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Lameness – Rhodes 2 Safety

Lameness Lameness is usually caused by pain but non-painful lameness may also occur. Two examples of non-painful lamenesses are “mechanical lameness” where limb movement is restricted but pain-free, and neurological lameness which usually means paralaysis of a limb or part of a limb. Apart from non-painful lameness, anything which hurts the dog will cause it […]

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Giving Liquid Medication

Liquid Medication – Some dogs, no matter how hard you try, just refuse to take their medication in tablet form.  If this is the case, you may be able to crush up the pill, mix it with sugar water and syringe it sideways into the mouth.  Melted icecream and sugar water to help raise blood […]

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Giving a Tablet

GIVING A TABLET: Dogs are not keen on taking their medication and can be very good at hiding pills in their mouths and spitting them out when you are not looking.  Rather than calling a dog to you for his medication, have it ready and wait for him to come of his own accord.  You […]

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Urinary Obstruction

Symptoms of urinary obstruction – this is an emergency situation and should you feel that your dog is experiencing any/some of the following symptoms, please do not hesitate to ring your emergency vet and tell him you are on your way.  The symptoms we would associate with POSSIBLE urinary obstruction are:- * Abdominal pain, agitation […]

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Urinary Observations

Important urine observations to help the vet * Is the urine being passed more or less frequently than normal? * Is the amount normal, incereased or reduced? * Does the dog strain to pass urine? * Does the dog cry/whimper when passing urine? * Is a steady stream of urine produced? * Is there any […]

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Collecting a Urine Sample

MEASURING WATER INTAKE/URINE OUTPUT Obviously, the first thing to do is collect a urine sample.  Measurement of both of these provides very useful information for the vet when urinary symptom problems are suspected.  To measure water intake, you must ensure that there is only one source of water available, to which your dog has CONSTANT […]

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Tumours, Lumps & Bumps

Tumours, Lumps & Bumps – When you notice a lump on your dog, it’s very scary.  You instantly start thinking the worst as to what it could be, how long has it been there and whether you should have noticed it sooner.  The important thing is that now you HAVE noticed it, you need to keep […]

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

 Rhodes 2 Safety would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Safe and Happy New Year for 2013. All our love from Axl and the whole R2S Team. xxx