Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pet friendly medical transport service

Pets are important. Besides being cute and entertaining, they can ease loneliness, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and combat depression.

It can, however, be difficult to travel with pets, especially for the elderly and for people with special medical needs; two groups that benefit the most from animal companions. Leaving the furry or feathered friend behind can increase the stress of an unusual situation.

Med Transport Center is a long-range medical transport service with roots in St Petersburg, Florida, and their philosophy is that everyone should be welcome, including the pets. They offer transportation all over the USA for distances over 300 miles. Dogs need to have a collar and leash, and smaller animals should travel in a crate.

While dogs are the most common animals seen on the trips, cats and birds have also accompanied their owners.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New blog for cat lovers

The website has been around for a while, writing about food, fitness, and fun. Now it has a sister site: Slimdoggy contains everything from fun to ratings of dog food, and the intention is that slimkitty will discuss the same subjects, but from a cat-related perspective. 

According to almost 58 percent of cats in the US are overweight, and that is five percent more than overweight dogs. Looking at the obese group, there are ten percent more obese cats in the USA than there are obese dogs. Changing that statistic must begin with awareness amongst humans.

Cats and dogs are very different, and when it comes to weight loss in cats it is important to know that cats should not go on crash diets.

Cats have a unique metabolism and they do not respond well to fasting. If a cat's food intake is rapidly and significantly depressed, they can develop Hepatic Lipidosis, which is potentially fatal. Thus it is important to make sure that a cat eats something every day; any cat that hasn't eaten in three days is in trouble.

If you think your cat is chubby, check out There are also some great advice on how to handle overweight cats on

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Monday, April 28, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Plott

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The Plott is the state dog of North Carolina and stems from Hanoverian Hounds brought to North America by the Plott brothers in 1750. 

Seven generations of Plott men bred the family dogs and used them to hunt bear and boar, and today the dogs are known by the Plott family name.

The breed's ancestors, the Hanoverian Hounds, are respected for their ability to locate a wounded animal even though the trail is a week or more old, and some of this tracking ability remains in the Plott. They are also able to quickly traverse rough terrain and water in all seasons.

These dogs are athletic and known for their endurance, determination, and courage. They don't require much grooming, but they need daily exercise.

In the home they're generally eager to please, loyal, and alert, but they can be quite aggressive and bold when hunting. They often ignore other dogs, and cover attention from humans.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Friday, April 25, 2014

Things you didn't know about the Pekingese

The Pekingese is a charming little dog associated with the emperors of China for millennia. They are also called the lion dog, for their brave hearts.

  • While the Pekingese doesn't look much like a wolf, they are genetically amongst the breeds closest to wolves

  • Thee breed stems back to the Han dynasty, roughly 2,000 years ago

  • The Pekingese, the Tibetan Mastiff, and the Lhasa Apso were all bred to resemble stylized Chinese lion images

  • Emperor Lingdi of Han (ruled 168-189) made his favorite Pekingese a member of the nobel cast.

  • In the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) nobody outside the Imperial palace was allowed to own or breed a Pekingese. If an ordinary person happened to cross paths with one of the dogs, he or she had to bow.

  • At one period in history, the Pekingese were bred down in size so their owners could carry them concealed in their sleeves. They were called "sleeve dogs."

  • Three dogs escaped the Titanic: two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What is an assistance dog?

There are many types of working dogs, and assistance dogs is a category that truly enhances people's lives through providing specific services.

There are three basic types of assistance dogs:

  • Guide dogs, helping blind and visually impaired
  • Hearing dogs, helping deaf and hard of hearing
  • Service dogs, helping people with other types of disabilities.

Guide dogs assist humans through helping them avoid obstacles, stopping at steps and curbs, and negotiating traffic. The human provides directional commands, but the dog has to ensure the team's safety. This can be difficult and requires a lot from the dog, because keeping a person safe can require disobeying a direct command.

Hearing dogs assist through alerting their handlers to a variety of sounds, such as doorbells, alarm clocks, telephones, crying babies, and many other important sounds. The dogs are trained to make physical contact with their human partner, and lead them to the source of the sound.

