask about any and all pre-existing conditions and hereditary defects that might come up later in your pet’s life. Many pet owners especially, those that have dogs, discover that hereditary defects come into their particular dogs are not covered by their pet health care insurance plan. Some companies will allow you to cover these potential problems with an additional rider. In some cases your local veterinarian will be able to warn you about any exclusions.

If you are considering a comprehensive health care insurance plan ask if the plan covers teen veterinarian visits such as; dental care, immunizations, and heartworm testing. Also ask if the pet health care insurance plan also covers the office call.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Feline Health, K9 Health | 2 Comments