PSP Portal-Payments & Gratuities

PSP Portal-Payments & Gratuities

To easily pay through the Pet Sitter Plus Client Portal, we have given you some screen shots to assist you!

First access your client portal.  Instructions for this are located HERE.

(To schedule pet care reservations, instructions are located HERE.)

Here is your Account Summary.  We have had many questions about adding a tip for our pet sitters and the latest release now makes this very easy. (see red arrow)  The next column is your total per invoice.  You may click on the pencil/edit icon to add a tip.  (Please know that 100% of any gratuity goes directly to the sitter or sitters that performed the services.

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The next screen will look like this.  You may calculate your own tip or choose a percentage and you may add a note as well!  Click on the blue “Update” button and your Total Outstanding amount will be adjusted.  Click on the blue “Pay with Paypal Standard” button.  Understand that you DO NOT need to have a Paypal account to pay your invoice.pet sitting littleton, CO

The next screen will look like this.  This is where you can pay with a Paypal account or click on the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card”.  Then you will need to enter your chosen credit card info. 

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We hope this helps you to pay your pet sitting invoices easily and promptly.  Please remember that payment is due immediately after receiving your invoice for a vacation sit but we give you a 7-day grace period.  Regular dog walking invoices are also due when you receive your invoice. If you have any questions, never hesitate to contact us by email at info@distinctivepetcare.com or phone our office at 303-904-0484.  Thank you and we always appreciate your business! 

Dawn with Distincitive Pet Care

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Preventing Knee Injuries and ACL Surgical Repair in Dogs

Preventing Knee Injuries and ACL Surgical Repair in Dogs

pet sitting littleton, COWhat’s an ACL or a CCL anyway? The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (or CCL which is the Cranial Cruciate Ligament) is one of the knee ligaments that work as a stabilizer to help the knee to support your body. It’s also called the “football knee injury”.

Over the years, I have witnessed several dogs with ACL repairs from assisting during the actual surgery to helping provide care post-op through my pet sitting business to watching dogs that have an ACL tear or rupture that has not been repaired.

There are recent studies showing that some breeds are more prone to the ACL issues including Newfoundland, Akita, St. Bernard, Rottweiler, Mastiff, Staffordshire Terrier, and Retrievers. Do you notice a pattern? These are mainly your larger breeds.

The top 4 factors that I believe to contribute to ACL issues and joint issues in general are:

1. Poor Genetics & Breeding: If hips and knees are malformed to begin with, then this puts extra stress and creates overcompensation on the knee. The ACL ligament will become overstressed, stretched and strained over time.

2. Anatomy of a Dog’s Knee: Dogs walk differently than we do. They always have their knees bent meaning they are bearing the brunt of their weight on the bent knee.

3. Too Much Weight: Yep! Over 50% of dogs are considered obese and this stresses ALL the joints including the knee joint. The best defense is to keep your pet at a good weight from puppyhood and beyond.

pet sitting littleton, CO4. Week-end Warrior Syndrome: Many urban dogs now often spend their weekdays inside and then on the weekends they go on a long hike, to the dog park to run or swim, or chase after balls for an extended period. We tend to try to “make-up” for the weekdays and overdo the activities. It is a classic story of a dog chasing a ball or squirrel and we hear the yelp and see our dog holding up their leg. Sometimes you may notice the “tiptoe” where a dog may try to put their foot down but cannot put any weight on the leg, so they pull it back up.
The sad news is that the statistics show that once your dog has one ACL repair surgery they have a 40-60% chance of the other knee ligament needing repair so preventing ACL injuries is key! There are some ways to prevent ACL injuries including making sure they are an ideal body weight, exercise them according to their abilities and allowing for proper warm up and cool down. Do not allow them to overdo the activities since some breeds have a tough time regulating themselves. If they show any signs of joint stress, have a veterinarian perform an exam including the cranial drawer manipulation and possible x-rays to check their hips and knees.

pet sitting littleton, COMy best tip is using a large towel under their belly just in front of their hind legs to help support them on bathroom breaks and limited movement. Just as in any surgery, following all the post-op instructions is imperative! Keeping your pets’ activity level low during the weeks following surgery and supporting their body weight will ensure the fastest recovery and success. If you need help during the recovery process with care while you are at work, consider Distinctive Pet Care to make visits to check on your pets, help with bathroom breaks and medication administration.