Service dogs help humans with a wide variety of tasks. Some are trained to work with wheelchairs, some help children with autism, others are medical alert dogs. Depending on their task, they're often trained to retrieve objects, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, finding help, providing balance, and a variety of other things.

Assistance dogs are recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act and must be allowed access to any place that is open to the public. They often wear special harnesses or vests identifying them, but not always. 

As assistance dog can also be a therapy dog, but it's not necessarily the same thing. Assistance dogs are trained to perform specific tasks, while therapy dogs are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, disaster areas, and many other situations.

There are three basic kinds of therapy dogs:
  • Therapeutic visitation dogs, who visit hospitals, nursing homes, and similar places where the visiting dog can brighten the day, comfort, and motivate people.
  • Animal assisted therapy dogs, who assist physical and occupational therapists. These dogs often work in rehabilitation facilities, and help humans gain motion in limbs, regain fine motor control, and similar tasks.
  • Facility therapy dogs, who primarily work in nursing homes and are trained to help patients with Alzheimer's and similar problems

Therapy dogs undergo training, and in many areas they must pass the Canine Good Citizen test as well as a therapy dog certification test. Therapy dogs and their handlers are not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Another important difference is that while the general public should not approach a working service dog and distract them from their job, they are encouraged to pet therapy dogs. It's the dog's job.

There are also emotional support dogs. They provide comfort and emotional support to their person, but are not technically considered service dogs under the Americans with Disabilities Act. They do, however, have rights under the Fair Housing Act and Air Carrier Access Act.

Regardless of task and breed, they all perform important jobs that make a world of difference for people.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Why shouldn't cats eat dog food?

Multi-pet households sometimes run into problems with one species liking the other's food better than their own. It's normally not a big deal if dogs eat cat food, but cats should not eat dog food.

It's not the end of the world if the cat chews down a few pieces of dog food, but it shouldn't be a steady diet, because cats have vastly different nutritional requirements than dogs. 
Cats require more protein than dogs do. 

Dogs are considered omnivores. This means that while they might prefer to eat meat, they can survive on plant material alone and they can digest carbohydrate foods. (That doesn't mean that a plant based food is a good source of nutrition for dogs. They can survive on it, while a cat cannot.)

Cats, however, are carnivores. They cannot sustain life unless they eat meat in some form, and they need a higher percentage of meat in their diet than dogs do.

Vitamin A

Dogs have the ability to break down carotenoids (organic pigments from plants) and convert these into active Vitamin A. 

Cats process little to no enzymes that break down plant-produced carotenoids. They have to get vitamin A that has already been converted from carotenoids to its active form by some other animal. 


Arginine is a building block for proteins vital to many of an animal's internal functions. Dogs can produce enzymes that aid production of Arginine, and they do fine on a diet low in Arginine. thus, it's not a priority in dog food. Cats, on the other hand, cannot produce Arginine, and they are dependent on getting it with every meal. 


Taurine is another amino acid, distributed through most body tissues. It is important for the heart, retina, and other organs. Dogs make their own Taurine, but cats must eat it preformed. It is not present in plant tissues, they can only get it from meat.

These are just three examples of substances cats must have that they won't get in sufficient amounts from eating dog food. Other examples include arachidonic acid, niacin, and felinine (a compound made from a sulfur amino acid that is only present in cats).

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

France creates new legal status, declaring pets sentient beings

To pet lovers, dogs, cats, and other pets are clearly individuals who think and feel. This isn't always the case in the eyes of the law, and many countries' legal systems consider them pieces of furniture with the ability to move on their own. 

France recently voted to give pets new rights. The change came from a petition with 700,000 signatures, and gives French cats and dogs better legal protection from animal cruelty. The new ruling will also help courts decide who gets custody of pets when couples divorce, and can allow pet owners to claim damages for suffering in their animals are killed.

With the new legal status, pets are described as "living beings capable of feelings." The new stance might also have an impact on the treatment of other types of animals.

