Fall Has Arrived at Doggie Wanna Cookie? with our Fall Newsletter!
6 WAYS TO CELEBRATE FALL WITH YOUR DOG
Happy fall, and greetings from our fall newsletter! Along with gorgeous new sights and increasingly comfortable temperatures, fall offers unique opportunities for fun with your dog.
1.) Enjoy the changing foliage – Explore a park, go hiking, or simply stroll around your neighborhood to take in nature’s handiwork.
2.) Take a trip – Visit a pet-friendly resort or attraction, and enjoy lower “off season” prices. Or, go camping before the season ends. Invest in a crate or kennel for the safest adventures.
3.) Play outside – Let your dog romp while you rake, play fetch, or visit a nearby dog park. Be sure your dog is up to date on her vaccinations if she’ll interact with other dogs. Also, protect her against fleas and ticks.
4.) Share in the harvest – Pick seasonal produce at a dog-friendly pumpkin patch or apple orchard.
5.) Plan for Halloween fun – Gear up for upcoming festivities with a dog-friendly costume and other Halloween goodies.
6.) Schedule snuggle time – Make some hot cocoa, wrap up in a favorite blanket, and invite your canine companion to snuggle in for a snooze.
Whether you’ll spend fall outdoors or in, don’t miss seasonal opportunities for great fun and new memories with your best friend.
BEE STINGS 101: HOW TO TREAT YOUR PET
Dogs can be trained to fetch slippers and race through tunnels in agility classes, but it’s next to impossible to teach them to stay clear of bees, wasps and hornets.
That’s because dogs and cats investigate the world using their noses and paws — the two prime targets of insect stings. If your pet is ever stung by one of these insects, or if they ever eat one, you may be able to treat them effectively at home, but you may well need to take them to the vet.
In the event of a sting you should watch your pet closely for itchiness, hives/welts on the skin, swollen eyes, vomiting and/or diarrhea, breathing problems, or even collapse. If it’s just mild itchiness or swelling (that isn’t present on or around their face), and your pet isn’t too uncomfortable with it, you may be able to treat them at home with the following steps:
● Carefully remove the stinger using a credit card to scrape it out. Do not try to squeeze the stinger out with your fingers or use tweezers because the venom sac may rupture, further exposing the pet to more venom and bathe the area with cool water
● Contact your veterinarian, who will most likely advise you to give your pet Benadryl (diphenhydramine), an over-the-counter antihistamine. Your vet needs to instruct you on the correct dosage, based on your pet’s weight. You also need to make sure that the product contains only diphenhydramine.
● Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. You can run a washcloth under some cool tap water and then wrap it around or press it onto the site of the sting.
● Observe your pet carefully. If the swelling is wide-spread (especially around the face and/or neck), the itchiness intense, or there are any digestive signs, breathing problems, or collapse, your pet needs to be seen immediately by a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment.
If your pet is one of a small number of dogs that is unfortunately severely allergic to Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, hornets) stings then there is now available a process of desensitisation. This involves a series of desensitisation injections (similar to those available for pollen and dust allergens) over a period of time, obviously under careful observation. Please talk to your veterinarian if you would like more information.
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