Written by Dawn Olson. Dawn has been working in the pet industry since 1987.  Dawn worked for several years as a Certified Veterinary Technician before creating her pet sitting business, Distinctive Pet Care in 1995.  Dawn also is the owner/operator of the Ken Caryl Pet Spa; a full-serve and self-serve pet retail & pet grooming spa.  Dawn is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International, is a Certified Pet Tech Master Instructor and teaches Pet First Aid, CPR & Care classes throughout the United States.  She lives in Littleton, Colorado with her two sons, her poodle, Toby (aka “The Shop Dog’) and her 2 Siamese cats.

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Dog-Friendly Places in the Denver Metro Area

Dog-Friendly Places in the Denver Metro Area

Dog-Friendly Places in the Denver Metro Area | Distinctive Pet CareThe Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery

Located in our home town of Littleton, CO, The Farmhouse at Breckenridge Brewery is a place where both the beer and the food are handcrafted. Their outdoor Beer Garden is dog-friendly and has breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

Location: 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 803-1380
Website: www.breckbrew.com/visit/littleton

The Watering Bowl

The Watering Bowl is a dog-friendly tavern complete with its very own 7000 square foot dog park. The dog park boasts a fenced area for the dogs with a kiddie pool, picnic tables, couches, and lounge chairs. Inside, where the dogs are not allowed has a 30- foot TV, ping pong tables, two levels of seating, and more. They have excellent drink specials and tasty food. They even host parties, weddings, and corporate events. It is a fun atmosphere and a great place to bring man’s best friend.

Location: 5411 Leetsdale Drive, Denver, Colorado, CO 80246
Phone: (303) 591-9069
Website: www.denverwateringbowl.com

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange is an upscale secondhand store with locations in Denver, Boulder, & Denver Annex. Why is a clothing store on the pet-friendly list you ask? That is because if you forgo a bag to take your purchased items home at checkout, you will receive a token that you can use to donate to animals shelters and various other organization that helps both people and pets in need!

Location: 51 Broadway Denver, CO 80209
Phone: (303) 866-0165
Website: www.buffaloexchangecolorado.com

Stella’s Gourmet Coffee and Such

It is no secret that Stella’s loves dogs. It is the first thing they address is their FAQ’s. They have a dog-friendly patio and provide both water bowls and dog treats for our canine companion. Enjoy a yummy pastry and a decadent coffee after a walk in Wash Park. Stella’s is only a half mile from this the park!

Location: 1476 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO. 80210
Phone: (303) 777-1031
Website: www.stellascoffee.com

Washington Park

Our local area is packed full of parks and places to take a hike with your dog. But Wash Park is by far the favorite. The park is 155 acres with two beautiful lakes and many flowers. There are also several off-leash areas throughout the park so both you and Fido can be social.

Location: S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO 80210
Phone: (720) 913-1311
Website: www.denver.org/listing/washington-park/6828/

Local Events

Dog Dayz

Every year the Scott Carpenter Pool in Boulder is closed for humans and is open strictly for dogs! This event has been a staple in the area for decades and thousands of dogs have made new friends while cooling off in the water. There are a few rules to follow; humans are not allowed in the water and dogs who fight will be asked to leave. Picking up after your dog is a requirement and bags will be provided. Check the Boulder Parks and Rec website for a complete schedule, pricing, and additional rules.