The US shares France's old point of view on animals, considering them "movable goods." Hopefully, other countries will follow the good example of France and acknowledge that animals are living, breathing, sentient beings.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Tosa

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The Tosa is a Japanese breed of dog, mentioned in written Japanese lore for 1,000 years. The breed comes from Tosa Wan on the island of Shikoku, and is known for extreme courage and athletic abilities.

In the past, these dogs were of Spitz lineage and resembled a reddish brown Akita. According to the AKC they were often used for fighting, and when the Europeans began trading with Japan, they brought Mastiffs to fight the Tosa. The indigenous dogs were too small to stand a chance. Someone bred a dog with a bulldog, and the puppies became the forefathers of today's Tosa dog. Ever since the breed has been bred to be bigger and stronger.

Between 1924 and 1933 there were more than 5,000 Tosa breeders in Japan. When Japan entered World War II, dog fighting became illegal, and in an attempt to discourage illegal fights, raising 150 lbs dogs was also made illegal. This reduced the Tosa to near extinction. Some of the most passionate breeders smuggled the last few dogs to Northern Japan and hid them until the end of the war.

Today, the breed has split into two classes: Japanese bred who generally weighs between 80 and 135 lbs, and non-Japanese bred who normally weigh from 130 to 200 lbs.

The breed is known for bing suspicious against strangers, fearless, brave, and intelligent. They are loyal to their family and generally very quiet. As all dogs they need training and socialization, and it is important for them to be close to the family. They can do well in an apartment if it gets enough exercise; they make great walking and jogging companions.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Keep in mind for Easter...

Easter lilies are beautiful, but toxic to cats.
If you have a cat, make sure to
keep the lilies out of reach.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays. To me it's a time of spring cleaning and fresh starts. Out with the old - winter - and in with the new.

It's also a time when a lot of people bring new and unusual things into the house, and pets are curious. Being aware can prevent a trip to the vet's office.

On the top of the list, watch out for lilies and cats.

Lilies aren't particularly poisonous to dogs or people, but many kinds cause kidney failure in cats. Even if you don't have them indoors they might be in a neighbor's yard, so it's good to be aware of the symptoms of lily poisoning.

  • Easter lilies are very poisonous to cats. The petals, leaves, stems, and even pollen is poisonous. If you see your cat licking or eating any part of an Easter lily you need to call the vet. Even rubbing up against the vase can be a bad thing. Cats can ingest small amounts of pollen while grooming themselves, and this may lead to kidney failure.
    • Symptoms develop within six to twelve hours
    • Signs of poisoning include vomiting, loss of appetite, dehydration, and lethargy
    • Some cats stagger, appear disoriented, or suffer seizures
    • The cat needs treatment as quickly as possible. Don't wait to see what will happen or if the cat will get sick/better. If you know your cat ate a part of an Easter lily, contact the vet. Speed is of the essence, and the sooner the cat gets treatment, the better the prognosis, and the lower the cost.
  • Tiger lilies, Day lilies, and Asiatic lilies can also lead to kidney failure in cats.
  • Peace lilies, Peruvian lilies, and Calla lilies and usually not a problem for cats.

Tiger Lilies are beautiful, but
not for cats.
Easter grass can also fascinate pets. This is the fake grass in the bottom of Easter baskets. While not poisonous, eating long and stringy things is bad for pets. The grass often gets anchored around the tongue or stomach, and it can cause severe intestinal damage. Surgery is expensive and unpleasant. It's much easier to keep the Easter grass out of reach.

Easter is also a holiday of sweets. By now most people know that chocolate is toxic to pets, but many still underestimate the allure it holds, and the tenacity of a pet wanting something. Enjoy it, but keep it out of Fido's reach.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fun Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs!

Easter egg hunts are usually reserved for human children, but Animal Friends of Morgantown gave the event a fun twist last week. Local dog owners were invited to bring their pooches to search for hundreds of hidden eggs filled with dog treats and biscuits.

Most dogs love to work, and their sense of smell is beyond human comprehension, so looking for hidden treasures like this must be a highlight of the season.

