No Magic Wand? Real Life Pet First-Aid

A dog with a bandage on his wrist.

There are few things worse than a pet emergency. The animal is scared, in pain, and defensive, and if you’re neither calm nor prepared, the situation can go from zero to sixty in a hot second. Without a doubt, having the right tools can make all the difference (it also helps to know how and when to use them). Putting together a usable pet first-aid kit is easy, relatively inexpensive, and part of responsible pet ownership.


What is a Reverse Sneeze, and Can it Hurt My Pet?

Reverse sneeze in dogs.

If you’ve been a dog owner for some time, particularly if you’ve had dogs with short snouts, such as Pugs or Boxers, chances are you’ve witnessed a reverse sneeze—a phenomenon fairly common in dogs but rarely seen in cats. These sudden, spasm-like outbursts consist of rapid inhalations through the nose followed by forceful honking sounds. It can be quite unsettling the first time a pet does this, but most of the time, it’s nothing to be concerned about.