We are now officially a complete life saving family, each in our own way. Quincy has her job helping me teach Dogsafe Canine First Aid and now Skye is a blood donor with the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley.
We've been gearing up for this a long time and today was the day of her first donation. Weighing in at 49.8lbs Skye is just on the cusp of being able to donate a full pint each visit safely so today she donated a half pint to see how she handles it.
As always Skye was an attention whore lol, loving the love and loving the treats. What she doesn't love however is giving up full control, yup, anyone who's tried to help me trim her nails in the past know what I'm talking about. So she was given a bit of sedation. LOL She was then given a bit more sedation. LMAO She was then temporarily snowed with another drug to get the job done, I can't recall the name of the drugs but the last one was easily reversed, after I trimmed her nails of course hee hee hee. Next time we'll know what works and she won't need so much.
I can't say enough about how wonderful the staff were with her. They were fabulous at shaping her behaviour to lay on her side and to relax. My girl is so smart that part didn't take long at all. If it weren't for her needing to be held down to prevent any chance of movement during the withdrawal, we could have gone drug free. Perhaps one day she'll be there.
Here's some pics and hopefully some video of the process. If you ever thought of having your pet donate blood to help save other dogs in need, you can find a link on my Links I Like page at this site. I;ll try to put the link here also. animalemerg.com/home/blood-donor-program/
With Christmas quickly approaching K9ABCs is now introducing the option of purchasing a gift card for the Dogsafe 101 course with K9ABCs. This gift card is for any occasion, meaning it's not created with any particular theme. One can redeem it when they register for a course date of their choosing by filling in the online registration form with the unique Gift Card's number. The card does not expire, is non-refundable and is from K9ABCs specifically, not Dogsafe.
So, whether it's you who wants the gift card in your stocking or if it's for someone you know.... you can contact me via phone 604-649-2995, the contact form on this site or the form specifically for gift cards also on the site. The cards will be mailed to you. Hopefully I'll have it arranged for them to be emailed soon, just not yet.
With so many foods, drinks and gums out there that are sugar free the exposure and number of cases of Xylitol poisoning has increased incredibly over the years. Take some time and watch this clip shared by the Pet Poison Helpline on the symptoms and treatment. As prevention, please watch your pets around food, garbage and even just on the ground. Just think how much gum there is spat out on the ground. Yuck. Please discard of your gum in a safe manner so an animal can't eat it.
DERAMAXX, DERACOXIB, RIMADYL, CARPROFEN (many different names)
Last week, Myloe, a lovely Catahoula in Colorado got a hold of a bottle of Rimadyl and ate it. destroyed the bottle and ate them. You see, they are large tablets flavoured like beef so he would like them. I remembered how Skye had once been on a similar anti-inflammitory when she cut her paw last summer and she ate her doses like they were a treat.
Poor Myloe has been in the ICU for a few days now and is still not out of the woods.
Whether it's canine medicine, perscription, over the counter, human or any other kind of drug, it's so important to keep them safely away from your animals. Think of the precautions used with children and remember how a pets adventuresume abilities can go places you never thought they could.
That's right, if you never thought they could get somewhere, and then they do, that could equal an emergency situation as it did with Myloe. This is where preparation helps, take a canine first aid course (DOGSAFE) have your vets info in or by your phone and have the Pet Poison Control number handy. Have the ap on your phone (it's very informative as a first go to). 1-855-764-7661 There is a $49 USD charge but lets face it, if you need it who cares, just have a credit card handy.
Other info you'll need handy include; what the poison is or could posibly be; time of poison exposure; amount of or length of time exposed; weight of animal; have they vomited?; no doubt there's more but that's what I have on the top of my head.
Check out their wesite www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Quincy, Skye and myself are sending prayers to Myloe and his family, be your stubborn self as all Catahoulas are Myloe and get well.
There was interest and now there's a class scheduled with room to spare. In Chilliwack on Sunday Nov 20th. Sign up now as it's quickly approaching and I likely won't be scheduling another class until next March, unless it's a private class.
Very cool. Yesterday morning I received a message from Vancouver Sun reporter Glenda Luymes. She saw advertising for my upcoming course here in Chilliwack and was surprised to learn there was such thing as Canine first Aid. And there you have it, a story about K9ABCs and Dogsafe in the Vancouver Sun this morning :) Lets hope that it leads to more taking this great course. Click this link to see the article. Thanks Glenda.
Canine First Aid
Saturday Sept 17th Langley
Sunday Oct 2nd Chilliwack
Limited Space/Location TBA
Register online here
contact Laurie 604-649-2995
In light of the extreme fire risk in many areas now I and you all have some planning to do. Some of us have our disaster kits but how many are ready to "Bug out" with minutes to pack. I'm not but I going to be. Time to make a list. Here's some quick brain storming right now.
Notice on my door that I have two dogs in the house (one deaf), a place for the info of anyone who may rescue the girls in my absence so I can find them.
Their leashes, harnesses and essentials in a bag by the door.
A key hidden outside so a contact person can access the house.
My fireproof safe with essential documents and flash drives with pictures in an easy to put in truck location.
camping gear and coolers.
I think those are the priorities in a pinch.
Any extra time I'll fill up the truck with what I can.
Also, don't let the truck go below half a tank of fuel.
Are you making a plan?
Remember Fort Mac? Well, we have a lot more warning then they did. Let's do what we can to be prepared, for our family.
8 year old Nova Scotia Duck Toller (mx??) rescued by the SPCA and adopted by my human, Laurie. Now I'm the pretty face on this webpage that's meant to help you humans better keep us canines safe. (like we need help with that, whatever).
Hope to Langley B.C. area but open to teaching in surrounding areas if invited.
"Laurie, thank you . I think this course was amazing.
Ena Moore Jan. 2013