Many dogs enjoy food-based games, and you can do it at home. Outside is extra fun, but if you don't have a yard, indoors also works. Just make sure the dog doesn't see you prepare the course.

Drop tiny pieces of a treat every few inches of your chosen route, and hide the big treat at the end. You might have to show your dog the starting point.

It's wise to start with a short track to keep the dog's attention, but as he or she gets used to the game the trail can be longer with more distance between the treat pieces.

It can also be fun to seek hidden treats. In this game, you "hide" pieces of a treat and let the dog find them. The first times he or she will need to see you hide to understand what's up. Use a "key-word" to start the game, and your dog will soon go searching for goodies every time you say it. It's a good idea to use the same number of hidden treats every time. Dogs have a sense of numbers and will soon figure out how many hidden treats there are.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Is your dog a hero? Nominate them for an award!

The ACE Awards stands for "Awards for Canine Excellence" and is sponsored by the AKC Humane Fund. If you know a dog that deserves an award, nominations are open through July 1st.

The ACE celebrates canine heroes in five categories:

  • Uniformed Service K-9 dogs
    • These are dogs certified for law enforcement, military, and fire fighting.
  • Search and Rescue dogs
    • These are dogs certified to assist in tracking, natural disasters, locating missing people, and similar.
  • Therapy Dogs 
    • These are dogs certified to provide affection and comfort to those in need.
  • Service dogs
    • These are dogs certified to help those with disabilities.
  • Exemplary Companions
    • These are non-certified household pets.
All entrants receive an AKC Humane Fund Certificate of Recognition acknowledging the nomination. If a dog receives an honorable mention they will get an engraved bronze mediallion.

The winner of each category wins an all-expense paid trip to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL. $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of the winner's choice, and a medal presented at an award ceremony.

To nominate a dog, follow this link and fill out the form. 

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Glen of Imaal Terrier

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The Glen of Imaal Terrier is a tough and small terrier breed native to Ireland, stemming back to the 16th century. They were originally bred to keep homes and farms free from vermin, and to hunt badgers and foxes.

Besides the hunting tasks, these dogs had one more important job, and they are the only dogs in the world specifically bred to perform it: they were turnspit dogs.

What's a turnspit?

A turnspit is a large wheel that the dog would paddle, and the wheel turned a spit over the hearth. It's a dog-powered rotisserie! The Glens have developed strong legs, and performed this paddling chore for hundreds of years without the world outside of Ireland knowing much about them.

These dogs are considered a "big dog on short legs" and weigh around 36 lbs. They're known to be active, agile, and intent on whatever they're doing, and as many other terriers, they can have a mind of their own. However, they don't bark much. They love activity, but can relax indoors, and do well in families with older children.

The Glens are generally strong and healthy with an average life span of 15 years.

The first Glens to arrive to America came with their owners in the 1930s. Today there is a breed club, and the breed is recognized by the AKC.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pumpkin and peanut butter dog cookies!

About a year ago we posted a recipe for pumpkin peanut butter dog cookies, and people have been asking for it, so here it is again. Revisiting a favorite: pumpkin peanut butter dog cookies!


  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (unsalted and unsweetened)
  • 0.5 teaspoon salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Whisk together flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Add water as needed to help make the dough workable. The dough should be dry and stiff.
  • Roll dough into a 0.5 inch thick roll.
  • Cut into 0.5 inch thick pieces.
  • Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

About the recipe

Regular white flour is bad for dogs, but whole wheat has fibers and proteins good for dogs. It shouldn't be a major part of their diet though, so if they eat a lot of cookies you might want to cut down on kibbles and food with grains as their main ingredient.

Pumpkins are great for pets. They contain a lot of water and fiber, and helps keep the digestive system working well. Pumpkins are often recommended as a remedy for upset tummies. Most dogs will gladly eat canned pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and cooked fresh pumpkin. (When using the canned version, make sure it's just pumpkin and not pie filling...)

