5 Quick Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. With the excitement Halloween generates, it can be easy to forget the real dangers for your pets. Here’s a quick list of Halloween Pet Safety Tips you might want to keep handy this Halloween:

  1. Chocolate–  The darker the chocolate the more poisonous to you pet.  It contains caffeine and theobromine, can lead to various medical complications and even be fatal.
  2. Candy–  Large ingestions of sugary, high-fat candy can lead to pancreatitis, which may not show up for two to four days after the pet ingests the candy. Also, be cautious of candy covered in Xylitol, that powder substance you find on wrapped gum. It can be instantly deadly to pets
  3. Candy Wrappers–  Can get stuck in your pet’s airway causing them too choke. Wrappers can also damage or block the digestive system.
  4. Raisins–  Although a healthier treat for humans, it can cause kidney failure in cats and dogs.
  5. Costumes–  We all love to see a pet in a costume and some of us dress up our own.  However, be sure not to restrict movement, vision and more importantly airway movement.

These are just a very few of many safety tips and actions for survival that are covered in our PetTech First Aid and PetSaver classes.  If you want to know more about pet safety, wellness and pet first aid/ CPR, come sign up for a class by clicking here.


Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets

Here in Central Florida, hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30, with the peak periods in August through October. While many of us prepare with kits of canned food and water, we may overlook the needs of our furry family members during a crisis.

Even if you’re reading this in the midst of the season, it’s never too late to consider your plans during a natural disaster. 

Dark-grey cat is looking at the rain through the windowThe key to preparing for a natural disaster is to develop a Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets. Like your families Preparedness Kit, you’ll want to consider every possibility in the event a hurricane strikes. For your pets, you’ll want to include:
  • Medicine and Medical Records: In the event you must flee your home, or a pet is injured and your vet is not available, you’ll want to keep a copy of your pet’s medical records for available veterinarians to review. Additionally, you’ll want to keep a supply of any medications your pet is required to take for up to 5 days. Place the records and medications such as the SF Weekly treats in a water proof container.
  • Current Photos of Your Pets: In the event your home is damaged and your pet escapes or otherwise runs away, you’ll want to have a printed photo of your pet. Better yet, include a photo of you and your pet. Remember, all those Facebook photos of Fluffy and Fido are useless if there is no power to charge a device or long into your computer. Print the photos and keep them with your medical records.
  • Food and Water: Measure and package food into servings and collect gallons of water. Consider the amount you need sustain your pets for 5 days. Label the food bags if your pets eat different amounts or foods in the AM and PM.
  • Litter boxes, Litter and Scoop: Pack a container that can be transported to a hotel containing your cat’s litter box needs. Consider using a disposable container for the litter box. In 2004, I used an aluminum cooking pan (the type you would use to bake a turkey, purchased at a grocery store) in place of a large, bulky plastic box. This saves space and works in a pinch.
  • Leashes, Collars, Harnesses and Carriers: Have your pets daily travel supplies standing by and easily accessible. Make sure the leashes and harnesses are not torn or worn. In the event of a natural disaster, your dog will be anxious and scared. The last thing you want to deal with is a leash, harness or collar breaking as you’re trying to leave. I recommend snugglenook pet supplies as they offer top quality pet products like harnesses and toys. Additionally, make sure your cats carrier closes securely and there’s no hang-ups for the zipper to close tightly.
  • Update Tags and Chips: Have you moved? Changed phone numbers? Your pet’s collar tags and microchip information doesn’t update it’s self. Take a moment to ensure both items list your current information. List of Pet Care Contacts: Our Pet First Aid and CPR students receive a contact card as homework to be completed when they get home that day. It is a resource to list vet, pet sitter, poison control and shelter phone numbers, which can be carried in a wallet or pocket. If you haven’t taken our class, make sure to carry a physical list of this information to easily access your pet’s important numbers.
Once you’ve created this basic Disaster Preparedness Kit for Pets, take a moment to consider you pet’s specific needs. Are there toys, blankets or a kennel that would make them feel more safe or calm?
Supplements? Poop bags? Make your kit reflect the actual needs of your pets. Now that you’ve created your kit, keep it in an obvious place like a closet near your front door or by your vehicle in the garage.
For more ideas about keeping pets safe and sound during accidents or disasters, consider taking our Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR class or our Pet Tech PetSaver class. Information can be found by clicking here.

