• Easy-to-transport container, water resistant, unlocked and easy-to-open. Store the container with the pet’s name on it inside a duffel bag or SOS kit.
  • Tea Tree Oil – all-purpose disinfectant
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract – treating ringworm, pustules and infections
  • Lavender Oil (Essential Oils) – apply to burns to reduce swelling, blistering and scarring
  • Medicated Honey Formula – treatment for burns, scrapes, cuts or sores
  • Aloe Vera – applied topically or taken internally; cuts, burns, abrasions, hot spots, bites, indigestion, parasites, and other conditions
  • Book on Plant Identification – able to identify local plants
  • Syrup of Ipecac, Hydrogen Peroxide – induces vomiting or can be used as a topical disinfectant (2 – 3 tsp., one time only); considered a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide
  • Herbal-Mineral Detoxicant – used to absorb poisons and toxins.
  • Herbal Calming Formula – most important in time of need. Calms dogs and cats to reduce nervous stress. Safe for humans as a relaxer in a stressful situation.

As in most cat and dog first-aid kits, incidental supplies are also necessary for holistic kits. These items include tweezers, scissors, Q-tips, tape, towels, blankets, a thermometer, eyewash, and anything else you can add to your best friend’s very own custom holistic first-aid kit. Source: http://www.natural-wonder-pets.com/holistic-first-aid-kit.html

Use lavender oil on a collar or bandana for relieving stress. Works for people, too. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic, depending on the grade of your essential oil, whether it is therapeutic grade or not.

Please read this article from Dogs Naturally Magazine before using Aloe Vera on your dog where he can lick and ingest: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/is-aloe-poisonous-to-dogs/

I use tea tree herbal salve for my pets.

You can use a leash wrapped around your dogs mouth if a muzzle is needed.

Have the number to your vet handy and poison control is (888) 426-4435. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) provides toxicology educational programs, consulting services, and a 24-hour veterinary diagnostic and treatment hotline. There is a fee for this service.

Do not freak out if your dog eats some chocolate. My dogs got into my chocolate many times and are fine. Just keep an eye on your dog and use your judgement.

For using natural remedies from your pantry (my fav), check out http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/Natural-Awakenings/December-2013/Pet-First-Aid-Kits/.

I recommend the book, the complete holistic dog book by Jan Allegretti & Katy Sommers. I have several natural health and first aid books for dogs and cats. This is my favorite. Easy to find injury or ailment, number of alternatives to treatments, acupressure, herbs, flower essence and more. It has a nutritional materia, homeopathic, and herbal materia medicas in the back of the book. Everything is explained in easy to understand terms and diagrams.

Another good book to have on hand is The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care by CJ Puotinen. Very detailed, includes A-Z reference of natural treatments, emergency first-aid strategies, best diet for your pet, and interviews with leading veterinarians.

Try to remain calm, if you are stressed, your pet will be too.

January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Reblogged from Bunny’s Blog

January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

For over a decade, the ASPCA has declared January as National Adopt a Rescued Bird Month.

In an attempt to find loving and permanent homes for the thousands of companion birds that are abandoned each year, the ASPCA and other animal welfare organizations encourage owners to consider welcoming a feathered friend into their homes and families.

10 things to know before getting a bird: 

1. Adoption is a great option. Because birds are often more difficult to keep than people anticipate, many avian rescue groups and local shelters are overflowing with unwanted birds.

2. Birds live a long time. It is important to note that some birds live much longer – between 25 and 60 years – than dogs or cats, so be prepared for a lifelong friend.

3. Find a reliable avian vet. Remember, your bird will require the same vet care and regular examinations that a cat or dog would, except you will need to visit a veterinarian who specializes in birds.

4. Birds love a varied diet. Seeds, grains, beans, vegetables, fruit and a high quality pellet food are all good choices. It’s also important to note that most birds need to eat half their weight in food every day.

5. Birds can be noisy. Birds sing and chirp, but they also squawk and screech. Not all of their vocalizations are soothing and pleasant; some can be downright ear-splitting. Take this into consideration, especially if you live in an apartment building.

6. Birds like space. Provide your feathered friend with the largest cage possible—no space is too big for a creature adapted to flying through jungles and across savannas. A typical cage for small birds should be about 25 inches tall and 25 inches from front to back.

7. Birds are sensitive to their environment. It is important to place your bird’s cage in a warm, bright area, close to where the action is but away from drafts and direct sunlight. Avoid kitchens at all costs—birds are extremely sensitive to fumes from self-cleaning ovens and Teflon-coated cookware.

8. Birds are social butterflies. Birds can be every bit as loving and affectionate as dogs or cats. In fact, they should be taken out of their cages and handled every day for at least an hour. Daily exercise and ample out-of-cage time are the keys to a happy, well-adjusted bird.

9. Birds need exercise. Just like any other creature, birds can become overweight and unhealthy if they don’t get enough exercise. It’s important to let your bird out of his cage each day for free flight.

