Be Pup-ared – For many families, the spring and summer months equals vacation and travel. But before you head out on your spring break, take a moment to review your pet first aid kit, which you should always pack when you travel. A basic pet first aid kit should contain gauze, nonstick bandages, towels, adhesive tape, milk of magnesia, activated charcoal, hydrogen peroxide, a digital thermometer and a medicine dropper. A pre-made first aid kit for pets is definitely handy, but in an emergency you’ll also want to make sure you have all your pet’s essential information at hand. Make copies of your pet’s vaccination and medical history and keep a set in the kit, along with contact numbers for your regular vet and an after-hours emergency vet clinic. It’s also helpful if you learn some basic first aid skills, so head over to redcross.org, and type in your ZIP code to find some classes in your local area.
Sick As a Dog? – Does puppy act funny in the car? She may be suffering from motion sickness. Dogs and cats can get motion sickness just like we can, and may become dizzy, nauseated, or even sick during trips. Conditioning your pet to travel with short, frequent trips may help; if not, talk to your vet about other options, such as medication.
The Lyme is Now – May is the peak month for ticks.To stay ahead of trouble, protect your pets with a preventative such as Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix II now – if you aren’t already – and be diligent about checking your pet after trips to the park or walks around the block.