Dog EXPO & Flying High Dog Competition

The Dog Expo is a once a year event that is all about the dogs! The expo is held at the Scott Carpenter Pool in Boulder and filled with dog-friendly businesses that will provide free samples, information, and prizes. Bring your dog and the whole family! Check the website for the current year dates and times, and they change from year to year.

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Back to School: Is It Time For A Dog Walker?

Back to School: Is It Time For A Dog Walker?

Back to School: Is it Time for a Dog Walker? | Distinctive Pet CareHow Can a Mid-day Visit Help My Dog?

A midday visit will help break up Fido’s day allowing him to get a potty break and some TLC. Midday visits give Fido mental stimulation and exercise. Being left alone all day after constant companionship can cause some separation anxiety and a midday visit is just the trick!

 

Is a Mid-day Visit Right For My Dog?

Most dogs do well with one or two visits during that day while their family is away at school or work. Mid-day visits are great for those families with puppies that have had go back to work after Summer vacation. If your dog is okay with staying home alone for at least 4 hours, a midday visit should be a good fit. Our sister company, Ken Caryl Pet Spa, pointed out in a recent blog post that hiring a dog walker is an important part of Proper Puppy Care!  Give our expert staff a call or visit our services page to find out more about our dog walking & potty break services.

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Free Pet Sitting Extras

Free Pet Sitting Extras

Free Pet Sitting Extras | Distinctive Pet CareAs professional pet sitters, both your home and your pets are our top priority. Exceptional pet care is not the only part of booking service with Distinctive Pet Care, we include a few free pet sitting extras such as watering plants, collecting mail, and feeding your backyard birds. Here is a list of the free pet sitting extras we offer.

 

Home Security

Having an “at home” appearance to your house helps your home appear to have someone there during our service which may be a deterrent to potential burglars. We offer light & curtain rotation, as well and TV & radio for sound. We like to keep things as normal as possible while you are gone. We will even provide checks to homes without pets! Ask about our house-sitting services by visiting our contact us page.

Plant Watering

We will never claim to have a green thumb, but we don’t mind tending to and watering your indoor/outdoor plants while you are away. We just need to know which plants needs to be watered and how often. There may be an additional fee added to your invoice if you have large numbers of plants that take away from the care of your pets, but in most cases the service is complimentary!

Trash & Recycle

Placing your trash and recycling out at the curb for pick up is another one of the free pet sitting extras we offer!  Skipping your trash and recycle days can be a sign to potential burglars that you are not home. Leaving the bins full until your return could result in gross smells, bugs, and rodents. Just let us know your scheduled trash & recycle days and we would be happy to follow through!

Backyard Birds

Backyard birding a very popular hobby! Your outdoor feathered friends need care while you are gone too! We will happily refill bird feeder and bird baths while you are gone. We may even enjoy some backyard bird watching while we are caring for your pets.

Mail, Newspapers, & Packages

We don’t want your home to be a target while you are out of town. Having your mail & newspapers pile up is a good indication you are not home. We also do not want anyone stealing your delivered packages. That is why we offer to collect your mail, newspaper, & packages as a free pet sitting extra. Your pet sitter may not be able to carry in large or heavy packages weighing more than 25 pounds, so keep the deliveries within reason.   

Since your pets are our number one concern, free pet sitting extras that will take away from the time your pet receives and the attention they deserve may have a nominal fee may be added to your invoice to cover the additional time it may take to complete the tasks.

Written by Julie Gajewski, CPPS. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats. You can find out more about Julie here.

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Benefits of Hiring a Professional Cat Sitter

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Cat Sitter

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Cat Sitter | Distinctive Pet CareYour cat prefers the quiet comfort and the familiar smells and sound of home. If Fluffy had it her way, she would never have to leave the house unless of course, you let her outside to catch that Cardinal at the bird feeder. Hiring a professional cat sitter is perfect for Fluffy. She still gets all the comforts of home while still having someone wait on her hand and foot. Here is a list of reasons why you should hire a professional cat sitter for your cat’s next staycation.

