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:


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



Poodle Refuses to Leave Her Best Friend, an Injured Rottweiler


They’re unlikely friends, but when a 90 lbs. Rottweiler became stranded in the middle of a dark Ohio road, her tiny best friend, a 9 lbs. poodle, refused to leave her side.

Veterinary assistant Jody Wetzig was working Monday night at the Lorain County Animal Emergency Center when she received a phone call from a woman who had spotted two dogs sitting in the middle of the dark, two-lane road. One was a Rottweiler whose leg appeared to be injured. The other was a small, black poodle who was sitting right next to her bigger friend. The woman didn’t know what to do.

“Normally, we don’t take in strays,” Wetzig explains to Paw Nation. “But if they’re injured, we’ll try to help, so we told the lady to bring the Rottweiler in.”

When the woman arrived with the dogs, she had a touching story to tell. “The woman said that the poodle would not leave the Rottweiler’s side,” Wetzig recounts. The little dog stayed close as the woman and a passerby eased the Rottweiler onto a blanket. When they loaded the dog into the car, the poodle jumped in too.

“Their story just really captured our hearts,” says Wetzig. The dogs, both female, weren’t wearing collars and hadn’t been microchipped. “They looked like they came from the same [home],” says Wetzig. “There was a spot around their necks where it looked like they had been wearing collars.” The dogs, while not malnourished, weren’t in the best condition. “The poodle’s fur was matted and she had skin issues.”

The Rottweiler’s issues were more grave. X-rays revealed a bone tumor on her right rear leg that’s most likely cancerous. “Her entire leg is swollen to three times its normal size,” says Wetzig. “We’re going to need to amputate it.” The surgery will cost between $1,500 and $2,500.

The local ABC News station reported the story, hoping the dogs’ owners would come forward. Thus far, no one has, though many people have called to donate money and to offer to adopt the pair. “It’s been amazing,” says Wetzig. “The phone’s just been ringing off the hook.”

In the meantime, the Rottweiler, estimated to be about 7 years old, is getting by at the animal hospital, as long as she has her poodle friend by her side. “They were extremely nervous and shaking when they came in Monday night,” says Wetzig. “But it’s been a few days and they both get up and greet me when I come in now. They’re inseparable, like sisters. We hope to adopt them together.”


Lucky:The Injured Turtle Comes Out Of His Shell After Receiving New Legs

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It’s not every day you see a turtle sliding around with furniture coasters attached to his undershell. But after Lucky the box turtle was attacked by a raccoon, owner Sally Pyne, 60 had to come up with a shatterproof solution.Sally said: ‘He was in so much pain, I was ready to let little Lucky go, but Lucky, wasn’t ready to give up. He was shoving himself around on his two back legs. He was not going to quit.’
So Sally took the plucky turtle who she’s owned for four years to her local vet who stitched and bandaged him up.

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But Sally, an elderly carer, knew if Lucky was to survive, he’d need more than a few stitches to help him on his way.She sought the help of vet and reptile expert Robert Jereb and together they came up with the idea of attaching four furniture coasters with double-sided sticky tape to Lucky’s underbelly to raise his front to the right height.