Tags: Canine First Aid

Coat Contamination – Rhodes 2 Safety

Coat contamination with whatever chemical or substance should always be taken very seriously.  Any product on the coat can easily work its way onto the skin and then absorb through the layers of the dermis and into the blood stream.  If this happens, there is the potential for your dog to be poisoned.  This is […]

Constipation – Rhodes 2 Safety

  Constipation and straining can have many different causes but some of the more usual reasons for it are:- * Change of diet or normal toileting routine * Obesity or general lack of exercise * Spinal, joint or mobility problems making a squatting position painful * Impacted dry faeces * Impacted bony material * High percentage […]

Shock – Rhodes 2 Safety

  When people think about canine first aid, they tend to think about things like how to do CPR and artificial respiration – the “big ones”, if you will.  In actual fact, probably the most serious and potentially life threatening situation you need to be able to spot and treat is shock. In a nutshell, […]

Parvovirus – Rhodes 2 Safety

  Parvovirus is a word that strikes fear into the heart of every dog owner, but many people don’t actually know how to recognise the signs, how it is spread or what to do if you think your dog may have contracted it.  So, here’s a brief overview to help make sense of what is […]

Foreign Bodies – Eye

Foreign Bodies – Eye:  If a dog has runny/watery eyes, is pawing at the eye or rubbing his head on the ground, it might be that there is something in the eye – be that dust, debris, a grass seed or some other type of foreign body.  I have even seen a tick attached to the […]

Foreign Bodies – Ears

(Continued from yesterday’s blog re grass seeds and foreign bodies) today we look at Foreign Bodies – Ears During dry weather, it is always a good idea to check a dog’s body, between his toes and also in his ears for plant seeds after each walk. Visible seeds can be removed with tweezers though its important […]

Foreign Bodies – feet

As spring takes hold and moves towards the summer, the plants start to grow again and belting through long grasses and shrubbery can pose an occupational hazard for a dog where foreign bodies (FBs) are concerned. FB’s such as grass seeds can often be found having entered the ears, nose, eyes, vulva or skin and especially the […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Ticks

  Ticks come in lots of different colours and sizes; from grey, pink, red, brown and black, and right through from the size of a pin-head to a big fat juicy rice-crispy.  They are carried on things like sheep and deer and drop off into the grass and undergrowth so that when an animal passes through, […]

Fits & Seizures

Fits and Seizures occur when brain cells malfunction and abnormal nerve signals spread throughout part of the brain in an uncontrolled way.  The most common cause of fits/seizures/convulsions in dogs: EPILEPSY This is the most common cause. The first fit normally occurs before age 3 if true epilepsy is the cause. Fits in young dogs may often […]

Eclampsia – Rhodes 2 Safety

  Eclampsia (often known as milk fever) is a serious disease caused by calcium deficiency which may occur in late pregnancy or, more usually, after the puppies are born, when the milk production is at its peak.  It is more common amongst smaller bitches who are nursing large litters or bitches who are feeding big, healthy, […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Burns

There are lots of places a dog could get a burn from, and several different types of burn too, from hot burns (caused by coming into contact with anything hot including flames, boiling water and even the sun), cold burns (usually ice or frozen metal), chemical burns (from anything that can get either onto the […]

Vet Wrap – Rhodes 2 Safety

Vet Wrap – In an ideal world, I would love for every single one of you have a well stocked first aid box.  . Obviously, its not normal to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with us on our walks though, so if you only have ONE piece of first aid equipment, make it a […]

Lungworms – Rhodes 2 Safety

 Lungworms  –  I was just sitting having my breakfast and saw an advert on the TV about treatment for lungworm and I wondered just how many “ordinary” pet owners actually know anything about it.  So, here goes … Lungworm infestation can be acquired from slugs or snails as intermediate hosts, through sniffing or licking them, […]

Bee & Wasp Stings – Rhodes 2 Safety

Bee & Wasp Stings  –  In the summer and early autumn, stings from bees and wasps are an occupational hazard for a dog.  Because they like to roam about investigating the undergrowth and hedgerows whenever they can, I suppose it’s inevitable that they’ll come across the odd sting or two.   Maybe you might notice […]

Positions to Practice – Rhodes 2 Safety

Positions to Practice  –  I was asked on one of our canine courses recently about the best position to be in when you check inside your dog’s mouth.  One of my main suggestions is that you should practice the various positions you intend to use to examine your dog to get him used to it and thus preventing him […]

Checking your dog’s mouth

Checking your dog’s mouth   –  For most first aid procedures we need to do, we need to be able to examine our dog thoroughly and there’s a good chance that he may be in pain, frightened or disorientated.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to teach your dog to acceptance a muzzle, just in case you ever need to […]

Locating an Emergency Vet

Locating an Emergency Vet – NOW!!!  It’s vital to have your usual vet’s telephone number in your ‘phone so it’s right at your finger tips if you need it.  Check with your vet to make sure they have provision for accidents or emergencies that occur out of usual office hours.  If your vet DOES NOT […]

Snakebites – Rhodes 2 Safety

Snakebites – The Common Adder, or Viper, is the only venomous snake in the British Isles.  Most Adder encounters happen during their active season which is between March and October.  They have a dark “zig-zag” stripe along the back and their background colour varies from grey or white in the male, right through to shades of brown or […]

Nails (trimming)

Nails –  (if you are on Facebook, check out the group Nail Maintenance for Dogs for some brilliant advice) Have you ever looked closely at a doggy toe nail?  It’s got the shiny outer shell bit and running along the inside cavity of the nail is the blood supply called the kwik.  The ideal length […]

Split Tail Tip

  If you have a breed with a lovely long, waggy tail, you may well have encountered the nightmare that is a split tail tip or “Happy Tail”.  Usually, as a result of some seriously exuberent wagging, the tail may come into contact with a stationary object such as the door frame or wall and […]