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Pet First Aid 4U and Pro Pet Hero Team Up To Offer Broader Pet First Aid Training Options for Pet Professionals and Pet Owners

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In a pet emergency, minutes count and that’s why these rivals are combining forces to save the lives of more cats and dogs.

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In mere minutes, a dog can bleed out from an arterial wound. A curious kitten can choke on a stringed toy and stop breathing. Knowing what to do in the minutes following a pet emergency could save a pet’s life.

That’s why two nationally recognized pet safety companies – Pro Pet Hero and Pet First Aid 4U – are partnering to broaden their overall reach when educating pet professionals and pet owners about the importance of learning pet first aid and CPR. Their alignment is especially timely since it occurs during April, which is designated as Pet First Aid Awareness Month.

Pro Pet Hero offers an online pet first aid/CPR course taught by Bobbi Conner, DVM, a veterinarian board-certified in emergency medicine. Pet First Aid 4U is a veterinarian-endorsed, in-person course featuring a live cat-dog duo. Upon completion in either program, students earn two-year certificates as well as continuing education units.

Many would consider the two programs rivals, but leaders for both companies see the value in teaming up to deliver the message of learning pet first aid to benefit millions of cats and dogs.

“One of the best ways to be your pet’s best health ally is to take a pet first aid class,” says Arden Moore, founder of Pet First Aid 4U and a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor. “Pro Pet Hero and Pet First Aid 4U share the mutual goal of teaching practical skills to stabilize an injured or ill pet and safely transporting them to the nearest veterinary clinic. Getting the message out about how to take care of our pets in a medical emergency is of utmost importance to both companies.”

Cara Armour, product manager and blogger for Pro Pet Hero, is also a master certified pet first aid/CPR instructor. Pro Pet Hero is part of ProTrainings, an international company that has trained more than 1,000,000 students in human first aid, CPR and other health and safety continuing education courses.

“The merging of our two programs offers pet professionals, including pet sitters, dog walkers, groomers and boarding staff, the choice of how to learn pet first aid: online or in person,” says Armour. “Pets are beloved members of our families in America and knowing pet first aid and CPR should be a priority among pet professionals and caring pet parents. We at Pro Pet Hero know that we can reach more people with this important message by joining forces with Pet First Aid 4U.”

To kick off the partnership, Moore invited Armour as a special guest on her Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio. The award-winning podcast reaches more than 750,000 listeners worldwide. To listen to the pet first aid-focused episode, click here.

The two organizations will be working collaboratively to increase the standard of pet first aid/CPR education as well as making it more accessible to pet lovers who want to learn pet first aid.

About Pet First Aid 4U: This in-person, pet first aid/CPR and safety course covers the latest protocols approved by a team of leading veterinarians. Students receive detailed course books, get to practice many pet first aid skills on Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona and earn certificates valid for two years. The five-hour course is also customized for pet professionals. Click here to learn more.

About Pro Pet Hero: This online pet first aid/CPR and safety course is led by Bobbi Conner, DVM, through video-based learning. This course is designed to allow students to take it at the pace and place of their choosing. Students are tested and upon completion, they can download the course manual, print their nationally accepted certificates and have access to the full course for review for two years. Click here to learn more.

Media note: Pro Pet Hero’s Cara Armour and Pet First Aid 4U’s Arden Moore are available for interviews. Contact Erin Fenstermaker of EF Consulting by clicking here.

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Ruffwear to the Rescue for Arden and Her Pets’ 2,800-mile Road Trip

As The Pet Health and Safety Coach, I spend a lot of time on the road with Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona. Occasionally, Cleo, my 14-year-old retired K9 surfer, joins us. For all of us who travel with our pets, one way to stay sane –and safe — is to pack the right pet essentials.

