Advice & Tips

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 […]

Poisoning (by Toads/Caterpillars)

Poisoning     First Aid Treatment for Poisoning by Toads & Caterpillars Some species of toad secrete a toxic substance on their skin. This passes into the mouth of any dog that picks up the toad to play with it. Certain types of longhaired caterpillar can also produce similar irritants and even anaphylactic reactions in severe cases […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bleeding Ear Tips – Rhodes 2 Safety

Bleeding Ear Tips – This morning while on our walk I was wondering what I would put in today’s blog.  Axl, my trustee Rhodesian Ridgeback side-kick, must have been reading my thoughts because no sooner had the thought crossed my mind, than he came up with the answer for me.  Now that he’s an “agility […]

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.  […]

Hypoglycaemic Collapse (low blood sugar)

Hypoglycaemic Collapse – Insulin is produced naturally in the body to control and regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.  Dogs who suffer with diabetes AND those dogs who are worked very hard such as gundogs, working huskies, agility and flyball competitors etc, use up their calorific reserves quickly and if not replenished, this can result in […]

Heatstroke Hyperthermic Collapse

Heatstroke Hyperthermic Collapse

Heatstroke Hyperthermic Collapse – Hyper is latin and means high, above or over.  It is not to be confused with conditions who’s names start with Hypo (Hypo means exactly the opposite, ie low, below or under) Today’s tip is about Hyperthermic Collapse (collapse due to the dog having a very high temperature or being subjected atmospherically […]

Prolapse of the Eyeball

A prolapse of the eyeball can occur in breeds such as the Pekinese and the Chihuahua with large protruding eyes. As a result of injury the eye may displace forward and the eyelids partly close behind it. An injury of this nature usually occurs after a fight with a larger dog but it can occur […]

Severe Injury to the eye, eg by stone/ball

Severe Injury to the eye  – Again, with such a serious eye injury it is vitally important that we access professional veterinary help as soon as possible.  Please be aware that the dog will be in severe discomfort so application of a muzzle may well be appropriate. If the object that has hit the dog […]

Basic First Aid for Eye Injuries

Basic first aid for eye injuries Object in the eye: Our eyes are so important to us, whether we are humans, dogs or another species entirely.  For this reason, any “messing about” with eyeballs causes extreme fear and wariness and so before you start trying to help, please think about your own physical safety and […]

Canine Tip of the Day: Did you know ….

  Did you know … Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected. and Did you know … A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running

Does my dog have cateracts?

Does my dog have cateracts?

Does my dog have cateracts?  Many dog owners of older dogs think their pet has developed cataracts because they notice that the lens of the eye has taken on a greyish bluish colour at its centre. Any such changes in the eye should ALWAYS be checked out by the Vet but, in fact, in the […]

Eating Grass

Is Eating Grass Normal?  . . Three times recently I have been directly asked or overheard a conversation about this issue and then, totally by chance, I read a really interesting little snippet which sums it up beautifully.  This little chapter comes from Andrew Gardiner’s First Aid for Dogs book – An Owner’s Veterinary Guide […]

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 […]

Canine Quiz – Q4

  Rhodes 2 Safety Quiz Q4: Your dog squeezes himself through a tiny gap between a fence and the side of a garage while “investigating”. He catches his foreleg on a sharp edge sticking out from the fence and puts a degloved injury in his leg (a degloved injury is one in which the flesh […]