Advice & Tips

Canine Quiz – Q1

This week is Quiz Week – I did this a few months ago and it went down very well so thought we’d have another go at it this week. Ill pop a question each day for you to think about and the following day will put up the appropriate answers. Today’s Rhodes 2 Safety Q1 […]

Pulse Rates

Pulse Rates – Whenever your dog is sick, we always suggest that you take his pulse to get an idea of how sick he really may be. There are 2 things about this that are worth mentioning: Firstly, do you know WHERE to find your dog’s pulse? The easiest place is directly over the heart, […]

Bloat aka Torsion/GDV

BLOAT  – Also known as Torsion or GDV – A condition most frequent in, but not restricted to, large and giant breeds.  The stomach fills with gas and rather than expelling it as normal, the gut twists and flips over on itself cutting off the blood supply and results in the tissue dying, often with fatal […]

Meningitis

Meningitis In Dogs Today’s blog comes out of a situation experienced by a good friend of mine and her dog over the past six months.  I say six months because this is how long it has taken for a fair few very experienced veterinary professionals to finally get to the bottom of this problem and […]

Enlarged Prostate

  An enlarged prostate is something that usually occurs in middle to older aged male dogs.  An enlarged prostate is the result of altered hormone levels and has many of the same symptoms as urinary obstruction due to blockages such as stones etc. An internal examination by your vet will usually diagnose an enlarged prostate […]

Urinary Obstruction

  Urinary obstruction is an emergency situation requiring prompt veterinary care so it is important to ensure that you are able to spot the signs.  It is seen most often in male dogs, when a small, urinary stone has become lodged in the urethra. The signs to look out for are:- * Agitation * Abdominal pain * […]

Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough is a highly infectious disease.  It is caused by a mixture of bacteria/viruses all at the same time. It can be picked up from anywhere dogs congretate such as dog shows, training classes, grooming parlours and even vet surgeries and not merely in boarding/rescue kennels as the name would imply.  The disease is transmitted […]

First Aid Kits

List of essential items to include in First Aid Kits for dogs, & the uses of each item.  Essential Items   Use of the item  Bandage (small)  * To hold a gauze and/or sterile dressing in place while covering a small injury.  The bandage should be applied and secured with tape*  A small bandage can also be […]

Treatment for wounds and bleeding

Treatment for wounds and bleeding – before you treat any type of bleed/wound, you should always go through the SEEP checklist, to ensure you take all the right steps in the correct order.  Treating a bleed relies heavily on things like the application of pressure, and the positioning of the animal’s injured limb as bleeding […]

Wounds & Bleeding

Recognising different categories of wounds and bleeding . . Although its not at all important for the average dog owner to know the medical terminology for the various categories of wounds and bleeds, knowing how to differentiate between the the different types of wounds will help you decide how best to dress/treat a wound.  For instance with […]

Artificial Respiration

If the dog is NOT breathing but DOES have a pulse, you need to perform artificial respiration.  Artificial respiration is NOT the same as CPR (CPR is compressions on the heart AND breaths), artificial respiration is just breathing for a dog who still has a heartbeat as follows: 1)       Lay the dog on his right side with […]

Canine Tip of the Day: CPR

C = Cardio (heart) P = Pulmonary (breathing/lungs) R = Resuscitation (the act of beating the heart and breathing for a third party to revive them)  .  . CPR is ONLY performed when the animal is neither breathing nor has a heart beat.  . If he DOES have a heart beat but is NOT breathing, perform Artificial Respiration […]

Cold Weather Warnings

Cold Weather Warnings – I’ve been asked today to put a few tips together regarding the cold weather and dangers this presents so here’s a few thoughts on the subject: Grit/Salt on the roads When its icy and snowy the ground becomes very dangerous and to combat that our local councils tend to scatter grit/salt […]

Canine Acne

Canine Acne you say??  Really?? Yes, dogs do get “zits”!!!!! – This condition causes abnormalities in the hair follicles especially around the chin and muzzle.  Larger, short coated breeds are affected most often eg Great Dane, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boxer, Doberman, Rottweiler etc.  Acne is seen first in young adult animals. (BOTH my Ridgebacks suffered mildly […]

Demodectic Mange

Demodectic Mange is caused by the Demodex Mite that ALL dogs have and lives in the hair follicles in the skin.  These mites are transferred to them as puppies from their mother when suckling.  Usually, because their numbers are small, they cause no problems but in some cases (possibly when associated with a hereditary or immune problem) […]

Nosebleeds – Rhodes 2 Safety

Nosebleeds   When dogs have nosebleeds, they usually occur as a result of trauma while running/playing or can sometimes happen after violent sneezing or even if they have got something lodged up a nostril. Dogs can have nose bleeds just like we do. The best action is to try to keep the dog as quiet as possible […]

Mange

Sarcoptic Mange (Scabies) As per a request, today’s and tomorrow’s info is about mange (and can I just say that typing this for you all is making me itch like a good ‘un!!!) Sarcoptic mange (scabies) is caused by a tiny, microscopic mite, which lives permanently within the top layers of the skin. * It causes […]

Spinal Trauma Patient

Moving a Canine spinal trauma patient . . A spinal injury can occur in all sorts of ways from a very unfortunate accident during normal play, to an awkward fall or perhaps a road traffic accident.  Although he may have a loss of sensation, it is to be expected that most dogs who have experienced spinal […]

Arthritis

Arthritis We use the term a lot, but what exactly is arthritis? Well the first thing to say is that it is not a single disease – it is a term that covers over 100 medical conditions.  If you have trouble moving around or feel pain and stiffness in your body, you could have arthritis and the […]

Canine tip of the day – Choking

Choking & the Heimlich procedure If your dog is choking, first try to see if you can sweep the mouth (without getting bitten!) and remove the object. If you can see the object, please try to put two fingers over the hump at the back of the tongue and “sweep” round and forward to get […]