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Bed bug detection dog goes to work at UK hotels

June 21, 2010 1 comment
Lola Bed Bug Dog

Looking for bed bugs

The first ever bed bug detection dog has started operating in a number of UK hotels, reports CaterSearch.com.

Lola, a 16-month-old Jack Russell, trained by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association, is being sent into some UK hotels to detect the odor of eggs laid by bed bugs in order to reduce the number of litigation cases brought on by unhappy hotel customers who have been bitten by the bed bugs, including one American couple who raised a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London after they received hundreds of bites during their stay.

Trained in the USA, Lola has been brought in on behalf of Trust K9, a company based in London, and can accurately search a hotel room for bed bugs in just 2 or 3 minutes.

Claiming a 98% accuracy rate in detecting the odor of live bed bugs and viable eggs, they outshine their human counterparts, who can only claim a 17-30% success rate at detecting the bugs, and who can take 20-30 minutes to examine a hotel room.

Lola is also in operation at residential properties, transportation, cruise liners and aircraft.

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How to administer oral medications to dogs

June 18, 2010 1 comment
Oral medications for dogs

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Most dog owners will inevitably come across the situation where they have to give their dog medication to treat a condition during the dog’s life.

As with their human counterparts, most dogs naturally dislike being forced to swallow any type of medication, so what is the best way to give a dog an oral treatment?

We’ve come up with six ways to accomplish the sometimes difficult task of getting your pooch to take their medication, without the fear of getting snapped at by your dog:

1. Inserting into the mouth by hand

This is the quickest method of administering oral tablets to dogs.  Tilt your dog’s head upwards and insert you thumb and index finger behind the upper jaw behind the canine teeth, which will cause your dog’s mouth to open.  This will allow you to insert the tablet into the back of its mouth as far as possible.

Then remove your fingers and hold your dog’s mouth closed for a few moments and blow on its nose which will force it to swallow in response.  However, blowing on its nose is unpleasant, so do not do this on more agressive dogs.

2. Hidden in food or treat

The easiest way of giving tablets to dogs is in their food.  Most dogs will not realise the medication has been hidden discretely within their dog food and will happily eat it.

In some cases you may be able to crush the tablet and then add it to the food, however check with your vet as some medications are less effective when crushed.  Try hiding the tablet inside your dog’s favourite snack, or dip it inside honey, peanut butter, or any food that will coat the tablet in a delicious taste.

3. Use a ‘Dog Piller’

A device used to administer tablets and capsules, and designed by veterinarians, this is an ideal way to give your dog the medication it needs, as well as protecting your fingers from being bitten by an aggressive dog!

Available at most major pet stores, the pet piller (or pill popper) is a plastic plunger with a soft rubber tip that makes giving oral medications a breeze.  Place the tablet inside the tip and place the plunger into your dog’s mouth, push the plunger and the tablet will drop to the back of its mouth.

Similar to giving medication by hand, hold your dog’s mouth closed for a few seconds until the dog swallows the tablet.

4. Pill Pockets

Pill Pockets are a tasty treat that have a built-in pouch that’s perfect for hiding tablets and medications. The pocket masks the medicine, making it an easy and stress-free way of giving tablets to dogs.  They come in a range of flavors to choose from.

Some are also an excellent source of vitamins to complement the medication to promote a healthy immune system.

5. Liquid Medication

If you need to administer medication in liquid form, you’ll find this is slightly easier than tablets or capsules.  To do this pull the dog’s front lower lip away from its teeth to form a cavity where you can squirt the liquid medication into.

As with solid medication, ensure that you hold your dog’s mouth closed for a few seconds so that it spreads into the mouth.

Check with your veterinarian to see whether the liquid medication is suitable for adding to your dog’s food.

After you’ve administered the medication, reward your dog with a small treat.  This will create a positive association between giving them medication and receiving a treat.

As with all pet medication or health treatments, ensure that you follow the directions and instructions printed on the label of the product.

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Our Latest Offers

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Latest sale offer

Latest sale offer

Our latest offer is a real cracker that’s designed to save you even more money off the popular flea & tick products, including Advantage for cats/dogs, and K9 Advantix.

Our original offer is now even better – when you buy 6 pipettes of Advantage or K9 Advantix you get 2 extra free. Buy 12 pipettes and get a massive 4 free.

This offer won’t be around for long, so ensure that you order your flea and tick products for this season.  All products have an expiry date of two years or more, so you can even order them for 2011 while stocks last at this price.