They Provide Peace of Mind

Professional cat sitters pride themselves on taking excellent care of your home and your cat. They are bonded, insured, and should be trained in emergency first aid & Pet CPR. Many professionals have completed continuing education and received certifications to ensure your home and your beloved pet is well taken care of. Dawn Olson, the founder of Distinctive Pet Care, is a not only a Veterinary Technician, she is also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter and Master Pet Tech CPR Instructor! In addition to checking in on your precious kitty, a professional will also check on your home to ensure everything is in working order. They will also collect the mail, the newspaper, & packages. Professional cat sitters also take the security of your home very seriously. They will give your house that “at home appearance” while you are gone by placing out trash & recycle for pick up, rotating lights, as well as opening & closing curtains. Hiring a professional cat sitter like Distinctive Pet Care will leave you at ease knowing your home and your feline friend are well taken care of.

They Help Keep Fluffy Happy & Safe

We all know cats can be pretty self-sufficient, but no matter how well Fluffy thinks she can take care of herself, she needs daily human interaction and mental stimulation to keep her happy. Cats are curious and can often find themselves in tricky situations. Your cat sitter already knows all the fun games and activities your cat enjoys playing. They know what situations Fluffy might get into when left home alone and take precautions to prevent injuries. At Distinctive Pet Care, your cat’s well-being and safety are our top priority!

They Care About Your Cat, Just As Much As You Do!

We may care for a lot of cats, but you can bet we know each of those cats by name! Your feline friend is a part of your cat sitter’s extended furry family. Professional cat sitters take the care and wellbeing of your cat just as serious as you do. This is not just a hobby to a professional cat sitter, it is a profession.

Let the team at Distinctive Pet Care treat your cat like royalty while you are enjoying your next vacation! Click here to check out our services page to find out more about our services. We also offer cat grooming services via our sister company, Ken Caryl Pet Spa.

Remember, when hiring a professional cat sitter, be sure to check all their credentials! Professional cat sitters are bonded & insured, CPR First Aid Trained, have a clear background check, and hold other professional certifications and training certificates.

Written by Julie Gajewski, CPPS. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats. You can find out more about Julie here.

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Leash Laws and Off-leash Dog Attacks

Leash Laws and Off-leash Dog Attacks

Leash Laws and Off-leash Dog Attacks | Dog Walker Littleton, CO The weather is warmer and that means more people are outside walking their dogs. Unfortunately, that also means more off leash dogs as well. Littleton has strict leash laws. According to the city’s website, leash laws with the City of Littleton are as followed:

“Both the City of Littleton and South Suburban Parks and Recreation require that, outside of designated off-leash parks, pets must be on a leash at all times. Both park rules and city ordinances specify that the leash cannot be more than six feet long. Retractable leashes are not allowed anywhere in the city, including the High Line Canal, Lee Gulch Trail, and the Mary Carter Greenway/South Platte Park area.”

Unfortunately, not everyone follows the local leash laws. Knowing what to do when an off-leash dog approaches you, is crucial to your safety and your pet’s safety. Not too long ago, one of our dog walkers was attacked by two off-leash dogs while walking with a client’s dog. Thankfully she and the dog are okay, but the incident reminded us that we all must be aware of our surroundings even when enjoying a leisurely stroll with one of our canine companions.

What Do I Do When An Off-leash Dog Is Approaching?

If you see an off-leash dog approaching, stay calm and attempt to move your dog away. Avoid running as this may cause the other dog to chase you. Cross the street to create distance and find a barrier, like a parked car. If the other dog follows or if there is not enough time to react and move away, keep control of your dog and try to keep your dog as still as possible. Put yourself between your dog and the off-leash dog. Then in a loud voice, tell the other dog “NO”, or use another command it may know such as stay, sit, or go home. If the approaching dog does not listen, throw treats down and try to make an exit with your dog. If needed you may need to use an air horn, or a pet safe deterrent spray to keep the dog away.

