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Is That a Service Dog?

In black dogs, cat cpr, cat first aid, Cats, Dog CPR, dog walker, Dogs, pet cpr, Pet First Aid, Pet Rescues, pet sitter, Puppies, Service Animals by Cara Armour0 Comments

I don’t know, do you? Just the other day in one of the many pet sitter Facebook groups I contribute to, a old friend brought up the subject of creating a system for reporting people that abuse the service dog system. It is an issue, because of laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) it is illegal …

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The Triple Treachery of Rawhide & A Spotlight of Success

In black dogs, dog walker, Dogs, pet cpr, Pet First Aid, Pet Holidays, Pet Rescues, pet sitter, Puppies, Reader Stories by Cara Armour0 Comments

The Danger of Rawhide The pet food blogger Rodney Habib, a well known pet nutrition blogger wrote a very informative piece about the dangers of rawhide chews. As pet parents many of us don’t even blink at the thought of bringing home this now known staple for the enjoyment of our pups. As a pet care provider myself I find …

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October 1st is National Black Dog Day

In Animal Movies, black dogs, dog walker, Dogs, Pet First Aid, Pet Holidays, Pet Rescues, pet sitter, Puppies by Cara Armour0 Comments

If you share your life with a black dog you already know the joys of your dark mysterious mate. Did you know black dogs are the most overlooked pups in shelters? In terms of branding, the black dog doesn’t catch the eye of the lighter colored, tan, red or white pups. Black is a harsh color and certainly avoided in …

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Blog Series: 5 Common Issues with Your Pets; #5 Seizures

In cat cpr, cat first aid, Cats, dog walker, Dogs, pet cpr, Pet First Aid, Pet Holidays, Pet Rescues, pet sitter, Puppies by Cara Armour0 Comments

We’re rounding out our 5 Common Issues with your Pets blog series and will be ending with the brain dysfunction known as seizures. Seizures are a clear sign that something is not right with your pet and can be caused by blunt force trauma, poisoning, brain tumors or even a genetic condition known as epilepsy. Whatever the cause, what you …

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Blog Series: 5 Common Issues with Your Pets; #4 Choking

In cat cpr, cat first aid, Cats, dog walker, Dogs, pet cpr, Pet First Aid, Pet Holidays, pet sitter, Puppies by Cara Armour0 Comments

Next in the lineup for learning how to be our pet’s hero is choking. We have since covered; cuts, punctures, bites,  poisoning, and being hit by a car. While dogs are certainly far more likely to choke than cats – it’s best to know what to do no matter which of your furry pals is in trouble. Issue: Choking Choking …

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Blog Series: 5 Common Issues with Your Pets; #3 Hit by a Car

In cat cpr, cat first aid, Cats, dog walker, Dogs, pet cpr, Pet First Aid, Pet Rescues, pet sitter, Puppies by Cara Armour0 Comments

From our first and second posts in this series,  we have learned that there are no animal EMT’s – so hopefully by now you have gathered that you are your pet’s emergency animal response team – EART! Dogs and cats getting hit by cars is more common then anyone wants to imagine – but there is hope! Not all HBC’s …

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Blog Series: 5 Common Issues with Your Pets; #2 Poisoning

In cat cpr, cat first aid, Cats, dog walker, Dogs, pet cpr, Pet First Aid, Pet Holidays, pet sitter, Puppies by Cara Armour1 Comment

To continue our series of the most common issues you may experience with your pets, we’ll discuss poisonings. This is a BIG topic not only because it is so frequent, rather there are a vast array of things that can poison our pets – not to mention the reactions our pets can have to poisons. Just as an EMT would take your vitals …

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Blog Series: 5 Common Issues with Your Pets; #1 Cuts, Punctures or Bites

In cat cpr, cat first aid, Cats, dog walker, Dogs, Pet First Aid, Pet Rescues, Puppies by Cara Armour4 Comments

I don’t know about you but if something happens to a person – whether it be a friend, family member or stranger on the street – if I see a medical emergency I know I can help by dialing 911. While I do know human first aid and CPR, I feel comfortable knowing that if my adrenaline is pumping the …

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National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day

In dog walker, Dogs, Pet First Aid by Cara Armour0 Comments

Today is National Walk ‘N Roll Dog Day, a day that evokes so many emotions for me. Having shared my life with two dogs in carts, I know firsthand the joy, pain and strife that comes with these special needs pups. Both my Boxers suffered from a disease called Degenerative Myelopathy; a progressively paralyzing disease in dogs that is akin …