So, on a recent five-week, 2,800-mile round trip from Dallas to San Diego where we conducted several pet behavior and pet first aid classes, I made sure that my SUV contained these two Ruffwear products:

  • The Ruffwear Haul Bag Water-resistant and roomy with a sturdy zipper, this pet travel bag easily held all the pet food, leashes, doggy potty bags, grooming wipes and favorite toys for my four-legged travel mates. It was the ideal size and didn’t take up a lot of cargo space. And, I used its outside pockets to stash items I needed to need quickly: doggy bags, bag of treats, bottled water and collapsible water bowl. Keeping all the pet stuff in one bag made transporting luggage into the hotel rooms each night so much more convenient
  • The Ruffwear Hydro Plane High-Floating Disc: To break up the monotony during those long road trips, I made sure to pack Kona’s favorite toy — this durable, lightweight disc. Kona is a two-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who needs –and deserves — to s-t-r-e-t-c-h her legs and engage in mini-play sessions during road trips. Each time we found a safe place for her to run, I would hurl the Hydro Plane in the air and watch with amusement as Kona sprinted, leaped to catch it and then wrestle it to the ground with great glee. I like that this disc is gentle on her mouth and can even float for times when we are at dog-friendly beaches.

To learn more about these and other quality Ruffwear products, click here. And, to book us to come to your group to teach pet first aid classes or give dog/cat behavior talks, contact Arden Moore at arden@fourleggedlife.com.

Gotta go — it’s time for Kona, Casey and I to hit the road again!

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Pet Safety Cat Casey and Pet Safety Dog Kona make sure that I have packed treats for them inside this Ruffwear Haul Bag.

 

Kona patiently awaits another toss by me of the Ruffwear Hydro Plane.

Kona patiently awaits another toss.

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Solving Litter “Confetti” on Floor Thanks to Drymate Litter Trapping Mat

Ever face a challenge that seems like one piece of the solution is missing?  That has been my fate since I moved from Oceanside, CA to Allen, TX when it comes to maintaining a tidy bathroom for Pet Safety Cat Casey.

Casey is an orange tabby with a growing reputation as the country’s only active (and willing) feline “instructor” who teams up with Pet Safety Dog Kona and I to conduct veterinarian-approved, hands-on pet first aid/CPR and safety classes through our Pet First Aid 4U program.

He sports a bowtie at events and unleashes the charm of a feline George Clooney to everyone of every age he meets. His purr machine seems to be on low throttle. Check him out performing his sit-and-paw greeting to a young kid attending the SPCA of Texas summer camp.

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Yes, Casey sports smarts and good manners — until it is time to use the litter box. He seems to thrive in spreading the litter like confetti all over my wooden floor. That brings me back to the “challenge” I identified in the beginning of this post. I found myself constantly bringing out my handheld vacuum to suck up the long trail of litter.

In addressing this issue, I first switched out the litter boxes from an open box to one with a dome lid. He must walk up a miniature set of stairs to enter the spot inside to do his “business.” And, to prevent any odors, I now use Litter Genie, a cat litter disposable system that resembles a baby’s diaper disposal that enables me to scoop of the litter clumps into it, drop it down into a plastic bag and put a lid on it to prevent any odors from escaping.

Still nagging me, however, was how to conquer the litter scattered all over the floor. I tried a plastic litter mat that was sticky and ugly and it woefully failed into containing the litter coming off Casey’s paws each time he exited the litter box. Plus, it had a slippery backing, enabling Casey to knock it all over the floor and far from the litter box.

Then I heard about a new product called the Drymate Litter Trapping Mat when I was attending the BlogPaws/Cat Writers Association conference held outside of Phoenix, AZ. The manufacturer sent me a pair of mats to test.