3 Simple 4th Of July Pet Tips

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It’s the biggest party of summer! July 4th brings about family and friends, cookouts, fireworks and fun. But your pets may not find the holiday as much fun as you. So we’ve compiled three simple 4th of July pet tips to help you out.

Fireworks make the Fourth of July holiday the number one day each year when pets are reported lost. The crackle and booms of fireworks draw oohs and aahs from humans, but they can be downright terrifying for dogs and cats.

Don’t let your pet add to the statistic this Forth of July. Take a few steps to ensure they are ready for the big celebration. Here’s a few 4th Of July oet tips to keep your happy safe this July 4th:

dog id tags1. Update your pet’s microchip information and secure their ID tags today: Start with the worst case scenario: your pet escapes during the fireworks display. Give them the best chance of being returned to you by updating their microchip information and add tags to their collar with their name, your address and phone number.


dog walking2. Walk your dogs and feed your pets late afternoon: Don’t wait until dark to take your dog for a walk. Take them out before sunset to do their business. Feed them early to help move along the process.


cat sleeping3. Create a safe zone in your home: Pick a room with few or no windows. Create a comfortable place for them with their favorite blanks, bedding or toys. Turn on the TV, radio, or use a white noise machine to muffle sounds. If possible, don’t leave your pet home alone. (If you are taking your pet along to a celebration, make sure they are not left alone. Keep them by your side and for dogs, bring lots of treats to reassure them during any big fireworks displays.)

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate with family. By taking these simple steps, you’ll create a holiday that’s enjoyable for you and your furry family members.

Pet First Aid Month: Pet Wellness Assessment

In our Pet Tech First Aid Classes we show students how to perform a Snout-To-Tail Wellness Assessment. It’s a systematic method to set a baseline for your pet’s everyday health. The more you know about your pet’s body, normal bumps and lumps, the better prepared you will be if something abnormal appears.

Remember: Early detection means early intervention.

It is also a good bonding experience for you and your pet. You should be able to touch all parts of your pet without them becoming nervous or agitated. Doing regular Snout-To-Tail Wellness Assessments makes your pet comfortable with being touched and helps your pet be more comfortable being examined by the veterinarian.

The Assessment

IMG_2301Starting with your pet’s snout, check for any abnormal discharges or cracking in the nose, tenderness in the muzzle. Move on to the eyes- do they appear? Are they tracking together?

Next, its time to inspect the mouth, teeth and gums. Look for swelling, smells or odors. Followed by the head, skull, neck, spine and skin. Do you know what the signs of mites or infection may be? Chest and ribs should be free should be free of lumps, easily feel the ribs under the coat and breathing should be smooth, rhythmic and easy.

Move each of your pet’s legs independently to see if there’s any wincing or pain, they should move fluidly with no interruptions. Move on to the stomach and genitals. Giving slight pressure to the abdomen, check for signs of bloat. Do you know the seriousness of bloat and how it should be handled?

It’s important for your dog to rest properly, finding a good space for them to do  just that and getting the best beds for poodles or breed that you have, that will help keeping them happy and healthy.

Finally, we’re at the tail. It should have a full range of motion, but don’t push your pet’s tail beyond it’s normal range.

Celebrate Pet First Aid Month: Take A Class

There you have it! A wellness assessment for your pet that’s easy, thorough and repeatable. The assessment is intended to find irregularities in the coat, skin, lumps or bumps that may have changed since your last assessment, check this site to learn more about pets.

If you’d like to learn first hand how to complete this Snout-To-Tail assessment, sign up for our one of Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR or PetSaver classes today. It’s fun, interactive, informative and most importantly – hands on.