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Pet First Aid - Two Guides with Great Advice

Pet HealthJanet BreyComment

Now that Spring/Summer is here - so are snakes! While walking my lab, I almost stepped on a snake basking in the sun. Keeping this in mind, I thought I share two links about Pet First Aid with you.

The first is the Pet First Aid Guide from AVMA. This handy pdf has tips and checklists to help keep your dog safe.

Another source of great info is from our friends at FluentWoof: First Aid for Dogs - Preparing for the Unexpected. This is a short article that provides what to do when a dog is choking (for example), along with videos that explain How to Tell if Your Dog Has Shock and Performing Dog Heimlich - all from Dr. Libby Guise, DVM.

Great information on what to do if you pet needs first aid.

Great information on what to do if you pet needs first aid.

Does a Dog or Cat Really Need a Bed?

Janet BreyComment

Think about how much we “humans” value our beds and how much time we spend selecting the “right” bed. Can’t be too soft, too hard, but has to be just right. What about our furry companions? Is there a need to provide them with a bed of their own?

Benefits of a Pet Bed

A pet bed provides more than just a place to sleep for your dog or cat.  There are many good reasons to have a pet bed available to your pet. Here are a few:

-        A pet bed gives a pet their own private space

-        A pet bed offers a quiet, safe place to relax

-        A pet bed can be a barrier against cold, hard floors and offer cushioning for the joints

-        A pet bed reduces the hair and dander on your furniture

 

  This dog seems to have outgrown his bed or should he go on a diet? 

  This dog seems to have outgrown his bed or should he go on a diet? 

What Type of Pet Bed is Best?

When you select a pet bed, you need to think about the style, size and cost.  Make sure that the bed is large enough so your pet can stretch out. If your pet likes to snooze with his or her head on the arm of a sofa, a bolster bed may be a good choice.  Of course, a better quality bed will cost you more than a cedar chip fill bed. Like everything in life, you get what you pay for.

Keep Your Pet Bed Clean

Buying the bed is the easy part, whereas keeping it clean is another story. Pet beds get dirty and can smell pretty bad in no time.  When selecting a pet bed, look for beds that have removable covers or are washable. Note that some “washable” beds are too large for home washers and may require a trip to the laundromat. Another alternative is to purchase a fitted sheet for the bed which can be easily washed and dried.

 This shows the results of a dirt test. A white fitted pet bed sheet was placed on pet bed and in 3 days was dirty and  stained.

 This shows the results of a dirt test. A white fitted pet bed sheet was placed on pet bed and in 3 days was dirty and  stained.

Summary

Pets should have a private space to call their own. It can be a pillow, a rug or a pet bed. Place the bed out of heavy traffic areas so your pet can rest in a quiet area.  Recognize that the bed needs to be cleaned regularly and keep this in mind when you select the bed.