I placed down the 28-by-36-inch gray mat down on my wooden floor in front of Casey’s litter box about a month ago. And I am happy to report that there is little to NO litter littering my floor anymore. I also like that this mat is comfortable to walk on bare feet and comes in an attractive soft charcoal color. Made of 100-percent polyester fiber, it features ridges that safely pull litter from your cat’s paws and traps any liquid as well. Check out this pic of Casey displaying (finally) good litter box exiting etiquette:

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Here are other reasons why the Drymate Litter Trapping Mat earns my high “paws up” approval:

  • Cleaning is a breeze. You can easily vacuum or shake off litter into a garbage bag.
  • It can be cleaned in the washer machine or by hand. Just allow it to air dry.
  • It is environmentally friendly. The mats are made from recycled plastic bottles.
  • The backing is waterproof and slip resistant.

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As The Pet Health and Safety Coach, a pet behavior consultant and host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio, I am constantly approached about recommending pet products. But I am very choosy – after all, it is my reputation on the line. However, I have no hesitation in recommending you resolve your “litter confetti” syndrome by getting your paws on the Drymate Litter Trapping Mat. It is available at Target stores with retail prices of $19.99 for the 28-by-36 size and $12.99 for the 20-by-28 size. To learn more, visit its site by clicking here.

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Paws Up for Pets: To endure first year with a young cat, embrace kitten’s viewpoint

Credit the recent adoption of  Casey, my orange tabby kitten, for inspiring me to address this topic for the monthly pet column I write for The Coastal Star, a must-read monthly in Palm Beach County.

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Here’s Casey “helping” me type this pet column for The Coastal Star. Sigh.

 

Meet Pippi, the CFO (Chief Feline Officer) at The Coastal Star.

By Arden Moore

Did you just adopt a kitten? To maintain your sanity, please repeat after me: I will survive.
Yes, you will survive all the fun, folly and frustration that characterize a feline in his first year of life. I promise. And I’m living proof.
Recently, I adopted a spirited and affectionate male orange tabby from my local humane society. Casey is just 4 months old and weighs less than 5 pounds. As I was bringing him home, I realized that is has been 15 years since I’ve adopted any feline well under 1 year old.
The last time occurred in 1999 when I rescued an abandoned kitten from an apartment complex and named her Murphy Brown (she is now a spry 15 years old). To put that time duration into perspective, consider that in 1999, gasoline averaged just $1.22 per gallon, Mattel’s Barbie Doll turned 40, the hot movie was American Pie, and impeachment proceedings were being brought against President Bill Clinton. Facebook and selfies did not exist in our vocabularies.
Paralleling my crazy kitten antics are The Coastal Star’s publishers, Mary Kate Leming and Jerry Lower, who recently plucked a tiny orphaned kitten from a street near their Ocean Ridge home.
After being given a clean bill of health at the veterinary clinic, this 4-month-old brown-striped tabby named Pippi has soared up the ranks from mere office cat to become the newspaper’s CFO (that’s Chief Feline Officer).
For Leming, Lower and me, life for the next year will be anything but boring. Welcome to what I call the Wonder Year.
During the first 12 months of a kitten’s life, you will wonder where your tabby gets so much energy, why this surprisingly agile and athletic youngster decides to leap from the sofa to the recliner and, most importantly, if you will be able to maintain your sanity.
Repeat after me: I will survive. This magical first year may be filled with feline mischief and mayhem. But kittens do a body (and mind) plenty of good.
Among the benefits kittens bestow upon us:
• They tap into our nurturing side. Fast-growing kittens need us to feed them healthy meals many times per day and to tutor them on proper litter box etiquette. In the case of Pippi, it has meant thinking literally outside the (litter) box for Leming, who has resorted to using a deep plastic storage tub as Pippi’s bathroom because of the feline’s quirky habit of standing up while urinating. The walls of conventional litter pans would not be high enough to contain this odiferous spray.
For Casey, I quickly switched to litter boxes with lids to keep him from gleefully creating litter confetti all over the floor.
• They are not influenced by affluence. Anything and everything seems to be a prized toy for Casey. Sure, he enjoys the store-bought feather wand and trackball (a ball is inside a donut-shaped plastic toy with openings for a feline to paw to push the ball around in circles). But Casey equally loves flying in and out of a brown paper grocery bag and swatting any ice cube that drops onto the kitchen floor with the moves that would rival an all-pro hockey player. A crumpled paper wad is fetching fun for Pippi. She snoozes in a wicker basket under Leming’s office desk.
• They embrace the power of play. Good luck trying to work for hours on the keyboard or engaging in marathon texting sessions on your phone. Kittens like Pippi and Casey will have none of that. Often without warning, they will dance across the keyboard, interrupting our thoughts and displaying gibberish on the computer monitors. But it is their reminder for us to not be all work.
As Leming notes, “I think Pippi is good for me because I have a tendency to stare at the computer screen intensely for a long time. I can’t do that anymore with Pippi around. She reminds me that I need to take breaks away from the keyboard.”
• They make us tidier in the office and at home. Since Casey’s arrival, my kitchen counters and office work spaces are void of any lightweight object that can be swatted and sent soaring. Bathroom doors are kept closed to prevent Casey from unrolling the toilet paper down the hallway.
And in Leming’s case, she can no longer enjoy the simple pleasures of sipping water from a glass or trying to eat a sandwich at her desk. “If you aren’t looking Pippi will stick her nose in my water glass or try to steal my sandwich,” notes Leming. My advice: Switch to spill-proof beverage containers with lids and feed your kitten before bringing out any lunch food to limit this feline thievery temptation.
Pippi, Casey and frisky, fun-loving kittens everywhere view each day — heck, each moment — as opportunities to be enjoyed and embraced. The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Casey is to live in the me-now and not fret over past mistakes or ponder future possibilities. Thinking like a kitten offers more values than one may realize. And I promise: You will survive the Wonder Year.
Arden Moore, founder of FourLeggedLife.com, is an animal behavior consultant, editor, author, professional speaker and master certified pet first aid instructor. Each week, she hosts the popular Oh Behave! show on PetLifeRadio.com. Learn more by visiting www.fourleggedlife.com.