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gardening time is close

Gardening time is approaching in large parts of the world. For others it's already here, and for pet owners there are some specific things to consider when planning the yard. Such as, cocoa mulch which is wildly popular through the USA is dangerous to pets if they eat it.

Cocoa mulch is made from leftovers from the cocoa bean roasting process. On the upside it's environmentally friendly and it looks and smells good. The downside? It is extremely toxic to dogs and cats.

This type of mulch contains more toxic than milk chocolate or even baker's chocolate, and once a dog starts eating the mulch they generally like it and won't stop. That means that a dog can eat a lot of mulch, and get a significant amount of the toxic.

The below example is based on a 50 lbs dog:
  • 2 ounces of cocoa bean mulch will likely lead to abdominal pain and vomiting
  • 4 ounces of cocoa bean mulch will increase the dog's heart rate
  • 5.5 ounces of cocoa bean mulch is likely to lead to seizures
  • 9 ounces or more can be fatal
Cocoa mulch is not suitable for pet households. It is also wise for pet owners to keep an eye on the neighbors' yards; if they have cocoa mulch, pets must be kept away from it. If a dog or cat finds a way to eat it anyway, go to the vet at once. It is always a good idea to be prepared for emergencies, and to keep the numbers nearby vets and emergency vets programmed in a cell phone and on a note in a place where it is easy to find.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A dog's smell in numbers

Most dog owners know their furry friends have a fantastic sense of smell. Put into numbers, the dog's nose is truly amazing.

  • Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. A human has about five million smell-detecting cells, while the average dog has more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets all this information is four times larger in dogs than in humans.
  • Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water. They can smell where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt.
  • Trained dogs can detect cancer too small to be detected by medical equipment, and can find lung cancer through sniffing a person's breath.
  • Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints, and can be used to identify them.
  • A dog's nose being wet means it can collect more of the tiny droplets of smelly chemicals in the air.
  • The Catalburun has a split nose.

Besides the nose, a pair of average dog ears also outclass humans. A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a seconds, and can hear sounds four times further away than a human.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keep your e-cigarettes out of reach for pets

E-cigarettes are becoming a popular alternative to regular cigarettes, especially amongst people who want to stop smoking. They are battery-operated gadgets that heat up liquid containing nicotine, and the vapor is inhaled by the smoker. It is important to remember that nicotine is toxic to pets regardless of form and shape.

Many e-cigarettes come with cartridges filled with liquid. Others accompany little bottles where the smoker drips nicotine fluid on a special material. One cartridge can contain enough nicotine to make a 50 lbs dog very sick, and to kill a 10 lbs dog.

Regular cigarettes, nicotine chewing gum, patches, and lozenges are also dangerous to pets and children. The major difference between these and e-cigarette liquid is the concentration of nicotine. Be very careful to store both the cigarettes and paraphernalia out of reach.

What are the signs?

Dogs can develop vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, elevations in heart rate and respiration rate, depression, tremors, weakness, seizures, come, cardiac arrest, and death. These signs generally come quickly, and it is not possible to treat this at home. Even a small dose of nicotine requires veterinary care!

How much does it take to hurt a pet?

Chewing on the actual e-cigarette is bad enough, but as previously mentioned, cartridges and/or fluid are the most dangerous. The most common cartridges contain between 6 and 24 mg of nicotine along with propylene glycol, flavors, and other liquids. Call a vet immediately even if your pet "only" ate one cartridge.

Prevention is key

Keeping everything out of reach for everyone is easier said than done, but make a routine of putting things away in a cupboard or similar where pets and children can't reach it. If this isn't possible, consider a box with a lock they can't open. Write down the number for your regular vet and all emergency vets in the area in a place where it's easy to find. Having it in a cell phone is great, but also having it on a note on a the wall is better. If you have it in two places you have better odds of finding it in a stressful situation.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rare Breed Monday: Drentsche Patrijshond

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The Drentsche Patrijshond is also called the Dutch Partridge Dog and can be traced back to the 16th century, when the Spanish army brought spaniels north through France and to the Netherlands. It is one of the oldest of the versatile pointing breeds and its origin is thought to be as pointing dog for a falconer or cast-net hunter.

