K9 Tip of the Day

Why do a Canine First Aid Course?

Why? THIS is why ……   Well, although we all HOPE we will never be in a position where we need to use it, at least if our luck runs out and we’ve had the forethought to undertake a first aid course, we will know what to do. This was certainly the case for Jonathan […]

Masks … and how to wear them!

With Corona Virus doing the rounds, personal hygiene has never been more important and the use of barrier PPE is paramount but you have GOT TO WEAR IT CORRECTLY! I’ve seen so many pictures of people with masks but wearing them completely inappropriately … so here’s Dice to show you Rhodes 2 Safety RIGHT WAY […]

Mild Seizures

Mild Seizures Rain has had idiopathic epilepsy since he was 14 months old.  Today, at the age of 10.5 he experienced a very mild seizure which is now normal for him, every 8 weeks or so.  Because people often think that fits will be massive, violent, thrashing episodes, I thought I would share this video […]

HUMAN CPR

Human CPR Technique: As you may have seen, due to the knock on effect of the Corona Virus, all of our physical first aid courses have been either cancelled, postponed or altered to being delivered as a Webinar Live Platform course.  All of our courses will be just as good as being with you in […]

Cruciate Ligament Injury

Although I’m sure you’ve heard of the Cruciate Ligament, I know a lot of people aren’t exactly sure what it is or what it does.  A quick check on Wiki says “Cruciate ligaments (also cruciform ligaments) are pairs of ligaments arranged like a letter X.[1] They occur in several joints of the body, such as the knee joint and the atlanto-axial joint. In a fashion similar […]

DIY NAIL PEDICURE FOR DOGS

An awful lot of dogs really aren’t keen on having their nails clipped.  Some are not too bad if you try a Dremel hand-held grinder for the job.  Others can be persuaded to have them done with clippers but some really do just struggle with the whole thing and it can be very frustrating for […]

Gracilis Myopathy

What is GRACILIS MYOPATHY? The term itself can be split into two halves – GRACILIS is a hind leg muscle in the inner thigh. MYOPATHY just means abnormality or condition. A Gracilis injury is also sometimes referred to as “Contracture” or “Dropped Muscle” … but these terms all refer to the same thing. Who is […]

ACID REFLUX

This is one of the accompanying symptoms of Laryngeal Paralysis together with the breathing issues and hind end weakness. However, other things can cause acid reflux too such as food (quantities, type and ingredients) medication and other medical conditions. Antacid Medication such as Zantac or Pepcid can be given but should be as advised by […]

Laryngeal Paralysis and GOLPP

Laryngeal Paralysis or GOLPP is thought, at least in some breeds, to be inherited as an autosomal dominant trait.  It is perhaps something you’ve not heard of.  Do you have an older dog?  Have you noticed he is a little short of breath nowadays?  Is his breathing a bit raspy and noisy or perhaps faster […]

STAPH (Staphylococcus) Skin Infections

Sometimes, dogs get itchy or you might notice that their coat is not quite as good as it might be and this could actually be something called Staphylococcus – also known as a “Staph” skin infection.  Infection might be noticed in many locations including the eyes, feet, skin, ears and respiratory system.  Signs that might […]

Aloe Vera (Veterinary Formula & Aloe Lips Graze Balm)

Aloe Vera is well known for its soothing, healing properties and while there are lots of pharmaceutical treatments on the market, there are several of the Aloe products that I truly wouldn’t be without.  The two that I most go back to again and again both come from the Forever Living range, although Aloe Vera […]

Warm Weather Musings: vlog

Sometimes, when I’m out walking with my boys, I get the urge to speak to you all through a vlog, rather than a written blog.  This one was all about warm weather and things to consider to keep your dogs happy and healthy in the hotter weather.  Initially posted on our Rhodes 2 Safety Facebook […]

Spondylosis

Spondylosis or “Spondylosis Deformans” in dogs sounds like a very serious diagnosis and there is no doubt that it’s effect on a dog’s quality of life can be marked BUT what if I were to tell you that pretty much any dog that lives long enough, will eventually develop spondylosis to some degree?  Didn’t know […]

Dewclaws

What they are Why they have them Why you shouldn’t remove them Great article from McIntyre Canine Rehabilitation: https://www.facebook.com/mcrehabilitation/posts/568915563442033

Alabama Rot

Alabama Rot

An interesting take on Alabama Rot by Dr. Connor Brady in the Dog Listener – food for thought? Alabama Rot Truth or Fiction

Deafness

Deafness in our dogs can easily go unnoticed for quite a while.  Sometimes, when we get older, we like to think that rules don’t apply to us any more and we like to do things our own way and the same is true of our dogs.  I think it’s because of that fact that deafness […]

Phantom Pregnancies in Dogs

I get many emails and messages every week, but by far one of the most common subjects is that of Phantom Pregnancies in Dogs.  If you have a bitch who has not been spayed, the chances are you will know exactly what I’m talking about.  Hormone changes and surges can play havoc with your darling […]

CBD (cannabis) Oil

Cannabis has long since been known to have health properties but its use in the wider population has been frowned up.  Now it seems there is a wave of evidence supporting its use, particularly in the form of CBD oil.  CBD or Cannabidoil is said to be helpful for a huge raft of problems and […]

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 […]

Dangerous Household Objects

Dangerous Innocuous Household Objects As I write this, it’s 28th December.  Christmas has passed … New Year is not yet here, and we are in that “tinsel-limbo” period when nobody really seems to know what day it is (and for some reason it seems perfectly normal to breakfast on things like Bailey’s and a Selection […]