10. Birds are naturally clean. Like cats, birds are self-cleaners, as they preen their feathers daily. No smelly shampoos or flea baths for this feathered pal, keep up your bird’s good looks with a simple nail trim.

For more information about adopting new feathered friend, visit Petfinder.com or contact your local avian rescue organization.

Note: Georgia is a young female macaw available for adoption through Parrot Education & Adoption Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dear California Animal Advocates

Dear California Animal Advocates,

California’s 2014 legislative session begins tomorrow, and I cannot wait to see what we can do together this year.As residents of California, we sometimes tend to assume that our elected leaders will automatically be allied to the cause of animal protection. However, the progress California continues to make each year is not accidental: it is the result of your effective efforts to engage your legislators and governor in an ongoing dialogue about animal welfare in California.And sometimes, the most pivotal successes come in the form of stopping harmful legislation. In 2013, large-scale agricultural interests spearheaded an effort to pass legislation that would have helped factory farms cover up animal cruelty. The ASPCA worked with citizens and a diverse coalition to educate members of the Legislature about the dangers this bill posed to farm animals. Months of hard work reaching out to legislators resulted in the bill being killed.

In the wake of the successful defense against the ag-gag bill, the 2013 session moved on to more positive actions for animals:

  • A.B. 339 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson tightened restrictions on the sale of live animals at specific venues including swap meets, where conditions are rarely suitable for animals.
  • A.B. 265 by Assemblyman Mike Gatto removed obstacles for local jurisdictions to construct dog parks.
  • A.B. 789 by Assemblyman Das Williams and A.B. 1213 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom enacted new requirements for wildlife trapping. The new laws benefit both companion animals, who may fall victim to vicious traps, and our state’s bobcat population.
  • S.B. 132 by Senator Jerry Hill will prevent the needless killing of mountain lions who do not pose immediate danger to humans.
  • A.B. 711 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon banned lead hunting ammunition, protecting both wildlife at risk of ingesting contaminated remains and California’s diverse ecosystem. Despite heavy opposition, Assemblyman Rendon was able to navigate A.B. 711 through the legislative obstacle course to the governor’s desk.

Most of these measures took effect on January 1.

California continues to lead the way in animal welfare. To Governor Jerry Brown, to the authors who carried these bills, to all the legislators who stood up in support of animals, and to you, the advocates who made it all happen, the ASPCA thanks you.


Kevin O’Neill
Senior State Legislative Director, Western Region
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

P.S.– Governor Brown signed all six of these measures into law. I have one final request: Will you please take a moment to call him at (916) 445-2841 and thank him for his support for animals?

New: ASPCA-Tell us About Your Pet Store Puppy Purchase

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – 3:30pm
dog in crate

If you purchased a dog from a pet store within the past year, we need your help.

We can’t tell you how many calls and emails we get here at the ASPCA from people who bought a puppy from a pet store and didn’t realize, until it was too late, that their puppy was born in a puppy mill. We know that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, but we want to show people where their local pet stores are getting puppies before they buy! That’s where you come in!

If you bought a puppy from a pet store, you should have been provided with paperwork at the time of purchase that includes the name and USDA license number of the breeder who bred your puppy. Please find that paper and visit our No Pet Store Puppies website to share the information. The information you provide may help us connect your local pet stores to photos of the breeders who supply them.

No judgments here: we urge everyone to make adoption their first option—but if you bought a puppy, you can still assist the ASPCA with our efforts to shed a light on the link between puppy mills and pet store puppies. Thank you!

My Note: A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Puppy mill puppies are typically sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified. Mothers and puppies are treated inhumanely as the money is more important than the health and welfare of these dogs. San Diego, CA just passed a ban on pet stores. YAY!

Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. To reduce waste cleanup, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns. read more here.

However, there are reputable breeders that do sell dogs. If you do decide to purchase a dog, visit the mother and father of the puppy, make sure all paperwork is in order. See what kind of environment he was raised in. Do not purchase dogs over the internet.

Dogs Are so Forgiving!

Heidi, Samantha, and Zeus

Heidi, Samantha, and Zeus

I have two rescued Shih Tzus in my home, so the following story from the ASPCA really hit home. I am sad to hear of ANY animal abuse. I have first-hand experience with rescued abused Shih Tzus, I do not understand how anyone can harm one of these little adorable dogs or any animal for that matter. If you have any knowledge of animal abuse, please please report it. Call your local animal control agency. I have seen first-hand and have read many stories of how forgiving dogs are after they have been horribly abused, some left for dead.

