Awesome App Alert: Pet First Aid

You’re on a walk with your dog. He looks tired. You don’t know if he’s just tired from the walk or if he’s showing early signs of hyperthermia. What do you look for?

Unless you have a lot of experience with dogs or happen to have an emergency medicine textbook on you, you might not know. But thanks to increasingly cooler and better apps, you can get some immediate reassurance from your smartphone.

The latest must-have app for dog and cat owners just came out, and at $ 0.99 there’s no reason not to download it right now. The Pet First Aid app from the American Red Cross was developed in conjunction with the vets at Penn, and offers concise, easy to navigate info that you can access in seconds. It’s worth the price just for the 18 second CPR videos covering three sizes of dog and a separate one for cats. (There have been some awful CPR videos out there on YouTube, just sayin’.)


I just bought it and put it on all the smart apps in the house. The pictures (dog with bee sting!) and videos (bulldog in respiratory distress!) are ones you can use to educate yourself, or for the vets out there serves as a quick and easy resource to show clients in the exam room. And it has quizzes (thank goodness I passed all the ones I took, that would have been embarrassing.)

Click here to view the embedded video.

Thanks Red Cross for another great- and affordable- resource!

Pet First Aid at itunes

Pet First Aid at Google Play

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Lucy, the World’s Smallest Working Dog, Is a Rescue Sucess

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So after the bummer news on Thursday, we all kind of sat around in shock. Then the Dogster team decided, "Aw fluff it, let's go get lunch." So we did. After lunch, we had a group hug. And me, being the shortest of the group, got everyone's armpit in my face. Fortunately, everyone had remembered to wear deodorant. (Yours truly, however ... )

You might call me the "smallest employee of Dogster," and then Lucy the Yorkie and I would have something in common. Lucy is the Guinness World Record holder of Smallest Working Dog. The pint-size rescue is a certified therapy animal, AKC Good Canine Citizen, and certified caring hospice volunteer.

But Lucy's story almost didn't have such a happy ending! Lucy was one of a few dogs her former owner was trying desperately to rehome, going so far as taking the dogs door to door to see if anyone would adopt them. She walked into the shop in which the person who would become her new owner, Sally, was working; however, Lucy was hidden in a carrier. Sally asked to see Lucy, and the woman resisted -- Lucy was tiny and sickly with dirty, matted fur. But once Sally saw the pup, that was that. She took the dog, unsure of what would happen next except that she'd just made a promise. Fortunately, it all worked out well, and after some grooming and a trip to the vet, the little dog perked right up, and now gives back to her community.

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It's official!

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Go, Lucy, go!

Even though she is tiny, Lucy brings tremendous joy to the people and patients she works with, performing agility tricks that, at least for a little while, distract people from whatever might be ailing them. And for people like me, she's an inspiration, a reminder that even the smallest among us can do great, great things.

And anyway! There are benefits to being petite, such as:

Buying clothes out of the kids' section

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Okay, sometimes the styles are a little childish, but hey! They're almost always cheaper!

Sleeping in just about any space

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And that includes plane seats!

Fitting inside of other people's coats

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It's cuddly warm in there!

No sun puddle is too small

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Yay! Sunshine!

Looking skinny when compared to everyone else

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And when you lose just, like, a pound, you look great!

All photos via Lucy's Facebook page -- go check it out and tell her that Dogster sent you!

Check out these adorable stories on Dogster:

About Liz Acosta: Dogster's former Cuteness Correspondent, Liz still manages the site's daily "Awws," only now she also wrangles Dogster's social media. That's why she wants you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and -- her personal favorite -- Instagram. See ya there!

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Team seeks source of body, head lice pathology

Team seeks source of body, head lice pathology
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Mom totes knife to school after lice call
JEFFERSON — A Kingsville Elementary School parent was arrested Wednesday afternoon after allegedly bringing a knife on school property when she came to pick up her child because she had head lice. Dora L. Hannold, 46, of 3947 Gore Road, Conneaut 
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Love—it’s what makes a Subaru–and a very effective ad campaign for dog lovers

Three years ago Subaru began their Love campaign. By tapping into the power of love, they have doubled market share and exceeded eleven other car makers on a list of best selling cars. Instead of showing sexy men and women driving cars like maniacs, [Professional drivers on closed course. Do not attempt] Subaru has tapped into the strongest human emotion by showing family vignettes — a father imagining his teenage daughter in the driver’s seat…
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Fidji, the Groendale

This beautiful Groendale (Belgian Shepherd Dog) is another I met in the veterinary surgery the other day.  She’s called Fidji and is 3 years old. She lives in Cap d’Ail.  I love the beautiful sensitive faces of this breed.

