Would you know what to do in a pet emergency?

A few weeks ago my husband was working in his home office (also known as our living room) which overlooks our street. We live on a pretty quiet street. We're on a cul-de-sac with 11 houses total. 10 kids live on our street, and 5 dogs. A few of those dogs are well behaved and their owners allow them to go off-leash.

You all know we have our Matthew. Matthew is our 4 year old yellow Labrador. We NEVER let Matthew off-leash. NEVER. Sure he may dash out of an open door, but he immediately heads to our back lake, and I can easily get him back by holding up his ball.

So, back to my original story. James was in his office when he witnessed something that no pet owner ever wants to witness. Heck, I doubt any human being would ever want to witness it.

Our neighbor's dog was hit by a UPS truck.

Yes, she was off-leash. The UPS truck scares her, and normally she doesn't leave her grandma's side, but this day was different. In a blink of an eye, the sweet dog (y'all she truly is the sweetest dog ever) decided to run in front of the UPS truck. James saw the whole thing happen.

Poor puppy went down and James ran out the door. It was not a pretty site. Both her back legs were severely broken, and one of the legs was a compound fracture. Her grandma was in tears and James scooped the pup up, placed her on some blankets in the bed of his truck, grandma climbed in the bed with the pup, and she told James which vet to drive to.

They get to that vet office and they refuse to help. Grandma instructs James to another vet. That vet office also refuses to help. They finally end up at Tampa Bay Veterinary Emergency and at first that clinic refused to help too. James had to get pretty vocal, throw down the gauntlet and demanded that they at least get her stable. They agreed. This is where James left as the dog's owner had shown up. So on to the rest of the story....they stabilized her and then transferred her to another pet hospital. She ended up at Blue Pearl Emergency Vet on Busch Blvd. She ended up being in the hospital for nearly a week, and had to have multiple surgeries on her legs. Her one leg was actually scraped way down to the muscle. It was bad, folks. Real bad. Edited to add this comment made by my husband: Jen failed to mention the arterial bleeding. That was why we were in such a rush. There was about a gallon of blood in the bed of my pickup that I had to spray off with a hose once I got home. Blood was everywhere. 

After this accident happened it really got me thinking about my own dog. Would I know where to go if something like this happened to Matthew? It just so happened that I had a vet appointment for Matthew the next day for his rabies vaccine. So I asked them. They told me rather than driving around from vet office to vet office, if I needed emergency vet assistance I should immediately head to Blue Pearl.  I had never heard of Blue Pearl before this horrible accident but as long as I have a pet, they will be on speed-dial in my phone.

The sweet dog is home now and is expected to recover. We don't yet know if she'll have full use of her legs, but what I do know is that if my husband hadn't been home the ending to this story would have been very different. The pup's grandma told me that no other neighbor's were home that day and the dog weighed too much for her to pick up. And pup was bleeding so heavily she would have likely bled out before her owner could have made it to the house to take her to the vet.

A tragic story that taught us a lesson, and thankfully has a happy ending.

Do you know what to do in a pet emergency? 

Matthew the #bigyellowdog and Milk Bone Brushing Chews-Review and Giveaway

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I love my big yellow dog, Matthew and would do anything to keep him happy and healthy. As oral hygiene is important for you, research has shown that it is just as important for your dog. Now, there’s an effective, easy and affordable solution to cleaning your dog’s teeth daily too – Milk-Bone® Brushing Chews™!

Let's be honest here. Dog breath can be nasty. Really nasty. Tongue Out  I've tried countless products on Matthew from little drops that I put in his water, to other forms of dog chews. I've even attempted to brush his teeth. He thought that was super fun. Undecided

When I was contacted by Milk Bone about having Matthew try their new Milk Bone Brushing Chews, I immediately said YES. A dog treat and something that makes his breath smell good all in one, YES PLEASE!

As you can see, he was super excited to try them out!

 Information provided by Milk Bone:

  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM were developed to transform at-home dental care for dogs, so that now your dog to brush his own teeth every day – just like you!
  • *When fed daily, Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to be as effective as brushing your dog’s teeth twice per week based on the reduction of tartar build-up and bad breath
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  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are clinically proven to reduce tartar build-up, as well as freshen your dog’s breath, bringing you and your dog closer together
  • Milk-Bone® Brushing ChewsTM are so effective that they have earned the trusted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance, similar to the American Dental Association (ADA) seal seen on human dental products.


Matthew enjoyed the Milk Bone Brushing Chews. You can see him smiling Smile And they really did work!! His breath smelled better and when he had his Vet appt last week, the Vet even commented on how white and clean Matthew's teeth were. That makes this dog mama proud and happy!

Milk Bone would love to give one of my readers their own Milk Bone Brushing Chews gift pack, plus a gift card!

To enter, just leave me a comment telling me what breed of dog you have! I'll pick a winner on May 23rd.  Good luck!

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Get Rid Of Fleas & Ticks with PetArmor #TickFreeFall

As part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network I am being compensated by PetArmor, for my participating in this blog tour. All opinions expressed are my own, and all cute Matthew pictures are courtesy of me. You’re welcome!

Living in Florida we ALWAYS are outside. It's just too nice to not be enjoying our beautiful weather. Our dog, Matthew spends a lot of time outdoors too. Matthew loves to dig in the yard, climb our orange tree (yes, CLIMBS) and roll around in anything that smells dogalicious.

Here is a quick video of Matthew jumping in the neighbor's orange tree, where he thinks balls grows on trees. Tongue Out

I am a dog person. I always grew up with a dog, and up until I went away to college I had a Yellow Labrador Retriever.  Matthew reminds me an awful lot of that lab, Tigger who lived out the rest of her days very happy with my cousin, aunt and uncle.

Being a responsible pet owner means that I need to take Matthew to the Vet for regular check-ups, vaccinations, and of course, flea, and tick control.

We treat our lawn area for bugs, but we frequent the wooded trails quite often for hikes. I KNOW they have ticks there because I  have picked them off of MYSELF before. Undecided

Fleas and Ticks are dangerous to both pets and humans. Ticks carry deadly diseases such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Lucky for both me and my dog, PetArmor is an effective solution for flea and tick protection.

I like that PetArmor costs significantly less than many other brands, but still contains the same No. 1 vet-recommended active ingredient Fipronil found in Frontline brand products. PetArmor needs to applied once per month and it keeps your dog protected for a full 30 days!

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What type of flea/tick prevention do you use for your pet??