What if I Do Not Have Treats Or A Method To Keep The Approaching Dog Away?

If you do not have an air horn or deterrent spray, relax and stay calm. Most off-leash dog encounters end peacefully. However, if a fight ensues, do not try and separate the dogs alone! Try to find someone else to help you so that each of can should grab the back legs of each dog in a wheelbarrow-like fashion, then lift the dogs up. As soon as the dogs are separated move them away from each other to prevent them from re-engaging. If you are unable to find someone to help you, grab the legs of the more aggressive dog in a wheelbarrow-like fashion, and lift. Move that dog as far away from the other as you can. Once the dogs have been separated and you and your dog are safe, immediately call the police to report the incident so the police can be sure to give a citation to the pet owner that was not abiding by the local leash laws. It is also important to take your dog to the veterinarian for an exam to assess any bite wounds he may have received during the altercation.

What Products Do We Recommend To Use As A Deterrent?

There are many products on the market. Citronella spray is a safe and effective way to ward off an oncoming dog while on a walk. PetSafe sells SprayShield® Animal Deterrent Spray>. According to their website, “when sampled at the Canine Aggression Research Center, it was found to be as effective on moderately aggressive dogs as other personal defense products including 10% pepper spray solution.” Carrying an air horn such as this one listed on Amazon is recommended by Humane Societies for keeping approaching dogs at bay. Carrying an extra slip on lead such as this one sold by Doctors Foster & Smith can help you get ahold of the off-leash dog which may help prevent a fight.

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a technician and hospital administrator since 1997. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

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Grooming: First Line of Defense for Your Pet

Grooming: First Line of Defense for Your Pet

Grooming: First Line of Defense for your Pet | Distinctive Pet Care | Littleton, CO

Grooming is the first line of defense for your pet. Your groomer may not be a veterinarian, but they have worked with many dogs and cats over the years and chances are they know if your pet is suffering from an ear infection, skin condition, dental disease, and external parasites such as flea & ticks.  According to our founder Dawn Olson, CVT, CPPS who also founded our sister company Ken Caryl Pet Spa, “Regular brushing, nail trims and teeth brushing are very important.  “When nails grow too long, dogs have trouble gripping the floor with their pads, add bad hips and this is an injury waiting to happen!  It’s a proven fact that regular dental care can extend your pet’s life 3-5 years! Dogs with extra dead undercoat cannot regulate their body temperature as well in the heat and in cold temperatures.   The coat also can become wet and stay that way, causing other issues under their hair and on the skin such as yeast infections and bugs love where it is warm and moist.”

What can I expect during my first grooming appointment?

While we can’t speak for every groomer’s process, here is what you can expect at Ken Caryl Pet Spa:

Step 1) You will complete an intake consultation which includes meeting with your groomer or bather. During the meeting, your pet’s health issues & concerns will be addressed and additional services such as special shampoos or teeth brushing will be reviewed. How you would like your pet’s hair cut will be reviewed and finally, the cost & time needed will be explained.

Step 2) A new client form will need to be completed by you to ensure we have your correct contact information on file.

Step 3) Your dog will be bathed, have their nails trimmed and ears cleaned. Then your dog will be dried and their hair will be brushed out.

Step 5) Your groomer will complete the haircut discussed during the intake consultation.

Step 6) You will receive a phone call letting you know that your pet’s grooming appointment is complete and your pet is ready for pick up.

Step 7) You will be checked-out for service and given a report card and recommendation to schedule your next appointment. Finally, your pet is brought out smelling and looking great!

Regular grooming is important for your dog’s overall health. Stop in for a visit at our sister company.  Ken Caryl Pet Spa’s location in Littleton, Colorado located at 12512-B W Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton, CO 80127 or give them a call to schedule an appointment at (720) 981-7387. You can also visit their website for more information by clicking here. While you are there, take a gander at all of the wonderful pet products they have in the shop!

Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and Veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

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Flea & Tick Prevention: Littleton, Colorado

Flea & Tick Prevention: Littleton, Colorado

Flea & Tick Prevention: Littleton, Colorado | Distinctive Pet CareDue to a mild winter here in Colorado, external parasites like fleas and ticks are in full swing. Our sister company, Ken Caryl Pet Spa has already had 2 cases of tick and 2 cases of flea infestations on pets coming in to be groomed. When it comes to protecting, your pet knowing what parasites are lurking and how to prevent them is key!  Read along to find out more about parasite prevention and how to keep your pets and family safe.

What type of external parasites are a threat to our pets in Littleton, Colorado? How can they be prevented?

Ticks:

There are over 30 known species of ticks in the state of Colorado. The most common ticks found are the Brown Dog Tick (click here for more information) and the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (click here for more information). Ticks are most active during the Spring and Summer, just in time for you and your pets to enjoy the great outdoors. Ticks are not only gross, they spread diseases to both humans and pets that can sometimes be fatal. These diseases include but are not limited to, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Colorado Tick Fever, Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. The time it takes for a disease to be transmitted varies between the different tick species and the disease that is being transmitted. Ticks can also cause a form of paralysis transmitted by female ticks that produce a neurotoxin. If you find a tick on you or your pet, remove it carefully with tweezers or a tick remover (click here for a list of ticker removers available on Amazon). If using tweezers, grasp the tick with the tweezers close to the skin as possible. Gently pull upward until the tick is released from the skin. Place the tick in a plastic baggy with a wet paper towel and then set it in the fridge. Preserving the tick can come in handy if testing is later needed. Then wash the bite with soap and water or swab the area with alcohol to clean it. After removal, monitor yourself or your pet for any unusual symptoms. For humans, the CDC says to avoid wooded and brushy areas, use a tick repellent with 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535, and to remove ticks as soon as you find them. For pets, the CDC says to check your pet for ticks daily, reduce tick habitats in your yard, and talk to your veterinarian about the use of tick preventatives.

Fleas:

Fleas are found all over North America. The most common flea found here in Colorado is the Cat Flea. In additional to being a nuisance, fleas can transmit disease and cause death with extreme infestations. Fleas can cause, Flea Allergy Dermatitis, Flea Anemia, Feline Infectious Anemia, Cat Scratch Fever/Bartonellosis, and Tapeworm infection. Fleas can live and thrive in both outdoor and indoor environments, sometimes waiting up to a year for the right host to feed off of. Female fleas will continuously lay eggs, (up to 50 eggs per day until her death) leading to massive flea infestations. Noticing fleas on your pet may not be easy, however, flea dirt is often within the hair which means fleas are present. To detect flea dirt, run a flea comb through your pet’s fur. Take the hair and debris in the comb and place a paper towel. Add a small amount of water to the paper towel. If the small dark specks stain the towel red, then your pet has fleas. When dealing with a flea infestation, it is always best to treat your home, yard, and pet. Preventing fleas can be done by talking to your vet and using monthly flea preventative medication, or a natural flea spray.

In most cases, good grooming habits are the first defense against fleas & ticks. Call our sister company, Ken Caryl Pet Spa for more information about their grooming services at (720) 981-7387.

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Pet First Aid

Pet First Aid | Distinctive Pet Care | Pet Sitter Littleton, COPet First Aid

Being informed on Pet First Aid when an animal related emergency occurs, could save your pet’s life. Before administering pet first aid, always keep your safety in mind! Never hug an injured pet and always keep your face clear of the mouth to avoid a bite. Remember, administering pet first aid is not a substitute for treatment by a licensed veterinarian. Always take your pet to the vet after an emergency occurs!

