Emergencies! Be quick, don’t waste time!

If a pet is injured or suddenly developed an acute, life threatening disease, she needs prompt emergency care as a little negligence can be a great threat to the pet’s life. It is strongly advisable to take them to the intensive care unit where they will be attended to without delay.

Common emergencies in pets that require critical/intensive care

  • Cardio-pulmonary shock
  • Congestive heart/failure attack
  • Septicaemic (heavy bacterial infection) shock
  • Heat stroke
  • Bloat
  • Accidental injuries
  • Poisonings
  • Pancreatitis attack
  • Epileptic attack (status epilepticus)
  • Severe vomiting and loose motions
  • Chemotherapies
  • Dystocia/assisted deliveries (whelping)
  • Epistaxis
  • Electrocution
  • Neonatal care (for puppies suffering from fading puppy syndrome)

Tips to follow at home in case of emergency

Airway: Check if the airway is clear of any debris and pull the tongue out. Breathing: Check if the dog is breathing or not; if not, then give artificial respiration by blowing air into the nose till the chest starts expanding. Circulation: Check whether the heart is beating or not or is a pulse present. If not, then give a cardiac massage by keeping one palm over the other behind the left elbow over the rib cage area and press it downward and forward at least 100 times/minute till you feel the heart beating again.

Facilities offered at intensive care units

To ensure that your pet gains his precious health back, the facilities offered at intensive care units include: 1. A multi parameter patient monitor which will monitor all seven parameters:

  • Continuous ECG monitoring
  • Continuous blood pressure monitoring
  • Continuous heart rate monitoring
  • Checking of respiratory rate on regular intervals
  • Temperature monitoring
  • SpO2 level monitoring

2. Cardio pulmonary resuscitation using normal and advance life support systems.

3. Special facility to manage heat stroke patients.

4. Assisted deliveries for female pets to ensure timely action and proactive care for both the delivering pet as well as the little ones when they arrive.

5. Special antidotes if the pet is poisoned due to any reason. Such pets must immediately be rushed to the CCU for special care and relief.

6. Chemotherapy for cancer patients.

(Dr Anand’s Pets Clinic’s Critical Care Unit for pets in Vikas Puri, New Delhi is functional 24×7.
Call at 24 hours helpline number: 8826560684.)

Strengthening this bond of love… with your time

Facebook, Twitter, screen awards, advertisements… our pooches are everywhere. The Editorialrecently concluded Golden Collar Awards came as a pleasant surprise – our pooches really deserve to be awarded for their hard work. Whether they are on or off screen, they are true companions… truly a delight for all. Their unconditional love, loyalty, friendship is unmatched… sprinkling magic in every moment. Pooches have thousand different ways to show they care for us – we have few… let’s use them for strengthening this bond of love.

Take care of your pet… his diet, exercise, grooming and of course his health. Oral hygiene is an integral part of his health and make sure your pet is free from dental problems. Brush his teeth regularly and consult your vet if you notice any early symptoms like bad breath, tartar, etc. You are responsible for his hygiene and a little awareness can go a long way ensuring that your pooch leads a happy and healthy life.

Make today special – Go to parks, holidays together, join agility clubs, join pet camps – make it special for both. Visit a dog salon, look at the wide range of grooming services available (I bet you will be surprised there are so many innovative services available), choose the one which suits your dog’s condition… let him indulge in the exhilarating experience, while you sit and relax and watch him enjoying! To make it easier for you, we have listed a few grooming options in this issue, which are sure to tantalize your pooch’s senses.

The idea is to let them know how much we care for them, how much we love them and how important they are for our life – specially by spending quality time with them.

Sparkle wishes you happy sunny days ahead – do take care of all your happy stray friends who just need compassion care from your end.

Do participate on- and win gifts for your beloved friends.

Happy reading!


Woof! It’s pawrty time

Our beloved pets love to pawrty. Here are tail-wagging tips to organise pooch pawrties

Johnny blew out the candle and cut the cake, with his mommy holding his tiny paws. It’s Johnny’s birthday party and he is celebrating with his near and dear ones. Pet parties are becoming quite common these days. We all want our pooch to have a blast on his special day.

Why not throw a party to celebrate his achievements and share his happiness? Here are few tips to help you get the pawrty started.

Create customised canine cards

Invite the guests with uniquely designed invitation cards matching the theme of the event and that too designed by you. Paste a picture of your pooch on a colorful construction paper and write down his personal message for his barking buddies. It might take some time and effort to design the cards, but it is worth the effort considering the amount of fun you can have doing this.

Else, you can just paste a digital photo of your pet on a word processor and type out his message under this. Print multiple copies of this document and voila, your invitation cards are ready. To give it a canine touch, you can even paste some doggy designs like paw prints on this card. Just get wacky and use your creativity while designing your cards.

Decorate to dazzle doggies

Add funk and spirit to the party by decorating the party space. Add doggie touch to the ambience by using paw printed fabrics or fabrics with Dalmatian dots for screens and table cloths. You can design such fabrics yourself by painting paws or simple dots on plain fabrics using fabric paints. Hang dog paintings or pictures on the wall. Cut out a bone shaped cardboard piece and tie it to the dining chairs.

