With Your Dog by hiking expert Wendy Pope
Hazards for Cats adapted from an article on Petco.com
With Your Dog
Here are some K9 tips adapted from hiking expert Wendy Pope,
founder of Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa in Ainsworth
Hot Springs, British Columbia:
Whether you are day hiking or planning a longer excursion, make
sure your pet is fit, vaccinated and has identification.
advance to see if the trail you are planning to hike will allow
dogs. This will save time and disappointment if you get to
the park only to find out that dogs are not allowed.
dehydrated faster than humans, because they expend more energy
in a short amount of time. The higher the altitude, the drier
they get. You must carry enough water for your dog (and yourself),
as well as a bowl - dogs can't drinks from cupped hands very easily.
There are light-weight fabric bowls and dog canteens available
in pet supply catalogs.
the munchies too! Bring a small amount of kibble even if you
only plan to be out for a couple of hours - there could be an
emergency and your time on the trail extended. If you train your
dog to wear a light pack, he can carry his own supplies.
for common injuries such as cut paws and bites. Bring a tensor
(ACE) bandage, gauze bandage, adhesive tape, small towel and antiseptic
lotion. Also carry tweezers (for ticks), small nail scissors,
a razor, and a SAM splint. This is also for human first aid response!
A first aid kit for your dog should include: gauze sponges, roll
gauze, hydrogen peroxide, muzzle, styptic powder, diphenhydramine
(benadryc), sterile eye wash, antibiotic ointment.
your dog to harass wildlife, other dogs, or people. Keep your
dog on leash. It is the only way to prevent his sense of adventure
from getting him into trouble.
of emergency: Always carry a cell phone, if within the range,
or a telephone-equipped radio.
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Hazards for Cats
from an article on Petco.com
cat could get hurt right in your home.
This pet-proofing guide explains to how recognize and take care
a cat is a lot like living with a child. Even if you adopt an
older, less mischievous cat, it's still important to pet-proof
your home. Take preventive steps to keep your cat healthy and
happy, and you'll also save time, money, and stress in emergency
trips to the veterinarian.
for these dangers:
Stalking and jumping on imaginary prey is one of a cat's favorite
pastimes. Dangling electrical cords present tempting - and dangerous
- opportunities to play. Gather and tie long cords and tuck them
out of sight, or buy metal covers from a lighting store to enclose
cords. And give your pet a pleasing substitute to chase and bite,
like her own squeak toy or catnip-filled mouse.
Keep your house at a cat-friendly climate year-round; a moderate
temperature between 65 and 75 degrees works best. Be aware of
drafts, which can exacerbate arthritis in older cats, and be mindful
that extreme heat and humidity can cause heatstroke.
Rooting around in the trash might be one of your cat's favorite
diversions, but it's messy and it's dangerous - and let's not
forget the stinky breath she ends up with! Spoiled, bacteria-harboring
foods and fatty foods can make your cat ill, while sharp items
like discarded chicken bones can cause internal injuries. The
best solution: Buy a container with a tight-fitting lid or keep
your trashcan out of little paws' reach.
A few more
tips for the kitchen:
- Clear off your counters as you cook. An opened and forgotten
can of sardines on the kitchen counter is a tempting treat for
your cat, but the serrated edge of the container can tear her
- Turn pot handles in toward the stove. Like a small child,
a cat might tip and spill the hot contents of a pan, burning herself.
- Chocolate is a fine treat for you - but not her. This
goody contains caffeine and another stimulant called theobromine
that can make your cat seriously ill. Keep all chocolate out of
your cat's reach.
Cleaning products, paints, insecticides, and toiletries pose a
threat to your pet. Keep all toxic products that your cat could
eat or lick tightly sealed and out of reach. Consider using childproof
locks on cabinets; cats can be pretty resourceful when it comes
to opening doors that interest them.
about the products you keep in the garage! Antifreeze can be life
threatening, whether your pet drinks it from a bottle or licks
it off the floor. Slug bait and rat poison are also extremely
friend could even swallow or step on small items like nails and
splinters. Your best bet: Keep the garage off-limits.
Cats are especially sensitive to medications: A harmless dose
for a child could be an overdose for a cat. For example, relatively
small doses of analgesics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, and ibuprofen (Advil)
can be fatal.
flea and tick products unless they're specifically labeled for
use on cats. Some products made for dogs can be toxic to cats.
And be sure to use the correct dosage.
Many plants can be poisonous to cats, including a holiday favorite
- Easter lilies. These and other types of lilies can cause acute
renal failure and death in cats who nibble on the blossoms, leaves,
or plant stems. Make sure the plants you do bring home are nontoxic
because, after all, there is no place in your home that is absolutely
off-limits for your curious cat. A good reference: The ASPCA National
Animal Poison Control Center Web site.
Joint pain and muscle stiffness can make it difficult for older
cats to get around. Place nonslip rugs on wood or vinyl flooring
to prevent injury and ease navigation.
Houses are full of small objects that can cause severe intestinal
problems if your pet swallows them. For example, string, needles,
ribbon, small children's toys, and coins can cause intestinal
obstruction, perforation, or poisoning. The best approach: Pick
up these little hazards before your cat does.
may be less energetic and sleep more than kittens, but they still
need protection from potentially harmful items. All it takes to
cat-proof your home is a little time and some common sense, then
everyone in your household can rest easy.