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Pet Friendly Newsletter - August 2008

Pet Quotes

"There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog." (Konrad Lorenz)

"There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." (Author Unknown)


"Hello, this is my dog named Chico - he is the 'Love of my Life'! He was born in Puerto Vallarta and is now Canadian. He loves the snow!"
- Lori M.

"This is Gracie and Sammy. Gracie is a 4-month-old Cockalier (Cocker spaniel and Cavalier King Charles spaniel cross) and Sammy is a 3-year-old Toy Poodle. This is their favourite spot, sitting in the front window."
- Donna D. of Kingston, Ontario

"Here is Charlie in his coat after a walk in the brisk spring air. It was a long walk so he is tired."
- Ruby L. of Edmonton, Alberta

"Here are my three dogs Baillie, Doogie and Duffie at the beach looking out over the water! Baillie is 7, Duffie is 9 (adopted from a shelter) and Doogie is almost 2. Baillie is a Peke, and Duff and Doog are Shih Tzu's . We love them all!"
- Sandie N. of Madison Ct. USA


Accidents happen. A first aid kit specifically meant for your pets is helpful because it provides stuff that's often not found in a first aid kit for people. You can buy a kit or assemble your own at home by gathering the items and storing them in a hard plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Here are a few suggestions on what to place in your pet first aid kit.

DOCUMENTATION: protect your documentation from getting wet by laminating it.

  • The name, phone number, address, and directions to both your regular veterinarian as well as an emergency vet clinic.
  • List of medications and dosages, if your pet has a medical condition that requires regular treatment.
  • Phone number for a Poison Control Centre.

MEDICATION: ask your vet for help in putting together this part of your kit.

  • Disinfectant and antibiotic ointment.
  • Sterile saline solution.
  • Ear cleaning solution.
  • Canine aspirin.
  • Hydrogen peroxide.
  • Activated charcoal.
  • Eye wash solution.
  • Anti-diarrhea medication.
  • Allergy medication.
  • Medication to relieve itching.


  • Muzzle (make sure it's a proper fit).
  • Eye dropper and oral syringe.
  • Tweezers.
  • Nail clippers.
  • Needle-nose pliers.
  • Scissors.
  • Nylon slip-leash.
  • Disposable gloves.
  • Clean towels.
  • Paper towels.
  • A large blanket, which can be used as a stretcher if you have to move your pet.
  • A second blanket to keep your pet warm.
  • Cold and heat packs (wrap in a towel - do not place directly against your pet).


  • Roll of gauze (can be used to make a muzzle if needed).
  • Sterile gauze pads.
  • Bandage rolls, such as VetWrap.
  • First aid tape.
  • Lubricant.
  • Cotton balls and swabs.
  • Styptic powder or pencil.
  • "Bitter Apple" (or similar pet-safe product) - a product that discourages dogs from chewing or licking where the product is applied.
  • Nutritional supplements - ask your vet for suggestions.


  • Don't give your pet human medication unless advised to do so by your veterinarian.

  • Don't give your dog medication that's meant for cats, or vice versa.

  • Always take precautions when handling an injured pet. Even the most gentle, sweet-natured pet may bite if it is hurt or scared.

  • Know how to use the items in your first aid kit. Pet first aid courses can provide instruction. When possible, consult your vet first, particularly before administering medication.

  • Periodically check the expiration dates on medications and replace them as necessary.

  • Keep a portable crate next to your pet first aid kit.

  • Keep your kit in an easily-accessible place in your home, and remember to take it with you when you travel with your pet, too! You can assemble a smaller kit for use during travel if you wish.

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