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Pet Trust: Financial Planning for your Pet

Gail Rubin from the podcast “A Good Goodbye” spoke about pet trust in her podcast with Jodi Clocks. Jodi is an end of life consultant and helps people do financial planning for funerals and after life. She spoke about creating a trust for your pet to ensure their care after you are gone is taken care of. We often plan for our kids but not for our pets, so make sure that your pets are taken care of as well! Listen to the podcast for some great tips!

4 Common Injuries Your Pet May Sustain

Common dog injuriesPets are just like humans in that they are prone to injuries and accidents. They can have their eyes scratched, bones broken, swallow foreign objects and get stung or bitten by insects. Almost every pet owner has experienced one or more injury to their pet. Therefore, determining the severity of the injury is highly essential as it will help you decide if your pet can be treated at home or if it needs to be taken to the nearest vet clinic. Whatever the injury or accident may be, you must remain calm and be confident about how to handle the situation.

1. When Foreign Objects Are Swallowed

This is a very common accident in young pets. Unfortunately, the ingestion of foreign objects can cause severe blockage in their digestive system resulting in serious to fatal consequences. Pet cats and dogs love to play and chew on almost anything they may come across and accidentally end up swallowing these items. They may swallow rocks, toys, and pieces of carpet, rags, plastic bags and pieces of insulation. There are also occasions when grass seeds can become embedded in your pet’s skin, penetrate deeper and find their way into your pet’s internal organs. Once you discover that your pet has swallowed a foreign object, seek immediate treatment from a vet. You can avoid this by always keeping your home free from clutter, keep the dog’s space carpet free and always check and brush your pet’s body with a grooming brush.

2. When Bites Wounds and Lacerations Are Inflicted

It is normal for animals to get into fights and it is common for them to sustain bite wounds and lacerations when they walk on sharp surfaces. These wounds must never be taken lightly as abscesses may form and infections may be developed. You can clean the wounds with hydrogen peroxide and iodine then have them covered with clean cloths or gauze. However, these wounds will often require bandages, stitches and antibiotics from a vet. To avoid this, you need to keep your pet under control whenever around other animals and prevent your pet from roaming about outside too often.

3. When Insects Sting and Bite

Just like us humans, pets are prone to be bitten and stung by various insects. They can be stung by bees, mosquitoes and wasps in the garden, and they can also be bitten by bed bugs and ants inside the house. Usually these stings and bites can be treated at home, but when your pet is overly exposed to insects and attacked multiple times serious allergic reactions will occur and will require urgent medical care. There will also be a possibility that these insects will sting and bite you too if there is an infestation in your home or garden. The best way to prevent insects from harming your pet and you is to practice proper housekeeping and gardening habits and have a pest control professional treat your home for insect infestations.

4. When Fractures and Sprains Are Sustained

Pets can harm themselves when they are too enthusiastic and play rough. As a result, sprains and fractures can be sustained. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to treat these at home so you will need to bring your pet to the vet for a check up.


If you are not sure about how serious an injury may be, it is better to play it safe and call your vet.

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Valerie Adams is a freelance writer specializing in pet care and the safe pest control methods of InsightPest.com. She also blogs about the habits of dogs and cats as well as how insect bites trigger serious allergic reactions on pets.

How To Treat A Dog For A Hornet Sting

Hornet StingWhen a hornet stings a dog there is not usually a problem, however some dogs do have a strong reaction. Just like humans, some dogs can suffer from mild to severe allergic reactions triggered by hornet stings. In fact some dogs experience serious allergic reactions to hornet stings that are fatal. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify if your pet has been stung by a hornet because the symptoms it may experience are hives and swelling which are common symptoms with insect bites as well. You can first monitor and observe other allergic reactions your dog may have, while reducing the discomfort being felt before taking other action.

Be Prepared At All Times

As a pet owner you need to be prepared at all times for any type of emergency, especially since it is more difficult to determine dog ailments. It is a good idea to ask your vet ahead of time for any over-the-counter medication you can buy to treat insect bites and stings as well as allergies. However, be careful in giving your pet the proper dosage because every breed, size and age of dog will have their respective dosage for every type of medicine.

Locate the Stinger on the Skin

To determine if you are dealing with a hornet sting, observe which area on your pet’s body is swelling, painful and itchy with a stinger left in the skin. Then carefully remove the stinger to stop more venom from being released in your dog’s body. You can use a pair of tweezers or a hard card to scrape it gently from the skin.

Apply First Aid

Once the stinger has been removed, you can then wash the swollen area with mild soap and warm water, and then gently pat dry with a clean towel. To reduce the swelling you can wrap an ice pack in a soft towel and apply it on the wound for five minutes at a time.

Keep an Eye Out For Allergic Reactions

While you are applying the cold compress on your pet’s wound, observe the allergic reactions it may experience. Some serious allergic reactions are diarrhea, pale gums and vomiting, but it is important that you observe any signs of anaphylactic shock. When a dog goes into anaphylactic shock it will appear to be shaky, weak and have difficulty breathing.

Home Treatments

If the allergic reaction is not serious, you can always use home treatments to help treat the sting. To soothe the sting wound, you can make a paste out of a teaspoon of sugar and water and rub it on the sting for a few minutes. You can also make a paste with baking soda and water and have it applied several times in a day. The soda will draw out the venom and soothe the sting. Even strong white vinegar, antiseptic mouthwash, ammonia, olive oil or damp tea bags can ease the pain.

The instant you detect severe allergic reactions, bring your pet to the vet but keep him awake during the trip. It is also important that you take steps to get rid of hornets from your property with the help of a pest control professional because your family may get stung the next time.

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Valerie Banks is a freelance writer specializing in health and well being of pets, as well as natural Minneapolis wasp control methods. She also writes blogs on how to treat hornet stings and offers home treatment tips to pet owners.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.