Building Blocks: A Pet First Aid Kit

Just like you (hopefully) have a first aid kit for yourself and your family, it’s important to also be prepared with a pet first aid kit. Nicks and scrapes are bound to happen if you have pets. And although none of us likes to think about it, natural disasters, injuries, and illnesses can and do happen both close to and far from home.

A first aid kit is a critical first step in being prepared should a pet emergency arise. With a little preparation and planning, pet parents can perform on the spot care to help or save their pet’s life. Once stabilized, it will likely be important to have your pet seen. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital is always here to answer questions, and if you are worried about your pet, don’t hesitate to seek veterinary care immediately.

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Allergic Reaction or Pet Poisoning? Both are a Pet Emergency!

It’s just another normal day at home when all of a sudden, you start to notice your pet acting a little funny. What’s going on? A closer look at their general appearance and behavior may reveal they’re unwell, but without a concrete understanding of what’s behind vague symptoms, you’re stumped.

In some cases, you could have a bona fide pet emergency on your hands. Was your pet exposed to something toxic? Are they having a serious allergic reaction to something? The answer may surprise you. Either way, it’s a situation that requires quick thinking and immediate action.

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Throw Me a Bone, Man: Dogs and Real Bones

Dogs and real bones can cause a pet emergency

The iconic image of a happy dog with a bone in his mouth is one with which we are all very familiar. While a meaty bone from your dinner plate may seem like the perfect treat for man’s best friend, there are some things to take into consideration before letting your pet indulge. Dogs and real bones aren’t always a match made in heaven, and Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to be privy to why that’s the case.

When Dogs and Real Bones Don’t Mix

Throwing your dog a bone may have some legit benefits. Chewing on a bone can provide some relief from boredom, be a source of valuable minerals, and support dental health. There are some serious risks associated with the practice, though, that should be taken into consideration.

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When Caring Hurts: Compassion Fatigue Among Veterinary Professionals

compassion fatigueThe depth of love we feel for our animal friends is both astounding and understandable. Our pets fill our homes with joy, laughter, and an incredible bond unlike any other. So, it’s not unusual to feel grief and loss when we must say goodbye to a cherished pet.

For those whose lives are focused on caring for animals, the likelihood of being exposed to these feelings, as well as the day-to-day toll of taking care of terminally ill or sick pets, can be detrimental to well being. Compassion fatigue among veterinary professionals is common but often not discussed. Those on the frontlines of pet health care, such as shelter works, veterinarians and technicians, and caretakers for gravely ill pets, are all at risk of exhaustion and depression.

The team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants to explore ways to better cope with grief, loss, and other strong feelings in response to caring for pets. It’s our way of supporting those who understand this unique but common situation.

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