 

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Arden Moore Participates in Blog Hop – Spotlights 5 MUST-READ Authors!

Welcome to the newest page turner idea: The Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it is a way for readers to discover new authors. After all, we authors need to be creative not only with words, but with marketing. With bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, the Blog Hop is a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here is an easy, effective way to find new authors. I first wish to thank fellow author Amy Shojai for tagging me to participate. She is a best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, including her latest thriller called: LOST AND FOUND. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins penned this review of Amy’s book:  “Riveting, heart-wrenching, brilliant, the debut of a stunning talent.”

Click here to find out more about this book and Amy Shojai, co-founder of Cat Writers Association and one of the world’s top pet authors!

In this post, I am following the Blog Hop protocol by answering these 10 questions about my latest book, What Dogs Want, and my background as an author. I hope you enjoy this and share it with your pet-loving pals!

What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move, by Arden Moore

1. What is the title of your latest pet book?

My 24th pet book is entitled, What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move.

2. Where did the idea come from for this book?

I’ve traveled all over North America and given talks about dog (and cat) behavior to people who are frustrated, perplexed or confused by what their pets do and say. One day, I received a call from a book editor from Global Book Publishing in Australia. She was searching for an author to write a canine communications book and said I was the publisher’s top pick to write it.

3. What genre does your book come under?

This is a non-fiction pet book filled with great insights into the canine mind.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In an easy-to-follow format, this book bridges the canine-people communication gap by decoding 100 postures, expressions, sounds and actions from dogs.

5. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

What Dogs Want is a global release from Global Book Publishing. Firefly Books is handling the North America release.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Surprising a shorter-than-anticipated time: about four months. Like most of us authors, I wrote this book while I was juggling other book projects, magazine article assignments and editing chores.

7. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

Two of my favorite pet authors who really know how dogs think are Dr. Marty Becker, America’s Family Veterinarian and author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual; and Dr. Sophia Yin, a terrific veterinarian-behaviorist and author of How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

chipper-and-cleoMy two rescued dogs, Chipper and Cleo, who taught me to practice the three C’s in ‘chatting’ with dogs: be clear, concise and consistent.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The photos! Each page you turn ushers you to another stunning photo of dogs evoking all types of emotions. The cover features a Jack Russell terrier cocking his head and looking right into your eyes.

10.  How can we find out more about you and your other books?

I invite you to ‘sniff around’ my main website: Four Legged Life, to learn more about my mission to bring out the best in pets and their people. I am also the creator of National Dog Party Day and one of 14 Master Certified Pet Tech pet first aid/CPR instructors in the world. Visit my pet first aid site.

Below, you will find the names of five talented authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPS and new releases! Happy writing and reading! And, now in alphabetical order, I salute:

  1. Andrea Chilcote – transformational leader for corporations and individuals and gifted, inspirational author. I happily wrote the foreword to her paw-mazing book, Erik’s Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom and am proud to announce her latest book, This Very Moment, a collection of thought-provoking essays. Learn more by visiting her site and her blog: www.erikshope.wordpress.com.
  2. Cathy Conheim – official ‘cat scribe’ to Henry the Cat. Don’t be fooled by her title. Cathy was a successful business coach and psychologist whose philosophy to reach out to others grew global after she adopted this three-legged tabby. She champions the causes of people and pets and her latest must-get book is called Henry and Tink: A Remarkable Romance. This delightful book depicts the unlikely friendship of Henry and a special two-legged Dachshund named Tink. Proceeds go to various charities. Learn more by clicking here.
  3. 3. Jennifer Quasha – accomplished author of more than 40 books for children and adults. Her latest works appeal to dog and cat lovers and are part of the highly successful Chicken Soup series. The titles:I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! And I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! Discover more about this multi-talented author by visiting her site.
  4. Robert Semrow –Best known as The Pawtographer, Robert captures the full gamut of canine emotions with his camera lens. He recently assembled some of his best work in a clever, motivating gift book called Life Is Pawfect. An excerpt: “Life is pawfect…when you can shake, rattle and roll in a poodle skirt!” Learn more about Robert by visiting his site.
  5. Margie Yee Webb – This accomplished writer-photographer is a friend to all felines, especially a green-eyed tabby named Cat Mulan. Paw through the pages of her book, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, and be prepared to be inspired by its words and images.  Learn more by visiting her site.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have a favorite author you would like to spotlight? A favorite pet tale? Contact Arden at www.fourleggedlife.com.

 

 

 

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Birthday Wish Comes True: A Hug from Betty White

Few people on this planet make me giddy. Notable exception: Betty White. This ageless advocate for pets and wildlife is 90 years YOUNG and sports more energy and passion that a trio of 30-year-olds. So, I aimed high this year for my birthday wish.

As host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet LifeArdenBettyWhite Radio, I was part of the media pack covering the 2nd annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Oct. 6 — my birthday.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to be with ordinary dogs who have done extraordinary things and genuine pet-supporting celebrities strolling by on the red carpet. Eight special dogs were finalists for this year’s award won by Gabe, a retired military dog who has saved countless lives and provide canine compassion to military men and women during his 13-month tour of duty in Iraq. He and his handler-now-proud-pet parent Sgt. Charles Shuck saluted all attendees, the military all over the globe and dogs who every day give us unconditional love.

Now back to Betty White. She has been a guest on my radio show and we’ve exchanged autographed copies of our books to one another, but this was our first meeting. The cameras were rolling and the media was pleading with Betty to please stop and chat during her walk down the red carpet. I was fortunate that she did stop when I introduced myself and let her know it was my birthday. She gave me a hug and wished me a happy birthday.

I also received birthday hugs from Josh Hopkins, a star on the comedy, Cougar Town (with Courtney Cox) and Mark Stiennes, former Entertainment Tonight host now doing shows for Hallmark. Not a bad birthday.