Order them online by following the links below:

ASPCA Pet of the Week: Extra Sharp Cheddar

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Adopt a cat - Cheddar

Adopt a cat - Cheddar

Sweet Cheddar is a darling four year old cat with special needs. She has fully recovered from a potentially serious liver condition—caused by not eating—but still requires an attentive pet parent who will remind her to chow down.

“Cheddar is amazing!” says Katie Watts, ASPCA Senior Feline Behavior Counselor. “She’s very affectionate and would do well in just about any home, including with a first-time cat parent or with children. She’s really one of the friendliest cats out there!”

Why not adopt Cheddar the cat?

If you’re interested in adopting this little cutie pie, please contact our Animal Placement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120. To see other animals looking for homes, visit the Adoption Center online.

Categories: Cats, News

Ask A Vet Question of the Month Winner

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Question of the month

Question of the month

The winner of May’s Ask A Vet feature on BudgetPetCare.com has been announced – congratulations go to Judy Thompson who asked:

A rep from frontline told me that you could use a small dog supply and and divide it 3 ways to use on three cats. He said it would not hurt and be less expensive and we could keep all our cats protected. Is this true and what size would I use to get the right amount. These cats are inside cats.

Our in-house vet answered:

Frontline Plus has the same ingredients for cats and dogs but the quantity is different between the two species. Both products, Frontline for cats and Frontline for Dogs, have fipronil and S-methoprene as their active ingredients. As you probably know fipronil is a powerful insecticide which will kill all fleas and ticks, and S-methoprene is a growth hormone regulator...

To read the full answer click here.

$100 Winner of the Month

As the winner of our monthly competition, Judy wins a $100 prize.  If you have a question that you’d like our veterinary surgeon to answer, get in touch and ask your pet-related question today.

Pet Med Spotlight – Frontline Plus

June 16, 2010 1 comment
Frontline Plus for dogs

Frontline Plus for dogs

Frontline Plus for dogs, manufactured by Merial, is a treatment given to dogs that controls and prevents the infestation of fleas, ticks and lice on dogs and puppies.

It prevents the multiplication of fleas and ticks by inhibiting the egg’s development (ovicidal) as well as larvae and pupae (larvicidal) that originate from eggs that are laid by adult fleas for two months following treatment of Frontline Plus.

It also has the added benefit of treating and controlling Flea Allergy Dermatitis that can result from the infestation of fleas.

Frontline Plus (active ingredient is Fipronil/Smethoprene) will provide you with the most effective and complete treatment of flea and tick infestations, killing them within 48 hours of treatment.

Frontline Plus for dogs controls and treats:

  • Paralysis ticks
  • Brown dog ticks
  • Biting lice
  • Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD)

Frontline Plus – Directions of Use

It is important that Frontline Plus is applied to an area of the skin where your dog cannot lick it off – the best place to administer it is behind the neck between the shoulders.

To apply Frontline Plus, part the dog’s hair at the back of the neck to reveal a patch of skin.  Squeeze the contents of the pipette directly onto the skin ensuring that the contents of the whole of the pipette is administered.

Frontline Plus will then spread across the coat of your dog over the next 24 hours, killing fleas and ticks as it spreads.  After 24 hours Frontline Plus will become waterproof.  Because it is waterproof, Frontline Plus is effective even if your dog is bathed/shampooed or goes swimming.

Apply Frontline Plus every month for full effective treatment of fleas, ticks and biting lice.

Frontline Plus Side Effects

Should your dog lick Frontline Plus it may hypersalivate for a brief period.  Some temporary irritation may occur, which is normal. Consult a veterinary surgeon if signs persist or become more severe after a few days.

Where to buy Frontline Plus for dogs

Head over to our online store to buy Frontline Plus for dogs at the best available prices.  Our flea and tick seasonal sale is now on, meaning you can save extra on your flea and tick medications throughout the season. Prices currently start at $24.89 for 3 pipettes, which treats small dogs up to 22lbs.

Ask Our Vet – your pet health questions answered

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Question from Diana Healy

I have a yorkie, Gidget who is 8 years old and a puppy, Misha, pom who is 4.5 months old. Misha picks on Gidget and Gidget just snaps at her. Can Misha hurt Gidget? Also, with their weight being so small should I use just 1/2 a pipe of Frontline on each dog? Thanks, Diana

Our Vet Says:

Dogs living in the same household have hierarchies and have a similar way of behaving with youngsters like humans.

Misha is still very young and it is seen as a child by Gidget. She will not intentionally hurt her until she is a few months older and hormones develop, but in the meantime she will correct her. Around the time when Misha will be reaching the adult stage of her life these fights will increase for a period of time until they find their equilibrium in the house.

To read the rest of this answer, please visit our main Ask Our Vet section on BudgetPetCare.com

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