Tags: Pet First Aid

Permission to Administer First Aid

PROFESSIONAL FIRST AID INTERVENTION There is often concern about what you can and cannot do in a first aid capacity. The grey area comes because we have two important pieces of legislation – the Welfare Act and the Law itself – which are a little different. The Welfare Act says that anybody can carry out […]

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 […]

Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiella Mite)

Cheyletiella Mites (or walking dadruff as they are often known) are Zoonoses.  Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted between vertibrate species, including man, which means they are not restricted just to our furry friends. As with the Harvest Mite, “walking dandruff” lives on the surface of the skin and feeds on skin cell debris.  […]

Jellyfish Stings

Currently in the UK we are experiencing a high influx of jellyfish (and therefore jellyfish stings ) to our coastline.  Although the majority are not dangerous, some are, so here’s our guide to jellyfish treatment – for both ourselves as well as our dogs. Before we go any further, the advice below in no way […]

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 […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Travel Sickness

Vomiting, shaking, anxiety and drooling can be as a result of car travel or nervousness, and this is very common indeed in puppies – with my boy Axl having just sired a litter, Im in constant contact with our new puppy owners and this is something that all of them, my puppy Chi included, have suffered […]

Colloidal Silver

Ive been asked several times recently about Colloidal Silver; what it is, how it works, what you can use it for etc.  It is gaining quite a bit of a reputation and, due to the enormous list of uses, illnesses, bacteria etc that it is reputed to help, this topic deserves a section all to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Friction Burns

When you have a fast moving, athletic dog who loves to chase or race or turn on a sixpence, friction burns to the pads are an occupational hazard.  People tend to think of burns merely in the capacity of being caused by something hot, like a flame or boiling water, but there are several different […]

Internal Bleeding – Rhodes 2 Safety

After an accident where there has been significant trauma, say like a road traffic collision or fall from a height, or perhaps when our dog has a serious disease or infection, internal bleeding can develop. When we see blood from a wound, we know instinctively that we need to stop the bleeding as quickly as […]

Road Traffic Accidents – Rhodes 2 Safety

Life turns on a sixpence.  One minute all is happy and sunny … the next things can become as black as you could ever imagine.  Road Traffic Accidents have to be one of a dog owner’s worst nightmares.  A lovely walk can quickly spiral into a traumatic experience and if it does, the owner’s ability […]

Ears – Basic 1st Aid

Ears – Basic 1st Aid for ……   Constant shaking/scratching * Examine the ear opening by lifting the ear flap and looking inside. * Provided it is near the very top of the ear canal, if you are able to see an obvious foreign body, you can remove this yourself gently with your fingers.  If you must […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Ears

Ears – Whats Normal and How to Clean Them A healthy canine ear should not require any special treatment or care other than  a regular check just to make sure all is well and that there is no irritation, wax, discharge, foul/sour smell, or excessive build up of hair (which can affect certain breeds eg Poodles). […]

Feet – Rhodes 2 Safety

Feet:  With dogs, problems affecting the feet and nails are pretty common and can range from something as simple as a torn nail or be a symptom of a more general skin disease. Common causes of foot problems are:- 1. Parsitic Problems: Harvest Mite, Demodectic Mange, Hookworms 2. Allergic or Irritant Dermatitis: Dogs who suffer […]

Dog Bites – Rhodes 2 Safety

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 will slow down it if has […]

Mastitis – Rhodes 2 Safety

Mastitis = inflammation in the mammary gland. Mastitis is usually caused by an infection which has entered via the teat, through a skin wound caused by a puppy, or via the bloodstream. The teat and breast tissue will be warm and may be swollen and tender.  If the mastitis is more severe, there may be […]