Tags: Pet First Aid

Puppy Vaccinations – Rhodes 2 Safety

Puppy Vaccinations: When you get your beautiful new puppy he has some immunity already, passed on through the milk from his mother.  However, it is vitally important to protect him before he goes out into the big wide world. The normal sequence of events is:- @ 8 weeks, he will receive his first vaccination @ […]

Diagnosing Skin Problems – Rhodes 2 Safety

Sometimes, helping the vet with diagnosing skin problems can be quite a challenge.  Because there are lots of possible causes of skin infection, from trauma, to topical allergies, to food allergies, to bites, to autoimmune problems etc etc, it is a good idea to go through some questions yourself before your vet appointment so that if your vet […]

Head Shaking & Ear Mites

Head shaking and ear mites can affect any dog or cat.  You may notice that your dog is shaking his head or perhaps scratching a lot more than usual.  This could indicate several things including:- ear mites, foreign body in the ear, an allergy, an infection. Ear mites: Ear mites are common in puppies and […]

Loss of an intact tooth

Loss of an intact tooth:  On very rare occasions, say as the result of rough play, an accident, fight or even just getting caught up in something, complete loss of an intact tooth can occur – although it is fairly unusual in dogs. Should you find yourself in this position and you are able to retrieve […]

Inner Ear Infections – Rhodes 2 Safety

Inner Ear Infections:  To a dog, his sense of hearing is the second most important of his 5 senses (second only to his sense of smell).  Your dog’s ears are incredibly delicate and very important to him.  Deafness, although something he can live with, will really affect the way he lives his life so if […]

Allergic Reactions/Hives

There are many things that can trigger allergic reactions and hives in our animals – everything from food or medication that doesn’t agree with them, bee stings, wasp stings, nettle rash, vaccinations, flying ants, biting “critters” in the grass or undergrowth and even licking toads! This is what happens when you decide to suck a wasp!!! […]

Drowning – Rhodes 2 Safety

  Today’s tip tackles the steps to take if your dog has been involved in a drowning/water based emergency. Begin by using your DR.ABC assessment method:-   D = Danger (Is it safe?) R = Response (Is he responding to you?) A = Airway (Open his Airway, pull his tongue forward & clear his mouth of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Snagged Broken Nails

Snagged Broken Nails – Because dogs like to tear around when they play, they do sometimes catch the odd claw on the ground or on loose surfaces – particularly their dew claws.  This can be really very painful indeed and even though you may THINK you’re helping, if ever there was a time you are likely […]

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 […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Teeth – how many and what are they for

By about the age of 7 months, most dogs should have their full set of permanent (adult) teeth.  In some smaller breeds it is quite common for dogs to retain some of the primary (milk) teeth but, if this causes problems for the dog with overcrowding for example, these should be removed by your vet.  […]

Canine Quiz – Q5

  Today’s K9 Quiz Q5 is the last in this section So how did you do? Hopefully, you all did really well but, if you didn’t, maybe this week of scenarios might galvanize you into finding out a bit more or preparing yourselves better JUST IN CASE. Next week we will be back to Tips of […]

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 […]

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 […]