Our 2nd Annual Vetericyn Loves Animals Charity Giveaway begins today! Nominate your favorite animal non-profit organization through October 8th on our website now: http://vetericyn.com/charitycontest/
As we celebrate National Pet Week (Southern California residents!) sign up for our special Red Cross Cat & Dog First Aid/CPR Class at Kahoots Pet Store in Chino Hills, CA scheduled for June 2! Learn practical information and gain Red Cross certification during this 4-hour session. Enter the discount code when you enroll and pay 1/2 the enrollment fee. Visit http://vetericyn.com/petfirstaid/ for more details!
Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Blair, a year-old black lab mix, suffered a gunshot wound while living on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She recovered, but remained skittish and nervous from life on the streets, and was living indefinitely at Woodland West Animal Hospital.
Tanner, a 2-year-old golden retriever, was brought to the same shelter when his owner died. Tanner is blind, and also suffers from a seizure disorder that causes him to evacuate his bowels. “His seizure disorder was really, really bad and nothing — no medications — seemed to be helping,” said hospital director Dr. Mike Jones. “Anytime he seizes he expresses his bowels. … It made living in a home very, very difficult.”
Jones said he considered putting Tanner down. Then, Tanner met Blair.
“One day they were exercising in a play yard together and they got together,” Jones said. “Blair all of a sudden seemed to realize that Tanner was blind and just started to help him around.” Now Blair leads Tanner around the playground by his leash — a seeing-eye dog for another dog.
Since the pair became besties, Blair’s timidity has lessened, and Tanner is suffering fewer seizures. “They absolutely have to be adopted together,” Jones said. “But it’s going to take a special home with someone who understands their special relationship.”
[Pictured: Red Cross Instructor Mike addressing the Kahoots Pet Store Cat & Dog CPR/First Aid Class this past weekend in Chino Hills, CA]
We asked Lulu’s Mom some of the key things she learned from this past weekend’s Cat and Dog CPR/First Aid Class with the Red Cross. The following are some of her take aways.
Did you know?—
1.) Dogs lose heat through panting and the pads of their feet, so if your dog is overheated it is important to remember to keep them off the hot pavement and find ways to cool them down (normal temperature is 100-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit):
- Run cold liquid down dog’s spine
- Put water soaked towel on head, neck, feet, chest and abdomen
- Place dog in front of fan
- Rub isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol 70% on pads of feet – but do not use large quantity (more than ½ pint) because it can be toxic if ingested
2.) The three places to take a pulse on a dog:
- The inner thigh
- Just below the wrist
- Just below the hock (ankle)
3.) Pet first aid kits can be different from human kits by containing:
- Canine nail clippers
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
Congratulations to Week 2’s Winner of the Pet First Aid Kit: R. Foxworth!