5 Things Every Dog and Cat Owner Should Know

No matter how careful we are as pet owners, dogs and cats sometimes still manage to cut themselves, get overheated and eat things they really shouldn’t. In honor of National Pet First Aid Awareness month, we at Paw Nation want to help you be prepared should trouble strike.We asked Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro, Director of Emergency Services at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Colorado, and the official veterinarian of Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl VI what she recommends you do in these five common situations:

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1. Treating A Cut or Scratched Paw
“One of the most important things clients can do if injury is on the animal’s paw is to put pressure on it with a clean towel and bring the pet into the nearest veterinary hospital,” Dr. Mazzaferro tells Paw Nation. Don’t apply a tourniquet because it can decrease blood supply to the injured limb and be dangerous. And you should probably avoid rinsing a wounded paw in water. “Sometimes that will release a blood clot that’s formed.” says Dr. Mazzaferro.


2. Evaluating Vomiting and Diarrhea

“If your pet’s vomiting or diarrhea occurs more than just a couple of times, or if there is blood in it, or any suspicion of the dog or cat having gotten into a toxin, the pet needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away,” says Dr. Mazzaferro. Otherwise, if vomiting occurs just a couple of times, withhold food and water for at least six hours and see if the condition subsides. “If they continue to vomit or become lethargic, or if they’re a puppy or a very small, toy breed dog, I would bring them into a vet because they can dehydrate quickly,” says Dr. Mazzaferro

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Oumbie, The 28st Gorilla Stud Who's A Big Hit With The Girls

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This is the satisfied look of a gorilla who is a hit with the female of the species.Oumbie, a 28st silverback, arrived at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire on September 2 with the task of producing offspring.He has successfully wooed two lady gorillas and one may be pregnant already.At his previous home, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, the 17-year-old great ape was kept in an all-male group.But it seems life in mixed company suits him. Oumbie created quite an impression when he crawled out of his crate at his new home, according to animal keeper Donna Smithson.

She said the females gave him ‘a bit of a hard time to start with’, but he soon won them over.’Gorillas make flirty noises and strut about to try to impress each other,’ she said. ‘Oumbie has shown himself to be pretty good at that type of thing already.’He has mated with Ozala so it’s possible that she is pregnant already, although it sometimes takes a few encounters, as it were.He got there quite late at night so went straight to bed, but by September 4 he was in there with the two girls.
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Oumbie, The 28st Gorilla Stud Who's A Big Hit With The Girls

hot gorila

This is the satisfied look of a gorilla who is a hit with the female of the species.Oumbie, a 28st silverback, arrived at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire on September 2 with the task of producing offspring.He has successfully wooed two lady gorillas and one may be pregnant already.At his previous home, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, the 17-year-old great ape was kept in an all-male group.But it seems life in mixed company suits him. Oumbie created quite an impression when he crawled out of his crate at his new home, according to animal keeper Donna Smithson.

She said the females gave him ‘a bit of a hard time to start with’, but he soon won them over.’Gorillas make flirty noises and strut about to try to impress each other,’ she said. ‘Oumbie has shown himself to be pretty good at that type of thing already.’He has mated with Ozala so it’s possible that she is pregnant already, although it sometimes takes a few encounters, as it were.He got there quite late at night so went straight to bed, but by September 4 he was in there with the two girls.
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