There are around 5,000 dogs registered with the breed club in the Netherlands, but they are not as common in other parts of the world.

These dogs make great family dogs and companions. While they have a strong hunting instinct, they have an ability to relax in the home, and they're known to be good with children. They announce visitors and will protect their family if need be, but they're not known for being aggressive.

This is a good breed for someone wanting an active dog that requires both physical and mental exercise. They like to have access to a place to run, and they excel in agility, hunting, tracking, and even dog sledding. Given proper stimulation and exercise they still tend to be calm indoors, and generally love to sit on the couch watching TV with their family.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Friday, April 4, 2014

Find the right size PlexiDor

When installing a pet door, it's important to find the right size. The door should be big enough to accommodate all the pets, but also as small as possible in order to minimize exposure to outside weather.

Pets usually make do with a smaller door than we think they need. Dogs tend to duck their heads and lift their feet as they go through, and the door should generally not be mounted flush with the floor.

The table below has some good advice on what size door certain dog breeds and weights generally require. You can download it here as a PDF file.

The tables to the right contains opening sizes and the necessary cut holes for different size PlexiDor door and wall units. It can be downloaded here as a PDF.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New PlexiDor catalogs available now

Page from the new PlexiDor dealer catalog
There are new PlexiDor catalogs available for resellers as well as customers. The catalogs contain information about all PlexiDor pet doors and accessories as well as size charts, tips on measuring a pet, security information, and more.

Pet organizations interested in becoming a reseller can sign up here to have a representative contact them with more information, or go to this page to see the eCatalog.

Individuals interested in learning more about the PlexiDor pet doors can visit this page to order the new retail catalog on paper.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dog of the Month: Viszla

The Viszla is a dog breed originating in Hungary, known for being athletic and loyal companions.

This is a natural hunter equipped with an excellent nose and outstanding trainability. They are lively, gentle mannered, and affectionate, but also fearless and protective when need be. Some people call them "velcro dogs" because of their loyalty and affection.

Viszlas are often vocal. They sing along with the radio, and cry when they feel neglected.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stock a pet First Aid kit!

Everyone hopes the worst will never happen, but pets have a talent for getting in where they shouldn't be, and having a pet first aid kit can be invaluable if bad luck sneaks up. Being prepared can help save a pet's life, and in a stressful situation it's helpful not to have to run around the house to find things. 

The website Pet Poison Helpline offers some great ideas on making a pet first aid kit.

If you believe your pet has ingested something poisonous, or if the pet is injured, call the vet. They will ask you questions, and might ask you to do something.

A first aid kit for potentially poisoned pets should contain:

  • Phone number to your regular vet and to nearby emergency vets
  • Hydrogen peroxide, 3%. This is used to induce vomiting in dogs.
  • Oral dosing syringe or turkey baster. This is to administer the hydrogen peroxide.
  • Teaspoon/tablespoon set. This is to measure the right amount of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Liquid hand dish washing detergent, such as Dawn or Palmolive
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin
  • Vitamin E. (A small container of oil or several gel caps)
  • Diphenhydramine tablets, 25 mg. (No other combination ingredients!)
  • Ophthalmic saline solution or artificial tears
  • Can of tuna in water, or tasty canned pet food
  • Sweet electrolyte-containing beverage
  • Corn syrup (1/4 cup)
  • Vegetable oil (1/4 cup)

Kit for injured pets:

  • Phone number to your regular vet and to nearby emergency vets
  • Gauze roll and pads
  • Medical tape
  • Ruler or other rigid material in case you need to make a splint
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Thermometer and sterile lubricant
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Towel or blanket
  • Muzzle for dogs, or cone collar for cats
  • Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin
  • Ophthalmic saline solution - make sure it doesn't contain cleaners or soap

If you believe your pet ingested something poisonous, call the vet before doing anything else. They will help you determine if the item ingested is poisonous, and what the correct procedure/antidote is. 

~ Maria Sadowski ~