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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Love is in the Air: How to Avoid a Pet Emergency on Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re single, engaged, or otherwise attached, there’s no avoiding Valentine’s Day. Once a small holiday meant to honor a saint, Valentine’s Day has become an enormous event that people prepare for weeks in advance. Chocolates, homemade cards, candles, and flowers all go a long way toward professing love, but what happens when a pet gets into the mix? Yes, love is in the air, but a true pet emergency could also be afoot.

Cocoa Culprits

From exquisite truffles to M&M’s, people love chocolate. Unfortunately, the chemical compounds – theobromine and caffeine – found in chocolate treats are responsible for large numbers of accidental pet poisonings. Both of these alkaline substances cannot be effectively metabolized by pets, and have the potential to cause vomiting, heart arrhythmia, and seizures when absorbed by the bloodstream.
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Is Your Pet Emergency Know-How Up to Par?

Ill dogSharing your home with four-legged critters is a fun and rewarding experience – most of the time. Every once in awhile, though, pet ownership can take a serious turn. Unfortunately, animals can become sick or injured, and it isn’t always at a convenient time. Do you know what constitutes a pet emergency and what you would do if you had one?

Read on to make sure that your pet emergency skills are where they need to be. Continue…