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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Twitter For Dogs !!!!!

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Twitter has proven itself to be one of the most useful tools ever for time-wasting, inane chatter, and mundane observations. It’s a mystery how anyone survived before following Ashton Kutcher tweets on what he had for dinner. And now, our favorite destroyer of productivity is being taken to the next level: Twitter for dogs.Mattel is working on a device that will allow your dog to automatically update his Twitter account, no typing necessary. Called Puppy Tweets, this smart motion sensor will attach to your dog’s collar and send signals to a USB receiver in your computer, which will then update Twitter with pre-written tweets such as “Somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button.”

Impressive. Not even humans can tweet while sleeping.

Now you and all your friends can know exactly what your dog is doing every second of the day, no matter how uninteresting it is. It will be just as compelling as every other tweet you’ve ever read. That is, unless your dog is on some kind of cross-country-traveling, Homeward Bound, Milo & Otis adventure.If they’re smart, Mattel will let users program custom tweets, and then we could have more realistic tweeting from our four-legged friends, such as the following:

“OMG another dog! OMG! OMG! OMG!”

“@fido ur butt smells wonderful”

“So excited to chew on self for next hour”

Expect to see Puppy Tweets in stores this fall for the surprisingly reasonable price of $29.99.

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World's Oldest Cat… Or World's Most Im-Paw-Ssible Hoax?

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News that a man in England is the owner of the world’s oldest cat has been garnering global attention this week… but does something smell fishy about this feline tail?

Jim Cowell of northwest England’s Lancashire County claims that in 1973, two young girls found a black-and-white feline, now known as Tizzie, along a railroad track and gave it to the Cowell family. Jim Cowell claims that Tizzie’s veterinary records, which would verify the cat’s age, were lost when the vet relocated in 1990 — coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) the same year Jim says he assumed ownership of Tizzie from his mother.

Without those records, Cowell’s best chances of verifiying that Tizzie is indeed 36 years old are:

1. Tracking down the two girls who originally found the cat
2. Sharing with the press family photos that date back to 1975 showing Tizzie in the possession of Jim and his mother.

A local paper, The Burnley Express, ran an article about Tizzie on August 25; in it, Cowell spoke proudly of Tizzie, calling her “fit as a butcher’s dog,” and saying he is optimistic about locating the two girls. But by August 27, the Lancashire Telegraph printed a follow-up piece in which Cowell expressed his strong displeasure with the media attention showered upon him and his cat. “I didn’t expect Tizzie to become a national sensation,” Cowell told the paper. “We are really shocked at what has happened now, we didn’t expect this, or really want it.” The story has been picked up by news outlets as far away as China, and by publications as sensational as the Weekly World News.
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World's Oldest Cat… Or World's Most Im-Paw-Ssible Hoax?

tizzie-oldest-cat-240ds090309

News that a man in England is the owner of the world’s oldest cat has been garnering global attention this week… but does something smell fishy about this feline tail?

Jim Cowell of northwest England’s Lancashire County claims that in 1973, two young girls found a black-and-white feline, now known as Tizzie, along a railroad track and gave it to the Cowell family. Jim Cowell claims that Tizzie’s veterinary records, which would verify the cat’s age, were lost when the vet relocated in 1990 — coincidentally (or not so coincidentally) the same year Jim says he assumed ownership of Tizzie from his mother.

Without those records, Cowell’s best chances of verifiying that Tizzie is indeed 36 years old are:

1. Tracking down the two girls who originally found the cat
2. Sharing with the press family photos that date back to 1975 showing Tizzie in the possession of Jim and his mother.

A local paper, The Burnley Express, ran an article about Tizzie on August 25; in it, Cowell spoke proudly of Tizzie, calling her “fit as a butcher’s dog,” and saying he is optimistic about locating the two girls. But by August 27, the Lancashire Telegraph printed a follow-up piece in which Cowell expressed his strong displeasure with the media attention showered upon him and his cat. “I didn’t expect Tizzie to become a national sensation,” Cowell told the paper. “We are really shocked at what has happened now, we didn’t expect this, or really want it.” The story has been picked up by news outlets as far away as China, and by publications as sensational as the Weekly World News.
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