And my year-long birthday wish is one that I never alter: to do my best to bring out the best in dogs, cats and other critters on this planet. They bring so much to us and deserve our love, attention and healthy treats.

Learn more about the Hero Dogs by clicking here. You will make Betty White proud.

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Towel Wrap Your Cat in 5 Easy Scratch-Free Steps

Here’s Arden Moore’s latest post on Vetstreet.com — be sure to visit Vetstreet for other tips and pet stories.

When you need to trim your feline’s nails or give her medication, there’s a common household item that can make the procedure go much more smoothly — a large bath towel.

“Wrapping your cat in a towel is a great way to protect yourself from claws,” says Dr. Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist. “Towel wrapping also prevents escapes, and helps calm down a cat.”

Toweling can also benefit cats who tend to be anxious, fearful or aggressive when handled, adds Dr. Yin, author of Low Stress: Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modifications of Dogs and Cats.

“Cats can be more difficult than dogs to restrain for several reasons,” says Dr. Yin. “In general, cats receive less socialization and handling than dogs, and their evolutionary history as a prey species can also cause them to feel more vulnerable when restrained. And cats can easily reach around to grab, bite or scratch you.”

Top Toweling Tips

Before you try the technique, Dr. Lin offers a few tricks that you can do to make toweling easier:

Never rush or force your cat into a towel. She may scream or even urinate or defecate out of pure panic.

Position your cat on top of a towel that’s on a flat surface. Then open a can of food and place it on the towel, so that your cat has to lie or sit on the towel to eat her meal.

Loosely wrap the towel over your cat’s back while she eats. Gently pet her back and let her walk away when she’s done eating.

“If your cat is more motivated by toys, dangle a feather wand for her to swat while on the towel,” says Dr. Yin. “The goal is to have your cat develop a positive association with the towel. It’s also important for the owner to be calm and not feel rushed or frustrated, because the cat can read those emotions.”

There are several toweling-the-cat techniques, but one of the most effective and versatile options is known as the “scarf wrap.” It gives you access to your cat’s rear end, front legs and head — all while keeping her snug and calm.

Scarf Wrap Your Cat in 5 Steps

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Dr. Sophia Yin

Step 1 Start by placing your cat several inches from the front edge of the towel, about a foot in from one side.

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Dr. Sophia Yin

Step 2 Wrap the short side of the towel snugly around your cat’s neck, like a scarf.

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Dr. Sophia Yin

Step 3 Pull the short side of the towel over your cat, so that her entire body is covered, except for the face.

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Dr. Sophia Yin

Step 4 Pull the front edge of the towel forward, which will wrap under your cat’s neck.

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Dr. Sophia Yin

Step 5 Once the towel is wrapped all the way around, grab the other side and pull it over your cat, making sure that it’s snugly in place.

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Dr. Sophia Yin

Now that your cat is secured in the towel, you can give her medication or clip her nails by working on one leg at a time. When trimming nails, use your arm to gently hold the cat next to your body, and keep your hands away from her mouth to prevent bites.

For more tips on handling your dog or cat safely, check out Dr. Lin’s book, Low Stress: Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modifications of Dogs and Cats.

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Vetstreet.com's Insider Guide to Cat Shows

Just a couple weeks before the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club’s dog show comes the big cat show being staged in San Diego. As contributing editor for Vetstreet.com, Arden Moore of Four Legged Life chats with Joan Miller, a renown cat judge and breed expert who shares insights.

Here is a portion of that story posted today on Vetstreet.com:

Fascinated by felines but don’t know a Cornish Rex from a Sphynx? Wonder what a judge looks for when selecting best in show? Eager to witness the fast-growing sport of feline agility? Then it might be time to go to a cat show.

If you’re in the San Diego area, you can satisfy your curiosity about all things feline this weekend at one of the nation’s largest and oldest cat shows, the San Diego Cat Fanciers’ Food and Water Bowl XX, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. Scheduled two weeks before the Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, the Del Mar cat show will feature more than 450 felines representing 41 breeds in eight rings of competition.