Broken Bones

Bone fractures are very painful! Before handling a pet with a broken bone, first, place a muzzle on them to prevent an unintentional bite. Second, to prevent further injuring the pet, carefully move them to a flat surface. Third, call your veterinarian to alert them that you are on your way. Using a flat board, stretcher or blanket sling will keep your pet secure during transport. Laying a blanket over the pet will help keep them secure. Avoid placing pressure on the fracture or their chest when securing the pet for transport. It is best to leave splinting to a veterinarian, as placing a splint yourself can cause further damage to the broken bone or surrounding area.

Toxins or Poisons

If your pet has come in contact or ingested a poison or another toxic substance, immediately call your veterinarian or animal emergency clinic. For a small consultation fee, you can also call Animal Poison Control center, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The center can be reached at (888) 426-4435. Do not induce vomiting unless you have been directly told to do so by a veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center. Telling your veterinarian what substance your pet ingested or take the substance with you in a sealed container or bag for identification will save valuable time!

Choking

In most cases, when a pet is choking they may have difficulty breathing, may cough or make hacking sounds, have blue lips and tongue, or will be pawing at their mouth. If your pet’s gums are pink and it can still breath, take your pet immediately to the closest veterinarian. If your pet’s gums are blue or they are unable to breathe, the object that is obstructing the airway will need to be removed. Open your pet’s mouth and look in their throat. If the object is visible, carefully try to remove it. It is important that you do not push the object further into your pet’s throat, so use a pair of pliers or tweezers if necessary. Once the object is removed, immediately take your pet to the closest veterinary clinic!

Seizures

Keeping your pet safe from injury during a seizure is important. Clear the area around your pet of objects and furniture. Do not hold your pet down or try to prevent them from seizing. Most seizures last 2-3 minutes and keeping track how long the seizure lasts will help your veterinarian later determine the type of seizure your pet suffered. After your pet has stopped seizing, keep them warm and calm. Call your veterinarian to alert them your pet has suffered a seizure and that you are on your way to their office. Drive carefully and let your veterinarian know of any other unusual occurrences or seizures on the way to the clinic.

External Bleeding

Keeping yourself safe when caring for a pet that is bleeding is the first step. Place a muzzle on the pet before proceeding any further. Open wounds are very painful and may cause even the most even tempered pet to bite. Second, locate the wound and apply pressure on the area with a clean towel or sterile bandaging for at least 3 minutes to allow the bleeding to stop. Do not remove the towel or bandaging, as that can restart the bleeding. If you notice blood soaking through the towel, keep adding layers of towels while applying constant pressure. Third, call your veterinarian to alert them you are on your way and calmly drive the pet to the clinic. Immediate medical treatment by a veterinarian is needed with open wounds, as large amounts of blood loss can be life threatening.

Burns

First, extinguish any remaining flames on or around your pet. Then, flush the burned area with large amounts of cool, not cold water. Do NOT break open any blisters that have formed on the area. Third, after flushing, cover the burned area loosely with a clean towel. Call your veterinarian and let them know you are on your way. Remember, butter and ointments can cause infection and trap the heat in, so avoid using them altogether!

Always have the phone numbers of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic accessible for both you and other members of your household. Having pet first aid kit at home can be beneficial! The American Veterinary Medical Association has pet first aid supplies checklist on their website. You can find it by clicking here.  Our founder, Dawn Olson is a Master Certified Pet Tech Instructor. She teaches classes in the Littleton area on Pet CPR & First Aid Training. Visit our sister company, Ken Caryl Pet Spa’s website to sign up for one of Dawn’s upcoming classes.
 
Written by Julie Gajewski. Julie has been pet sitting and working in the veterinary industry as both a Veterinary Technician and veterinary hospital administrator since 1997. She founded her pet sitting company, Fuzzy Friends Pet Care, at the young age of 16. She was nominated as one of Pet Sitters International’s Top 5 Pet Sitters in 2016 and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International. She is a pet business consultant and a guest blog writer for pet sitters across the world. She lives in Florida with her husband and furry children, 2 Pugs and 4 cats.

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