Tags: dog first aid

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Bandaging a paw

Bandaging a leg is pretty easy, but bandaging a paw is a little more tricky.  Not only do you have a wriggly, dog in discomfort to deal with, but you also have the difficulty of holding the paw with one hand, bandaging with the other, tucking the edges in, keeping it on, making sure its not […]

medication

Storing Medication Safely – Rhodes 2 Safety

Today I received a message from one of our followers asking me to do a blog as a reminder about safely storing medication.  She wrote that “one of my clients this week had to take their puppy to the vets because she got hold of a packet of lbuprofen.  She spent the night at the […]

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Drooling – Rhodes 2 Safety

Causes of Excessive Dog Drooling As the owner of a very “drooly” dog, I can tell you for sure that ALL dogs drool (its just that some do it a hell of a lot more than others and some take it to a whole new level!)  Usually with the prospect of food, the flood gates open […]

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Bad Breath – Rhodes 2 Safety

There’s not much of a worse insult than the term “dog breath”, but your dog really shouldn’t have bad breath just because he’s a dog.  Bad breath may be a sign of many different problems from tooth decay, gum disease, an upset stomach or perhaps its just that he has consumed something far from palatable to humans […]

diarrhoea

Diarrhoea After Eating

Diarrhoea After Eating: Usually, when your dog gets an upset stomach or a “runny bum” it’s down to them eating something undesirable that they’ve managed to find on a walk, picking up a bug of some sort or it may be that they’ve eaten something new that doesn’t quite agree with them.  Often, when we try to change our […]

conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis can be caused by several different things including:- * allergies, * irritation (dust or smoke), * foreign bodies like grass seeds, * hairs or eyelashes facing the wrong way and poking inwards, * infections * poor tear production. Symptoms * most common symptom is redness of the eye, * may also be discharge weeping from the eye […]

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Stroke

When we refer to a Stroke in dogs, this is not actually the same as what we understand as a stroke in humans – its just a kind of shorthand that vets sometimes use to help us understand.  In actual fact, it is Vestibular Syndrome, which is caused by damage to the inner ear or […]

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Anal Glands

All dogs have anal glands.  They are scent glands under the skin on each side of the dog’s anal area (at about the 4 and 8 o’clock positions).  The openings to these glands lie inside the dog’s body, just inside the anus.  As the dog poos, these glands are squeezed and emptied by the pressure […]

water intoxication

Water Intoxication

I confess that until recently, Id only ever heard rumours about Water Intoxication but of late, and especially due to the hot weather, this is something that has come to my attention a couple of times (once in a really good, straight forward blog by JoAnna Lou of TheBark.com) so I thought it worth chatting about, […]

nasal discharge

Nasal Discharge or Sneezing

There are many different causes for nasal discharge or sneezing in our furry friends and it seems that longer-nosed dogs are more likely to suffer than their shorter-nosed counterparts. The more common ones would be foreign bodies, allergic reactions, kennel cough viruses, fungal infections and, sadly, nasal tumours.  Occasionally, severe dental infections can cause a nasal discharge […]

rat poison

Rat Poison

In my local area I have recently been made aware of at least 3 instances where dogs have ingested rat poison – sadly, one of those dogs didn’t make it. Since then, another of my friends has found rat poison dumped in the garden after their neighbours took exception to the dogs barking.  So, firstly, would you […]

heat-stroke

Heatstroke

In a nutshell, heatstroke occurs when a dog is subjected atmospherically to high temperatures so that might be where a dog cannot get out of the heat, for example if they are left in a car in warm weather – or perhaps if you have a “sun-worshiper” who just loves to be out baking his brain in […]

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Bleeding Tongue

Bleeding tongue: A dog’s tongue is important for many things including eating, cleaning themselves, lapping up water, bonding with the pack and showing submission.  Luckily, there aren’t many issues or illnesses that affect dogs’ tongues, however they are susceptible to injury perhaps during general investigation with their mouths by biting, chewing or picking up something which may be sharp […]