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What Is the Difference Between a Pet Seizure and Syncope?

Did you know there is a difference between a pet seizure and syncope? No pet owner wants to think of a pet suffering a collapse, but basic knowledge of the two terms will be helpful. Take a look at some information from PetMD—and consult your veterinarian if your pet has a seizure-like event.

Pet seizure
A pet suffering a seizure may fall on its side, salivate excessively, become stiff, chomp its jaw, or make paddling motions; see PetMD for other symptoms. Before a seizure, a pet may appear worried or frightened; after a seizure, a pet may be confused and disoriented. Pet seizures have several potential causes, including blood and organ issues, genetic abnormalities, tumors, toxin exposure, and trauma.

If you suspect your pet is having a seizure, take the following steps recommended by PetMD: Stay away from your pet’s mouth and head, and don’t attempt to hold him down; he may unintentionally bite. If possible, remove any nearby objects that could injure your pet. Keep track of when and how long the seizure lasts so that you can relay this information to the veterinarian. Seek medical attention immediately if the seizures occur in clusters or if the seizure lasts more than a few minutes.

A veterinarian will likely conduct a physical exam and recommend lab work; he or she may prescribe medication to control the seizures. Remember not to abruptly discontinue any epilepsy medication.

Pet syncope
Syncope is the clinical term for fainting. Typically, syncope causes only a temporary loss of consciousness, but it’s a good idea to consult your vet to determine any underlying conditions.

Syncope is commonly caused by a lack of nutrients and oxygen due to interrupted blood flow to the brain. Potential causes include excitement, emotional stress, low glucose, heart disease, or certain drugs. Again, a veterinarian’s diagnosis is important.

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July 15th Is National Pet Fire Safety Day

If you have a plan in place in case of a fire, give yourself a pat on the back—but make sure that plan includes your pet too! Today is National Pet Fire Safety Day, and it’s great time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your pet.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross and American Kennel Club.

  • Include your pet in your family plan.
  • When you practice your escape plan, include your pet.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your pet.
  • Never leave pets unattended around open flames.
  • Use flameless candles instead of ones lit with real flames.
  • Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before you leave.
  • Use pet notification clings noting the number of pets in the house.

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Playtime Pet-Themed Home Decor

Are you looking for pet-themed home decor that is as playful as your furry pal? The Playtime items have a cute, sweet style with adorable puppies and kittens toying with balls of yarn.

The semi-sheer tier window treatment set is embellished with ruffled accents, navy trim, paw prints, and saddle brown collar motifs. Set includes a swag valance and a tier pair.

The eco PVC foam comfort mat has a solid navy outer border and inner collar trim. The anti-fatigue floor mat has slip-resistant backing.

Click here to view and order the Playtime home decor shown below.

Playtime Pet-Themed Tier Window Treatment Set Playtime Pet-Themed Comfort Mat

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Fur-riendly Reminder: It’s National Pet Week!

Did you know that each dog has a unique nose print, with no two exactly alike? Did you know that a group of cats is called a clowder? And did you know that it’s National Pet Week?

Sponsored by the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Pet Week is May 6-14, 2018. The theme for 2018 is “Barks, Purrs, Tweets, and Neighs; Pets Speak Love Many Ways.”

This week is all about encouraging responsible pet ownership and increasing the public’s awareness of veterinary medicine. You can learn more about National Pet Week by clicking here.

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Exclusive Clearwater Reversible Striped Furniture Covers

It’s a month into spring! Is your pet caught up in the excitement of the switch to a new season? It’s almost as if he knows that soon you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors… but for now he’ll make do with romping around with total abandon and trying out each seat in the room. There’s no subduing that spring energy, so you might as well protect your furnishings from dirt and pet hair while you can.

The Clearwater Reversible Striped Furniture Covers are perfect for spring with their fun striped pattern and soft coastal colors. Display the multicolored side, with stripes in vanilla, ivory, spring green, glacier, jade, blue shadow, and light blue; or the reverse, with colors of blue shadow, steel blue, and light blue. Each brushed polyester microfiber furniture cover has channel quilting and is machine washable.

Several size options are available: recliner, loveseat, sofa, and grande sofa. All sizes except the recliner cover have straps with D-rings to help keep the cover in place. Each cover has a side pocket for remotes or reading materials.

The Clearwater Furniture Cover is a Touch of Class® exclusive design, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Click here for measurement information and to order this cover.

Clearwater Reversible Striped Furniture Covers
Clearwater Reversible Striped Furniture Covers

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Every Day Is Tag Day 2018

Here’s a pet “holiday” you might not know about: Every Day Is Tag Day! Celebrated on the first Saturday in April, this holiday is just a reminder to keep your pets safe by tagging and/or microchipping them.

Even if your pet has a tag, this is a great time to check that your pet’s identification information is correct and up to date. Remember that even indoor pets need ID tags!

Learn more about proper pet identification and microchips at the American Humane Association’s site.

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Bring on Spring! (While Keeping Your Pet Safe)

Spring is officially here! While those cooped-up days of cabin fever might be waning, it’s important to keep a few things in mind before you and your pet savor spring in all its glory. Here are a few springtime pet safety tips from PetMD and the ASPCA.

  1. Keep spring-cleaning chemicals out of pets’ reach. Follow all labels regarding use and ventilation, and don’t forget to store cleaning products properly.
  2. Before you fling open those windows to let the spring air waft into your home, be sure that your windows are snugly screened and that no screens are in need of repair.
  3. Inspect your dog’s leash and collar for tears.
  4. Make sure your pet’s ID information is up to date.
  5. Reintroduce more vigorous exercise slowly so that your pet can acclimate to it.
  6. Keep pets away from recently fertilized lawns and consider pet-safe alternatives. Likewise, keep lawn-care products out of pets’ reach.
  7. Check to see if your pet is up to date on its medications and preventatives.
  8. Keep those Easter staples out of pets’ reach (especially the ubiquitous Easter grass!). Chocolate and artificial sweeteners are harmful to pets; lilies are toxic to cats.
  9. Take your furry pal to the vet if he seems to be suffering from spring allergies.

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