Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dog and Cat CPR: What To Do At Home - Please Share

Just wanted to share this with you. It's a very clear and concise video showing what cat and dog owners can do in an emergency situation should the need ever arise to perform CPR on their pet.

Please share this post as the video may help a pet owner who may not know what to do should the need arise.



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Friday, 21 October 2016

Lesser-Known Benefits Of Having Dogs In The Workplace...

I recently read an article about dog-friendly workplaces and the impact on employees. To be honest, I was expecting to read about dogs being 'therapeutic' and a loosely based 'bring your dog to work day' article but was surprised to find some really interesting and not obvious information.

The lesser known benefits of having a dog-friendly workplace included...
  • Pet-friendly workplaces were shown to have less absenteeism.
  • Employees were willing to work longer hours and do more overtime as they had a companion with them.
  • Dogs were shown to provide a 'social lubricant' in that employees who didn't normally interact suddenly felt a connection.
Aside from the more publicly acknowledged and perhaps obvious benefits, such as dogs being a good stress-reliever, it was good to read about tangible benefits of having dogs around in a workplace.

Interestingly too, the pet-friendly benefits were shown to be evident across different industries and of value from offices to manufacturing environments.

The study was first published in the International Journal Of Workplace Health Management in 2012 and has led to more businesses offering not only a pet-friendly environment but additional pet perks to their employees too.

To read an interesting article and gain further information on this fascinating study please click here



Saturday, 15 October 2016

Scratched Or Bitten By Your Cat? Five Valuable Tips...




Many cat owners may never have to deal with a scratch or bite but should it happen there are five tips below that may well come in handy.
  • If bitten by a cat you should try and flush out as much bacteria as you can as early as possible by pressing on the wound to cause bleeding.
  • The wound should then be washed with a mild soap and water. The wound can then be dried with a clean cloth or towel and if you have an antiseptic or over the counter antibiotic cream available it can now be applied and the wound is now ready to be covered with a sterile bandage.
  • Whilst the second tip above may seem like "common sense," what you may not know is that around 75% of cat bites will introduce staphylococcus, streptococcus or pasteurella bacteria into your body hence the advice above and the importance of it.
  • If the person bitten is immunocompromised, has diabetes or any signs of infection appear then a doctor should be seen preferably within eight hours. Signs of infection include any redness, swelling, increased pain or fever.
  • Most scratches may appear minor and basic hygiene methods as outlined above should be sufficient, but keep an eye on it for further infection. It should be noted that cat scratch disease, (CSD) or fever caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria can be transmitted by a cat bite, small scratch or even the saliva of a cat.
Hopefully you will never have to use the above tips but should you be unfortunate enough to suffer a cat bite or scratch, then the advice will go some way to ensuring that ensuring minimal infection occurs.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Why Do Some Dogs Howl Along To Music?

Does your dog ever howl along whilst you're listening to a piece of music?

This is a topic that has interested me for some time and I decided to do some research to try and get to the bottom of why some of our canine friends practise this unusual trait.

I noted that dogs tended to howl along to the more high-pitched tunes as well as other high-pitched sounds. This supported the general theory, that dogs associate these high-pitched sounds with 'the calling of the pack' and were simply satisfying a primeval urge to join in.

Tunes with higher pitched instruments such as, saxophones and clarinets tend to turn our more howl-along hounds into karaoke stars, whilst the lower pitched instruments such as bass guitar didn't seem to encourage them into joining in.

It appears that our canine friends aren't really using our favourite tunes as an excuse to show off their singing skills but are simply associating certain music, along with high-pitched sounds such as emergency service sirens and phone ringtones with the howling of another of their canine cousins and are just 'joining in'.

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