If you have an open space with a garden and hopefully a pool to add, your furry friends’ delight will be pawfect. Your furry guests will have a whole zipping across the garden and swimming in the pool. Just keep an eagle’s eye on all.

Get drool-worthy dogilicious delights

A pooch party would be incomplete without yummy food for the doggie guests (and the two-legged guests) to gorge on. Make sure you buy and keep stock of mouth-watering doggie food and treats (and some good food for the pet parents as well). Pet shops are offering wide variety of nutritious and delicious dog food these days including treats for special occasions like cakes and muffins for our furry members. You can also prepare some goodies at home by referring to doggie recipe books.

Yap! Yap! Let’s play & hop

No doubt your pooch will have an amazing time playing and mingling with other dogs during the party, you can make the party a lot more fun and entertaining for both pets and pet parents, by organizing some games and activities. Here are some amusing activities and games that can be played during the party:

  • Treat hunt: Hide dog treats and let the dogs hunt for the treats. The dog who sniffs out maximum number of treats wins the game. Keep a time limit and hit the buzzer when the time is up. You will need some volunteers to keep an eye on each dog and decide upon the winner of this game.
  • Toy collector: This is a team game with each team composed of the pet and pet parent. Each team would be given a bucket and some dog toys scattered on the floor. The pet parents have to get their pets to fetch the toys one by one, which they can drop in the bucket. The team that collects maximum number of toys in the bucket in a given time wins the game.
  • I say! You do!: This game tests how well the dog understands his pet parent and how well-trained the dog is. Create teams of pets and their parents. Each pet parent has to get the pet to perform simple actions like ‘Standing’, ‘Sitting’, ‘Fetching the ball’, ‘Rolling on the ground’ etc. The dog who performs most of these actions correctly will be considered the winner.
  • Fetching fido: This game can be played with a ball or a frisbee. The pet parents will throw a ball and ask their pets to fetch the ball. The pooch who fetches and hands over the ball to its owner first wins the game.
  • Mutt ‘n’ music: This game is like musical chair. The pet parents walk their dogs while the music is playing and get the dogs to sit when the music stops. The dog who sits the last gets eliminated. The process continues until there is only one team left that wins the game.

Bow wow!! Gifts I love

End the event by distributing awards to the four-legged guests. You can give awards like ‘The Prettiest Pooch’, ‘The Friendliest Dog’ and ‘The Most Mischievous Mutt’. Also announce the winners of the games and reward them with some gifts. You can also give small return gifts to all the four-legged guests for making the event a rocking one. Gifts can be anything like dog toys, dog treats, collar, leash, feeding bowl, dog bed, grooming products like doggie shampoo or pet shop gift coupons.

Use these ideas and come up with your own creative ideas to throw an awesome party for your pooch. You will be gifted in return with his priceless Bow Wows and loving licks.

Paws for thought It’s tough-when it’s time to go…

Bruno, a 14-year-old Golden Retriever, was not fine and his pet parent called me for a home visit. Bruno was


Dr. Pradeep Sheoran

suffering from chronic renal failure, I patted his head and he made a brave effort to wag his tail. Bruno’s sufferings were unbearable. His pet parent couldn’t see his miserable condition. She patted his head and started crying. It was a tough time for me as well because I was emotionally attached to Bruno, we lost Bruno. I came back to my clinic with a heavy heart. After a few days, she called me again. When I reached there, I found someone barking at me. “Oh! That’s a really sweet Golden Retriever puppy. What’s his name?” I exclaimed. “Bruno-2” came the quick reply and then I realised life moves on and when it’s time to say Goodbye, one should let go.

Dr. Pradeep Sheoran, a pet practitioner based in Chandigarh

Woof! Woof! It’s feast time

Ymm! Ymm! Yummy… let’s satiate our pooches taste buds with delectable delicacies. The crunchy treats, hot ‘n’ spicy chicken, mouthwatering recipes…all will definitely leave your pooch asking for more. So unfold your apron and dust your cooking cap, barge into the kitchen and… our smart readers know it all. Yes! Let’s be a pooch-chef.

Yumm Treats
1 cup oats
1 cup wheat flour
2 whole eggs
1/4th kg liver
1 flat teaspoon baking soda
What’s cookin’
Mix all the above ingredients in a blender until mixture. Press it flat into a greased square pan. Bake at 325 degrees F/160 degree Celsius, until ready and
then cut into your treat sizes.

HOMECARE Chicken & Rice Delight
Bone-less chicken
Cooked brown rice
1-cup oats
French beans
What’s cookin’
Boil chicken, oats and French beans, and mix them well with rice. Serve it hot to your pooch’s delight.
HOMECARE Dog Food provides specially-formulated, nutrient-enriched fresh pet food in Mumbai. An idea conceptualized by two brothers Kashiff and Wasiff Khan. Started in 2003, these Dabbas delight a lot of pooches. To pamper and treat your doggie, call 919820803330.

If you have an exclusive pet food recipe, then  pick up pen ‘n’ paper and send in your recipe to us and win exciting prizes at: Dogs and Pups, 406 Sant Nagar, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 65, or e-mail at