So what really happens at a cat show? What’s the proper etiquette for feline fans? For answers to these questions and more, Vetstreet spoke with Joan Miller, vice president of Cat Fanciers Association and chairwoman of its outreach and education committee, who’s arguably one of the nation’s top cat experts.

Q: What are some dos and don’ts for spectators?

A. Joan Miller: Please do not disturb the judges when they are evaluating the cats. Look for our team of roving ambassadors wearing “Ask Me” buttons; they’re more than happy to answer your questions. Leave your own cats at home — the only cats allowed in the show hall are those who have been registered in advance.

Q: What’s the proper way to greet a cat? Will I get the chance to pet a show cat?

A. Joan Miller: The best way to greet a cat is to extend your index finger and let the cat first sniff it. Cats have scent glands on the sides of their mouths. If a cat rubs his face against your finger, it’s a sign that he likes you and is ready to meet you. Don’t stare directly into a cat’s eyes. Offer a couple soft blinks – it’s a way to say hello to a cat. At the show, we want people to get to know the various breeds. Go to the educational rings and look for the flags that read “Pet Me” at various cages. As long as the owners are there, they will take out their cats and give you the opportunity to pet them and ask questions about the breed.

To read the rest, please click here: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/vetstreets-insiders-guide-to-cat-shows

 

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Play It Safe – Enroll in Arden's Pet Safety, CPR and Wellness Class

Pet Tech's Thom Somes and family congratulate Arden Moore for becoming a certifed instructor.

If your cat started choking, would you know what to do? What if your dog severely cut his leg on a hike miles away from a veterinary clinic – how would you response? In a pet emergency, every minute counts. It is for that reason that I recently enrolled in the comprehensive Pet Tech training program to become a certified instructor to teach pet first aid, CPR, safety and wellness.

For me, it was the logical piece of the pet puzzle missing from my knowledge base. As editor of two magazines, host of a top pet radio show, author, media consultant and animal behavior specialists, I enjoy bringing harmony to households for both people and pets. But, now I can go a step further and really help people possibly skirt pet health problems and give them the hands-on training they need should their dog or cat stop breathing, choke, get wounded or other calamity.

Pet Tech’s founder is Thom Somes, best known as The Pet Safety Guy. He has dedicated his life to keeping dogs and cats healthy and safe. Why, Homeland Security honchos checked out various pet first aid programs and selected Pet Tech as the one they felt was best suited to train their dog handlers.

If you want real hands-on training using demo dogs and take home more than 50 actionable tips you can put into use right now to benefit your pet, give me a call. I am scheduling classes now. I offer two classes: a four-hour and an eight-hour (which can be divided into two sessions). All students will receive a training manual and certificates upon completion. We love our pets – heck we even spoil them with fancy outfits, healthy treats and other pet accessories. Here’s your opportunity to show your dog or cat how much you really love them by taking my class. And, we even offer a phone app you can download that contains vital pet care info you can access literally at the swipe of your finger!

Pet professionals — pet sitters, dog trainers, boarding operators, groomers and more — you will win more clients when they know you have been trained in pet first aid and safety. I know it gives me peace of mind any time Chipper and Cleo use any of these services.

For classes, fees and more details, please contact Arden

and visit Four Legged Life, Arden’s online pet community. I promise you will be “edu-tained” by my teaching style and feel more empowered to know what to do when your pet needs you the most. I also invite you to learn more about Pet Tech by clicking here. And, if you download the Pet Savers App off their site, plug in the code word: Arden. Thanks!

 

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Surviving a car accident with my dogs inside

Chipper and Cleo survived the collision - fortunately!