My daughter, Samantha, adopted Heidi in 2008 after she was abandoned at the kennels my daughter worked at. Turns out she was abused and abandoned many times. Today she is happy and healthy in her forever loving home with her siblings. Samantha adopted a male Shih Tzu, Zeus, in January 2013 after fostering him for a month. His story, briefly, he was brought to a shelter by his owner after neglecting medical care for his eyes. He was to be euthanized for being aggressive and saved his last day by a rescue organization. He had one eye removed and 10% vision in his other eye from abuse. He is a happy well-adjusted doggie now in his forever home. He does occasionally bump into things! Both of these Shih Tzus do not hold a grudge and are very loving!

Tiny Dog Survives Brutal Beating, Finds Home with Volunteer

ASPCA volunteer sitting on couch with dogs and catEva Podietz is one of the ASPCA’s most dedicated volunteers. Scores of ASPCA animals have benefited from Eva’s care, and the most recent addition to Eva’s furry family is Bentley, a little Shih Tzu who suffered immensely before starting his new life.

Bentley came to us after a devastating kick to the head that left him with a dangerous brain hemorrhage, broken jaw and a broken skull, threatening to destroy his tiny brain stem. He could barely stand or move his legs.

Any sudden movements could have killed Bentley in those early days. ASPCA veterinarians provided critical head trauma care, medications to reduce fluid build-up in his brain, and comprehensive pain management. Our hospital staff could tell that Bentley was a fighter. He survived those initial days. Then the first two weeks. As soon as he could, Bentley began lifting his neck and wagging his tail to greet staffers. And one day, Bentley began to regain use of his legs!

But Bentley was still a bit scared of people, and he wasn’t eating as well as they’d hoped. They placed him in foster care with Eva, and he quickly gained a pound and started to open up. “After a month it was clear it was an adoption, not a foster,” Eva tells us. Now he is showered with love, attends doggy daycare and, despite everything he’s been through, “doesn’t seem to hold a grudge.” Read full story.


Happy Earth Day!


Celebrating Earth Day would include honoring our pets and animals as well. They are God’s creatures, and could not be here or exist without mother earth. Mother earth provides water, food, and shelter for our beloved family members. Earth Day is not just about recycling and going ‘green’. But honoring all life on our planet, on land and in the waters. I also believe every day should be earth day, a thankfulness and respect for what she has given us.

One way to celebrate with your pet is go for a walk. A common ordinary everyday experience for me. Don’t get in the car to drive to a dog park, walk around your neighborhood. If you have a park close to your house, all the better. Dogs love to just be with you and out of the house.  Tell your dog how much you love them and appreciate them. Pet and cuddle with them when you have time today. Clean your home with non-toxic chemicals or products with strong odors. If it smells bad to us, imagine how it smells to your pooch or kitty. Give yourself and your pet a treat with some aromatherapy. Sit and just ‘be’ with your pet with some quiet time, especially if you had a hectic day, it will be a great treat for both of you.

HALO~10 green pet tips (click image)

ASPCA~Help Lighten Their Carbon Paw Print!

Cutting Back is Going Green
There are plenty of small ways to cut back on energy and materials. Cut down on paper products—clean up pet messes with rags or recycled paper towels.

The Power of Poop
Scoop dog poop with biodegradable bags or those recycled from the grocery store. If you use kitty litter, opt for brands that are made of plant-based materials like wheat or from recycled newspapers or wood chips.

Don’t Shop, Adopt
When searching for your next pet, opt to adopt. There countless numbers of homeless pets looking for a loving home. You’ll save money, resources—and a life.

Spring Cleaning
It’s time for spring cleaning, but before throwing your dusty treasures away, call your local shelter—they may need old towels, bedding, leashes and pet toys.

Save Lives and Trees
Each year, members like you help us save those animals most in need, but did you know when you give online, you are also lowering your carbon footprint? Your online donation today will save lives and trees.

For a full list of ways you can help our environment, check out Go Green for Your Pets.

Weekly Wag: Howl-O-Ween Tricks and Tips

Trick or Treat Animal Lovers! Lets keep our pets and kids safe this Howl-o-ween. Here are some tips from the ASPCA for a safe and fun time for everyone. I added my own notes at the bottom, I find that some of these ‘safety tip lists’ tend to get a little over dramatic. Also added some fun links at the bottom for homemade pet costumes.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. ($65 credit card charge)

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you

Note: If your pet grabs a snack size snicker bar do not panic, a small amount will most likely not affect your pooch, but watch him closely. When adorning Fido in your favorite costume, make sure he can go potty and move about freely. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A) for your dog. I would feed in moderation and watch the seeds.

Please watch your pet when the little tricksters come to your door. (have your pet tagged and/or micro-chipped) You don’t want Fido running out the door or scaring the little goblins or vice versa. Ipecac is used for K9 nausea or vomiting. Chamomile taken internally has a calming effect and aids digestion for our canine companions. Rescue Remedy is used for stress and contains 5 Bach Flower Essences for people and pets.

Free Pumpkin-Carving Stencils of Favorite Dog Breeds

Homemade K9 Costume Ideas from Disney Family.com

Top 5 Pet Costume Ideas from Animal Planet.