K9 Tip of the Day

COAT CHANGES

COAT CHANGES – length of hair, direction of growth, texture, feel or colour: Changes in your dog’s coat can denote a number of things from age to hormones to diet to pain and skeletal problems. The change in the pattern of your dog’s coat can show an underlying health problem such as pain from undiagnosed […]

Reverse Sneezing

Our dogs often make little sounds that catch us off guard.  Sometimes they are funny, like woofing in their sleep, but sometimes they are frightening and sound really strange.  Reverse sneezing is one of those sounds that comes out of nowhere and really can look and sound pretty bad. But what is REVERSE SNEEZING? Reverse […]

Targeting a Chin Rest

Remember to PAY the dog! Force-free and positive techniques are extremely important to us at Rhodes 2 Safety.  We like, as much as possible, to teach skills and techniques to our dogs that make them confident and calm with the behaviours we are asking of them.  Rather than using force and old school “alpha” techniques, […]

Dremel – introducing a puppy to a nail grinder

Yesterday, Coda turned 13 weeks.  At the moment, every day is a new and exciting adventure.  We are looking to socialise him and introduce him to as many positive people, dogs, venues and experiences as possible in an effort to create a confident, well-rounded, balanced adult dog in the future. * Today’s itinerary was a […]

BUYING A NEW PUPPY OR DOG

Buying a puppy or a new dog:   If you are looking to bring a dog into your family, please take the time to read this article.  It may seem long.  It may seem to have a million facts.  It may seem “over the top” and anyway, can you really be bothered to read the […]

WET DREAMS

DO DOGS HAVE “WET DREAMS”? Well, I bet I’ve got your attention with this one haven’t I!  Ooh we do cover some off-the-wall topics but I like to think that everything we cover is pertinent, and is a topic that may at some time have popped into your head, owing to the behaviours we see […]

Eating Mud

“Mmmm Nom Nom …. filthy disgusting mud in our teeth … how lovely!”   Rain and Dice know how to live it up. At this time of year (Nov/Dec) my dogs ALWAYS go through a period of wanting to eat mud.  They run to various patches, licking and scraping at the surface with their bottom teeth […]

HORNER’S SYNDROME

Canine Tip of the Day: HORNER’S SYNDROME It has taken me every single moment of the last 6 weeks to be strong enough to put this blog together for you.  I say that because it was the key component to the downward spiral that eventually lead to the loss of my darling Chi.  I will […]

BPH – BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (or BPH as it is often referred to) is an age dependant, non-inflammatory enlargement of the prostate gland.  This condition is one that affects older dogs who have not been castrated.  For some time now, there have been thoughts that BPH might be something that Rhodesian Ridgebacks in particular are prone to, […]

COVERING A LEG INJURY

My darling Rain-Bob developed a teeny lump at the end of May.  As it was lockdown for the Corona Virus at the time, I showed the photograph to my vet who advised just to keep a close eye on it, since it wasn’t “life-threatening”.  This we did but, as the social distancing requirements dragged, the […]

GIANT HOGWEED POISONING

The UK’s most dangerous plant? GIANT HOGWEED It has been said that Giant Hogweed or “Heracleum Mantegazzianum” to give it its posh name, could well be the UK’s most dangerous plant … and for good reason!  Simply brushing against this nightmare plant can cause enormous pain and problems for both humans and our furry friends […]

GIARDIA

GIARDIA   I was asked earlier today if I had any information on Giardia and, as I always do when I’m asked a direct question, I like to share my answer on the page in case it comes in handy for anyone else too.   I haven’t done an actual blog on it but in […]

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 Omeprazole (20mg daily for a dog the size of a Ridgeback) can […]