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Big Lice says 'No Motion No Calypso'

head lice memo

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inside joke for anyone following the OLRB hearings this week

Big Lice says 'No Motion No Calypso'
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – DESPITE declaring that he would not be competing in this year's Senior Calypso Monarch Competition, Duncan 'Big Lice' Wattley is expected to release a song that explains the reasons for his non-participation. The calypsonian of 

Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Providing education district's main goal
The CDC's website says: "Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. … Head lice can be a nuisance
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Wow. There was a lot of great information in this …

Wow. There was a lot of great information in this post. Some dogs really do get a bad rap, every pit or rot I've ever met was just the sweetest dog. In fact, when I got bitten, it was by a golden retriever, which I always thought was considered a gentler breed. Thankfully, Darryl Isaacs ( helped me with my recovery. But that's beside the point, thank you for the post, it was most enjoyable.

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Dangers the Elements and Chemicals Pose to Our Pets

Many dogs love to play in the snow… some prefer not, but they still must go outside.  And whether you have a fenced-in yard or your dog goes for walks, there are some dangers you should be aware of and precautions a pet parent should take.
Below I list the most common threats:

Rock Salt and Ice Melts - I highly recommend those precious paws be protected!!! 


See my blog post about dogs and cats — yes, kitties, too, wearing booties   : )

The chemicals can burn and irritate paws and skin, cause stomach and intestinal upset, if ingested, and burns to the tongue and mouth on contact, from licking their feet and body.

Avoid walking in salted areas, and wash your pet’s feet thoroughly when home.  Check in between each toe!!! I do this for my furry friends after every walk regardless if it’s snowing. : )   There are products such as gels and ointments to apply which are intended to protect the paws; however, most times they actually trap the small particles, become quite challenging to clean, and may cause more harm than help.

AntifreezeEthylene glycol, a very sweet-tasting and extremely toxic chemical, is the main ingredient in most antifreeze products.  If ingested, very rapidly, damage to the nervous system and kidneys may occur, if immediate medical intervention is not obtained.

Some companies have changed their formula as a result of a 12-year old boy petitioning via Change.Org for a bitter-tasting and smelling ingredient to be added to deter pets and children.

Frostbite - See my blog post which included an article about frostbite, written by Dr. Ernie Ward:

Grooming and nail trimming is essential during the wintertime, as any excessively long hair will allow for snow to accumulate on your baby’s fur, especially on their tail, belly, and in between their toes!  If their nails are long, it will cause their toes to spread while walking, allowing a greater chance for snow and ice to accumulate.

Snowbanks and drifts - The snow acts as a stepladder right over the fence for your doggie! See photo above - Photo Credit:  Dr. Garret Pachtinger

Ice - Obvious risk of slip-and-fall injury to you and your pet.   When possible, walk in well-lit areas and avoid wet spots, which may actually be frozen.

Loss of Scent Trail - Please be sure your beloved pet has current ID tags and a microchip with current contact information and photo on file!!!  Many dogs cannot find their way home after it’s snowed due to the inability to pick up and follow familiar scents!

My previous blog on Microchips:…

Be safe and have fun out there… and remember:   AVOID YELLOW SNOW!   : )

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!


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1303 mmmf Deer Tick [hr]-23

Check out these Tick images:

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Deer Tick performing at McDowell Mountain Music Fetival in March 2013. Photo by Devon Christopher Adams

Ovipositing American dog tick

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Ovipositing American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, with unengorged female (upper) and male (lower) specimens, collected from American black bear, Ursus americanus, in Warren County, New Jersey, June 2013. Photo by James L. Occi.

Crab or Tick?

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I found is at the Tsukiji Market the other day. It’s pretty big!! And looks like a tick. Do you really eat this thing? I’m a regular at the market but never seen anything that’s as crazy as this.

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Abandoned teacup Chihuahua is stealing hearts in Sacramento

We’ll probably never know how an 8 ounce 3 week old Chihuahua puppy turned up on a sidewalk in Sacramento. Her eyes weren’t open and she couldn’t walk so the Sacramento SPCA foster care coordinator, Sarah Varanini, took her in. This involved bottle feeding her every 3 or 4 hours round the clock for a few weeks. Then Varanini discovered that the puppy they named Nellie had some pretty expensive tastes. She loved meat flavored…
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