Health & Safety

McBaine_SnowWhile most of our dogs seem to enjoy a romp in the snow, it is important that we know how to keep them safe and without injury in this cold weather.

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine student Destiny Coleman V’15 shares a great article on winter hazards.

Download article HERE.

A Penny For Your Thoughts

PennyXray While there are many items, such as chocolate, that are well-known to be toxic to a dog, there are many other items that can be equally, if not more dangerous for your canine companion.

Read this interesting article by Dr. Cindy Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, on the dangers of the common coin.

Download article HERE.

antifreezeSometimes the greatest hazards to our dog come from common household items. Antifreeze (Ethylene Glycol) is highly toxic and can be fatal.

Dr. Cindy Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and Associate Professor of Critical Care, has provided a thorough summary of the hazards and treatments for Antifreeze exposure.

Download document HERE.

AKC Reunite (formerly AKC CAR)

AKC Reunite LogoAKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet recovery service, formerly known as AKC Companion Animal Recovery, revealed its new name, logo and website. Pet owners will instantly connect with the new name – AKC Reunite – and recognize AKC Reunite as the trusted service that can help keep them with their pets when the unthinkable happens.
“More and more of our customers already know the importance of pet recovery from a trusted source,” said AKC Reunite CEO Tom Sharp. “Our new engaging name, logo and tagline – AKC Reunite – The way home for lost pets – easily identifies for the consumer the concept and value of pet recovery in case their pets are lost or stolen. AKC Reunite has created more than 400,000 happy reunions and with this change we expect to do more as pet owners choose pet recovery as a way to protect their valued family members.”

AKC Reunite has been the proud sponsor of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s AKC Reunite Detection Dog DNA Bank.

Reunite also offers free microchip registration for any certified working dog. Download form HERE.

Visit AKC Reunite’s new website HERE.

helicopterThe University of Pennsylvania Matthew J Ryan Veterinary Hospital offers a unique service to working dogs in the surrounding area. They have the ability to receive K9 patients by helicopter and provide transport directly to the hospital for emergency care.

Review the transportation protocol and help your department/organization be better prepared for veterinary emergencies.

Download Working K9 Helicopter Transportation Protocol HERE.

All Hazard Preparedness

cfsph-logoThe Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State has provided a comprehensive website for rural disaster preparedness.

Cancer Trial Database

This site is sponsored by the Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) and was originally created by the Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG).  VCOG promotes collaborative investigations through the establishment of common goals and endpoints for the purpose of benefiting both animals and people affected by cancer.

This site was designed for use by everyone who participates in the treatment of pet animals with cancer, including pet owners, general practice veterinarians, and oncologists and other specialty veterinarians. Information is provided to inform both private practice and academic veterinarians, and to promote accrual for the timely completion of clinical trials while providing state-of-the-art treatment options for pets with cancer.

Visit the site to find cancer trails

Part of being prepared to care for your canine in a medical emergency is having access to a useful tool able to provide vital sign references and canine specific drug doses. Each of the cards provided below are designed to be completed, printed, and stored in an easily accessible place (your first aid kit).

INDIVIDUAL – For the individual handler or medical personel who wants information for a specific canine.

GENERIC- For the medical personel who wants information for general canine care and needs access to a variety of ranges.

Visit News & Events and our Facebook page to find Working Canine First Aid Class opportunities.

*A special thanks to Craig Veldheer for initiating the creation of these tools

Beat the Heat

Dr. Otto has put together an article providing the advantages and disadvantages of cooling techniques to help handlers best prevent heat stress in their working dogs.

Download Article

AKC Reunite LogoAKC CAR offers working dogs FREE enrollment in their microchip registry.

Complete the registration form and send it in via fax, mail or email with the necessary paperwork.
Contact: Lisa Neely Davis-Operations Administrator, P: 919-816-3524  F:919-816-3828

Download Enrollment Form

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