Emergency Pet Plan
Before an emergency strikes, have a pet emergency plan in place. Keep a list of phone number on the refrigerator for easy access for your family members, such as pet poison control, your veterinary clinic, and the emergency veterinary clinic. It’s also a good idea to keep a printed map or directions to the vet in case of emergency while your pet sitter is there. Also, keep your information on id tags and microchip up to date.
Most common calls received by pet poison helpline for dog toxicities:
2.) Insect bait stations
3.) Mouse and rat poison
5.) Xylitol-containing products such as sugar-free gums and candies
6.) Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
7.) Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
8.) Silica gel packs
9.) Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
10.) Household cleaners
The most basic tool for training a dog is a leash. Use a non-retractable leash to help you maintain control and keep your dog safe. A very effective tool for training is a GENTLE LEADER. It is designed to gently guide your dog’s attention to you.
If you have children, or just value your “me time,” adopting a senior dog is definitely a bonus. Grown up dogs don’t require the constant attention puppies do, leaving you with more freedom to do your own thing.
From the start, you’ll know important things like their size, personality & grooming requirements. Older dogs are likely to already be housetrained, even if they’re not; they have the mental abilities to pick it up quickly. Older dogs are great at focusing on you and on the task at hand because they’re calmer than pups. Also a canine retiree is not going to want to run a marathon every day, not that older dogs don’t require any exercise…they do.
James P. Doman, VMD
Hi, I am Dr. James Doman. I am a Lancaster County native; I grew up in Lancaster City and graduated from Millersville University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. I joined the NVC team in 1976. My special interests include dentistry, cancer treatment, allergy treatment and “pocket” pets like rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs.
My wife, Dawn, and I have 2 married children; 2 miniature Dachshunds – “Bernie” and “Daphne”, and a Ragdoll-Himalayan mix – “Quincy”. To keep healthy and in shape, I swim laps at the YMCA. In my spare time I enjoy spending time in our yard and garden, volunteering for our church, and golfing.
Even for the friendliest of animals need time to adjust to changes. Bringing a new pet into your home can be stressful which could result in bad behavior. Prevent exposing your family pets to potential infectious diseases by quarantining your new pet until authorized by your veterinarian. This also gives the pet’s time to get use to each other from behind closed doors.
Each May we celebrate the benefits of pet ownership and adoption. The hardest decision you face may not be what to name your bundle of joy, but what kind of animal you would like to adopt? Whether you have a thing for feathers or fur, we’re here to help!
Dogs, loving and loyal, we don’t call them our best friends for nothing! If you’ve done your research and found a breed that works with your lifestyle, you’re on the right track. Keep in mind that dogs require daily maintenance such as grooming, walking, and play time even in the rain, sleet, and snow.
Athletic and independent, felines are the most popular pet in the United States. Cats normally take care of their own grooming, but their litter box can get messy and need daily cleaning.
Cheery and chirpy, birds can be readily tamed to sit on your shoulder. A great choice if you don’t have the space for a larger pet. Keep in mind you’ll need to clean the cage and surrounding area daily.
Got allergies and limited space? Although fish are less maintenance, there’s a definite science to keeping their environment clean. Do your research; know which species are safe to keep together.
Pocket Pets (Guinea rigs, hamsters, rabbits) are great first pets under adult supervision and popular with apartment dwellers! These aren’t the kind of pets who can stay in a cage all the time; they need time out to exercise.
For more information about selecting the right pet for you and your family, and how to prepare your home for the arrival, check out our website or call with any questions!
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