My dogs, Chipper and Cleo, love to ride in the back of my Saturn SUV for long road trips and even for short errands. I created a ‘canine condo’ in the back that includes a floor-to-ceiling metal gate to keep them from accessing the middle seats or worse – trying to grab my steering wheel. It comes with a pet first-aid kit, extra leashes, battery-operated fans, comfortable bedding and more canine amenities.

With them in the back, I am free from doggy distractions and able to focus on driving. Earlier this week, we were the third and final vehicle in line waiting for the light to change from red to green. I looked into my rearview mirror and spotted a white Toyota Tundra 4-by-4 truck barreling our way. Bam! This giant white truck collided into the rear of my SUV, propelling it forward. Fortunately, there was enough of a gap that I did not hit the vehicle in front of me.
My first thought: my dogs. As I opened my door, I fell onto the pavement, picked myself up and hurried to the passenger side to open the door leading into the middle row of seats. “Chipper! Cleo! Are you okay?” I cried out.

As I opened the door, I saw my two dogs shaking violently, cowering and lip licking. I then went to the back hatch that was miraculously able to open despite the more than $3,500 in damage done to the vehicle.
Chipper and Cleo know the “stay” command – which they heeded as I quickly put their leashes on them and assessed them. They were clearly scared, but uninjured. Whew. The gate kept them from propelling forward in my car and possibly, through the windshield.

I was not so lucky. A three-hour trip at urgent care revealed I had whiplash, soft tissue damage to my neck and shoulders, a swollen left shin – not to mention a rattled state of mind.

The driver of the truck and I were able to limp our vehicles a block away into the Oceanside High School parking lot to exchange information. As fate would have it, a police squad car was there. Naturally, the officer was a K-9 officer with his trained German shepherd, Ranger, in his squad car. Call it pet karma.

The driver of the truck readily took full responsibility and the reporting of the accident was handled in a civil manner. Chipper and Cleo were able to walk on leashes with no signs of injury for which I am grateful. Each sport collars with their names and my phone number embroidered on them – as well as microchips. My cell phone identifies three people on my “in case of emergency” list and all three know my pets, my veterinarian’s information and access to my house.

Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. But, I share this as a reminder of the importance of keeping our dogs as safe as possible when they ride with us in our vehicles. It saddens – and frustrates – me when I see little dogs riding on the laps of drivers with their heads and sometimes, front legs dangling out the car window. Or big dogs untethered in the back of truck beds. Or dogs racing back and forth in the middle seats with no harnesses or restraints.

Seriously, folks – show how much you really love your dogs – and cats and other traveling pets – by keeping them safe when you drive. Last year, I happily agreed to post a short safety video for the “Be Smart, Ride Safe” campaign being conducted by Bark Buckle Up and “Pet Safety Lady” Christina Selter.
She shares these facts:

  • A 60-pound pet becomes a 2,700 pound projectile, at just 35 miles per hour.
  • Pet travel has increased 300 percent since 2005.
  • Unrestrained pets delay emergency workers’ access to human occupants.
  • Pets escaping post-accident pose many dangers, including catching the loose pet.
  • Injured pets may bite first responders and rescue workers.
  • Pets may escape through a window or open door and cause a second accident.
  • Driver distraction is common when unrestrained pets are rambunctious.

Selter created the “Be Smart, Ride Safe” pledge, allowing pet-owners to commit to being safer with pets for the safety of the owner, the safety of pets and to protect first responders. I encourage you to get size-appropriate harnesses for pets who travel in the middle seats and to never allow your pet to ride in the front passenger seat due to driver distraction and the airbag deployment injuries.
I hope you check out the Bark Buckle Up site for more helpful info, including how to obtain a pet safety kit you can keep in your vehicle’s glove box.

Damage to my Saturn SUV is $3,500 and climbing.

As I type this, I am wearing a neck brace and taking medication to relive the pain in my neck and back muscles. And, I am delivering prayers of gratitude that Chipper and Cleo escaped physical harm and cuddled up next to me. Let’s be safe on the roads – for the sake of ourselves, others and our pets.

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