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Miss Mollie Mae: First Aid for Dogs and Cats

If you share a home with a dog or cat, chances are you have experienced a health crisis with them. Because every minute counts, there are some common emergency tips to help stabilize your pet before you can get to an animal emergency room.

Be Prepared: Build a portable first aid kit or box for home and travel including gauze, bandages, towels, thermometer, eye dropper, and leash. Create a medical history card with phone numbers for your vet, emergency hospital, and poison control hotline. Add your pet’s medical history including recent vaccines, heartworm status, recent surgeries, and any medications including dose and frequency.

Trauma: Always approach your pet with caution if they have an injury, are sick, or in pain. If your pet is bleeding, place a bandage to slow blood loss, apply pressure, and minimize contamination of the wound. Do not remove any penetrating objects.

Seizures: If you believe your pet is having a seizure, you should block off stairs and move potentially dangerous objects from the path of the pet. Do not try to hold them down. Seek vet help immediately as even 1 seizure is dangerous and can lead to more.

Toxicities: If you believe your pet has been exposed to substances which can be life threatening, call poison control. There is a charge to call, but each service houses a database of thousands of toxins including clinical signs and treatment recommendations. If toxins were ingested, vomiting should be induced ONLY if ingestion was witnessed and should be induced with hydrogen peroxide (1-2 teaspoons for every 10 pounds). For dermal exposure, bathe with mild soap and wear gloves.

Burns and Smoke Inhalation: Burns are very painful and often very difficult to detect on a pet unless […]

Miss Mollie Mae: June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

Each spring during kitten season, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

“Top Ten” Checklist for Adopting a Cat

  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
  2. Find a cat whose personality complements yours.
  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before it comes home.
  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat.
  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
  7. Cat-proof your home.
  8. Go slowly when introducing your cat to new friends and family.
  9. Be sure to include your new pet in your family emergency plan.
  10. If you are considering giving a cat as a gift, make sure the recipient is an active participant in the adoption process.



Miss Mollie Mae: International Hug Your Cat Day!

You promise yourself (and your cat) that you’ll be better next time. You’ll remember to shower your beloved pet with affection. You’ll rub her belly and pat her on the head 100 times tonight. But then, the business of life gets in the way. The sun sets, another day comes to an end and your cat carries on without the attention she deserves.

On June 4th, National Hug Your Cat Day, cat owners take a collective pause to recognize their loved ones – the way they wish they could every day.



Watch how affectionate this cat is with his owner:


Miss Mollie Mae: Celebrate Dog Bite Prevention Week!

Miss Mollie Mae: National Dog Bite Prevention Week!

National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites, if not all, are preventable.

Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pup can bite if provoked. Most people are bitten by their own dog or one they know. There are many things you can do to avoid dog bites:

  • Make sure your pet is socialized so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
  • Properly train your dog. The basic commands of “sit” “stay” “no” and “come” can be incorporated into fun activities that build a bond of obedience and trust between pets and people. Avoid highly excitable games like wrestling or tug-of-war.
  • Dogs are social animals and spending time with them is important. Dogs that are frequently left alone have a greater chance of developing behavioral problems. Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation. Have your dog vaccinated and prevent infectious diseases.
  • Never disturb a dog that’s eating or sleeping.
  • If you are threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don’t scream or yell.

Be a responsible pet owner. Be alert and know your dog.


Miss Mollie Mae: Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, every 10 seconds an animal is abused or beaten. April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and the ASPCA is urging supporters across the country to support their efforts to fight animal cruelty.

Pets give unconditional love to us. They soothe our souls and are endlessly entertaining. They become part of our family by capturing our hearts. But the outside world can be a cruel place for animals. We hear stories of the abuse and neglect people inflict on them in shameful and horrific ways that are shocking and appalling.

You are probably familiar with well-publicized animal cruelty cases BUT did you know:

  • Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair? That is animal cruelty.
  • Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without shelter? That is animal cruelty.
  • Your neighbor who doesn’t treat their diabetic cat? That is animal cruelty
  • Your co-worker who keep his puppy in a crate 24 hours a day? That is animal cruelty.

Reporting suspected animal cruelty ensures that animals in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care. Make a difference by preventing animal cruelty.

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