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First-Aid Kit Essentials
Emergencies seldom give
warning, but we can be ready for them. Most people have
first aid kits on hand for themselves and family members.
But what about your animals? Pet care experts recommend
having a pet first aid kit that's right where you need it if
an animal emergency occurs.
You can buy kits that are
pre-assembled or assemble your own. Keep them in different
locations so that you are prepared at all times, in all
places. It's wise to keep one kit at home, one in the car,
and wherever else your pet spends time -- the office, a
relative's or friend's home, a vacation retreat, etc. If
customizing your own, use a container that is sturdy,
waterproof and easy to spot when you need to locate it in a
Here is what every basic
first aid kit
- Phone numbers and
addresses: Veterinarian, Emergency Vet, Poison Control
- Basic pet first-aid book
- Photocopies of your
pet's paperwork: important medical records, vaccinations,
- Medical gloves: to
protect hands and prevent contamination
- Scissors: to cut gauze
or the animal's hair
- Bottled water
- A mild antibacterial
soap: to clean skin and wounds
- Paper towels
- Gauze pads: for wounds
- Gauze rolls: for wounds
and can also be used as a temporary muzzle
- Alcohol prep pads: to
sterilize equipment - NOT for use on wounds
- Self-adhesive bandages:
flexible bandage used to wrap and stabilize injuries (do
not wrap too tightly)
- A large cloth towel: to
- Hydrogen peroxide: to
clean minor wounds
- Eyewash: such as contact
lens solution or water in a squeeze bottle to gently but
thoroughly flush out wounds and eyes
- Antibiotic ointment: for
cuts and abrasions (never for eyes)
- Cotton applicator swabs
- Tweezers: for the
removal of foreign objects from skin and paws; and for
the proper removal of ticks
important rule to observe: make sure to always read
directions and warnings before applying any medications,
either prescribed or over the counter, to your pet. If you
have an emergency, you should always contact your
veterinarian for further instruction.
make sure to always read directions and warnings before
applying any medications to your
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Stray cats are also
picked up and brought to this shelter. Please check this
web site and call the shelter for availability of a
certain cat or kitten. Cats, kittens, dogs & puppies
are picked up daily; do not depend on this site for up to
the minute arrivals or departures.
mos. or less $35 s/n hold
Fee includes Rabies,
Distemper shots, spay/neuter and FIV Leukemia
we want for christmas is a new home and a family to
1 yr. old DSH
of my adoption fee has been
approx. 3-4 years old and is a dilute calico.
Unfortunately the stress of living at the
shelter is taking it's toll on her health.
Gretchen just can't seem to completely rid
herself of the dreaded "shelter cold". In an
effort to get this girl into a home where she
can decompress and feel better,
have completely waived her adoption fee.
is spayed, vaccinated, and FeLv/FIV negative.
She will also go home with some antibiotics.
Gretchen loves people and is okay with other
animals. We would love for Gretchen to be home
1 yr. old DLH
With Your Cat
decorating your home for Christmas remember to take extra
precautions to ensure the safety of your pet cat.
time is the time of year where we lavishly decorate our
homes with twinkling lights and colored decorations. Our
centerpiece is a wonderful scented fir tree, which we
cover with spangle balls and tempting chocolates. All
these things help to make our homes feel cosy and warm
and traditionally seasonal. Unfortunately we are not the
only ones attracted by the tinsel and the light, our cats
with their highly inquisitiveness are also going to take
particular interest in all our Christmas excess and
sparkle. But lurking within those Christmas celebrations
are hidden dangers for our furry friends.
our pet cats in mind, we should decorate our homes this
Christmas with care and put in place precautions to keep
them safe. Things to consider are:
Mistletoe and Poinsettias - these are all plants that
we traditionally like to bring into our homes during
the Christmas period. Unfortunately all these plants
are toxic to cats and if eaten can cause serious
illness. So always ensure that these plants are not
accessible to your cats, place them on high shelves or
drape them over centre light fittings. But if you have
a cat that is very agile and inquisitive it may be
safest not to bring these plants into the house.
trees - It is practically impossible to stop your cat
from exploring this new and interesting item. The only
thing you can do is to make sure that it as safe as
absolutely possible and that the cat is not allowed
access to it alone. A few measures to take are:
a tree that does not shed its needles too quickly if
at all. Some fir trees don't shed, while others have
particularly spike needles that are perfect for
getting in soft paws and worse still being eaten.
sure the tree is firmly secured and will not tip over.
breakable decorations further up the tree and not in
the lower branches where they become new play things
for your cat.
some strong smelling liquid onto the and around the
base of the tree. Diluted Lemon juice is good and will
help to deter kitty coming too close.
and other Christmas decorations - Always place
decorations especially tinsel out of the cats reach.
It is just too tempting for your cat and if swallowed
cat cause blockages.
snow - this is toxic to cats, so should be avoided if
possible. If you must have it, make sure your cat is
not left alone in a room with it, especially at
danger to look out for during the Christmas period is
visitors or family members giving chocolates to your cat.
They may think they are giving them a treat but actually
they are poisoning them. Chocolate contains
methylxanthines and theobromines, which are very toxic
for both cats and dogs; it over stimulates their nervous
system and cardiovascular system. Always keep chocolates
covered up and out of reach of your pets, also let guests
know about the dangers.
of eating chocolate are;
suspect that your cat has eaten some chocolate and is
showing some signs of illness they should be taken to the
vets immediately. In the worse case scenario, death can
occur and all from eating a few charismas chocolates. So
extra special care should be taken to keep such goodies
away from our pets.
all the celebrates and visitors it is easy for your cat
to begin to feel a little neglected and even scared,
especially if there is a lot of noise and unexpected
people in the house. Always try to find some time during
all the Christmas day mayhem to pay them some attention.
It is also a good idea to put aside a separate room for
your cat to retreat to if you are expecting a lot of
guests. Place in the room somewhere warm for them to
sleep, a few of their favourite toys and make sure they
have a clean litter tray and some water available. So if
your cat decided that it is all too much for them they
can be placed in this room and be kept safe and
comfortable until things return to normal.
like Christmas and all it's fuss and glitter, but your
cat may not feel the same way especially if we don't pay
particular attention to their needs during this