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How To Cater For Your Pet's First-Aid Needs

With a few simple additions, your basic med kit can cover your pet friends as well. Dr Chris shows you what you need...

"Most homes have a basic human first aid kit, but with a few simple modifications, this could become your best mate's, best friend.

Two must haves for your med kit are a torch and a pair of pliers. A torch is very handy for seeing anything that might be stuck in the back of their throat, while the pliers are extremely useful at removing them.

Tweezers, or splinter probes are great for removing thorns or bits of glass stuck in paw pads.

Disposable gloves are a must, especially if there's blood or even more unpleasant fluids.

Bandages are great for cuts and abrasions.

And remember, human antiseptics and painkillers are toxic to pets.

Of course a trip to the vet is always the safest way to ensure your pet stays happy and healthy. Isn't that right Codes?"

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.