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Winter and Rock Salt

GreenWelcomeWe have been remiss in not keeping our animal blog up to date. As expected we know we have lost blog readers; but that’s ok, we will work on earning them back. To start, here is our post on the dangers of Rock Salt and our pets.

Each year many thousands of cats and dogs die or are made severely ill from the toxic effects of rock salt.

Local municipalities frequently use rock salt after heavy snow with sand or grit to improve traction. Householders may use it to help melt ice and snow on paths and make it easier to spade or sweep away.

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Rock salt is very poisonous to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, they can easily ingest it when they lick their fur after being outdoors. The result can be fatal. According to the RSPCA:

It is difficult to say how much needs to be eaten for signs of toxicity to be seen. Even a small amount of pure salt can be very dangerous to pets. Ingestion can result in a high blood sodium concentration which can cause thirst, vomiting and lethargy, and in severe cases there is a risk of convulsions and kidney damage.

Most cases involve animals that have walked through gritted snow and then lick or chew it off their paws as they can find it irritating. It is therefore important to thoroughly wipe your pet’s feet and the fur on his/her legs and tummy after a walk or time outside. If he/she is showing any signs of discomfort after possible exposure to rock salt, use a mild, pet-safe shampoo and warm water to wash the affected areas, and dry your pet’s fur completely with a towel after washing.

Any animal suspected of ingestion of rock salt must be assessed by a vet immediately. This is important as signs can be non-specific and a blood test will be required to check the blood sodium concentration. Immediate veterinary treatment will be needed to rehydrate the animal and stabilise their sodium levels. The exact treatment will depend on the blood sodium concentration and the animal’s clinical condition. Owners should never attempt to induce vomiting; only a vet should do this.

If you suspect your cat has ingested rock salt do not wait to see the symptoms develop, but seek veterinary advice without delay. Again this emphasizes the importance of keeping cats indoors during severe weather whenever this is practical.

shared from the Pussington Post

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Yellow Dog Project

I have seen this a few times and wanted to share it with my readers. I think it is important anytime our furry friend is outside at an off leash park, or a leashed park or perhaps on a walk. Something very simple speaks volumes and it may just reduce the amount of dog fights, or situations where a child could be bitten.

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So let’s start the new year off right!

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Where do you sit?

Today Mama and Daddy took meh sister Lucy and I (Blaze) on one of our car rides. This time we were taking Daddy to go away on a big plane or something. I normally sit wif mama as I have always. I know some humans wouldn’t like to hear that I snuggle in mama’s arms and go to sleep, while she drives wif her other arm. Meh sister Lucy likes to sit in the front seat, but mostly in the back. 

Mama has been looking at those harness things that she said she would attach to the seat belt. So we are writing to ask how many of our readers use the harness to strap their fur kids into? My other sisters and brothers like to also travel in their kennels, especially Miss Lexi, she gets really upset if she can’t ride in hers. Mr. Paco, likes to ride in his kennel, its this soft black one, that he just jumps in and snuggles in his blanket and goes to sleep. Mama likes it because she can slide in the seat belt and snap it all together. 

Mama read this article by Cesar Milan, so we thought we would share it —> http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-travel/Should-Dogs-Wear-Seat-Belts

So be sure to tell us what your humans do so you can ride in the car wif them. 

Fanks! 

Lots of Wiggle Bums and Kisses!

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