Dogs

Dogs

Dogs

HEAT STRESS IN DOGS

 

In summertime, all you want to do is have fun and play in the sun but spare a thought for your poor pet friend-heat stress can be a killer.

 

SIGNS OF HEAT STRESS

Dogs and cats pant to lower their body temperature-they do not sweat like humans. If your pet is overheated you may notice excessive panting, salivating, vomiting, overly red gums or even seizures.

 

TREATMENT OF HEAT STRESS

Call Mudgee Vet Hospital immediately if you suspect heat stress in your pet. In the meantime move your pet to a cooler spot and keep him quite. Apply cool (not cold) water by hose or damp cool towels. Immerse your dog in a cool tub of water for short periods.

 

PREVENTING HEAT STRESS

*Have plenty of fresh cool water available at all times-frozen ice cream containers at several sites are excellent sources.

*Avoid midday sun-keep walks and play sessions to early mornings and late afternoons when it is cooler.

* Don’t over exercise your pet when its hot.

*Be extra careful with longhaired, overweight, young or older animals.

*Never leave your pet in a parked car.

*Have your pet clipped

*Inside animals need cool well ventilated areas to sleep.

*Place cool bricks inside hutches.

*Place wet hessian bags over hutches and kennels and keep in a shady spot.

 

The friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital are always available to help you with any advice. Please call 63722105.

Grass Seeds – A Problem for Dogs

 

Summer is the time to be keeping an eye out for grass seeds. They can cause problems for dogs, most commonly longer haired active dogs that are exercised in reserves, paddocks or long grasses. A grass seed can get caught and work its way down through the skin. Once it is under the skin the body tries to eliminate it and pus is formed that can swell into an abscess. These infections are commonly life-threatening if not treated.

Sometimes the entry hole can heal over leaving no clue to the source of the problem. Areas to check for seeds are ears, between toes, armpits and eyes. It is best to have long-coated dogs trimmed, at least the feet and belly, to reduce the chance of grass seed penetration of the skin. Check your dogs thoroughly for seeds after each walk. A good rule of thumb is, if you have grass seeds in your socks after a walk, your dog is likely to have seeds in his/her coat. Also if sudden sneezing or shaking of the head occur or the eyes suddenly appear red after a walk, this could indicate a grass seed problem.

Check your dogs paws regularly for signs of lesions or infection and if you do notice a swelling or lump on the paws or body, seek medical advice with the friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital.

BATHING YOUR DOG

 

How often should I bath my Dog?: Most normal dogs, unless dirty or smelly, do not require frequent bathing. A rule of thumb is once a fortnight, however individual requirements can vary, eg. the dog may live inside or have a tendency to get dirty more often. A normal dogs coat is designed to self-clean. Pets with skin problems may require more frequent bathing to help treat the skin condition.

What shampoo do I use?: Choosing a shampoo for your dog is as important as choosing the correct food. Some shampoos are for routine use while others are medicated for specific needs. Dogs have very different skin and hair growth compared to humans. Dogs skin is thinner and less acidic. Do not use human shampoos, soaps or detergents on dogs when bathing. Detergents have an inappropriate pH, often due to extremely high levels of alkali salts and these can strip the dogs  skin and coat of natural oils. Therefore always choose a shampoo that is not soap based and is specifically made for dogs.

Washing your Dog: Always shampoo your dog in a warm and comfortable environment. Use lukewarm water and make sure you do not forget areas under the neck, stomach, legs and feet. A sponge is great for around the face and ears. Massage gently when the shampoo is applied and for medicated shampoos always leave on for 5-10minutes before rinsing off. Thoroughly towel dry your dog when finished, paying attention to under arms, around face and ears.

The staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital are trained to advise you on the particular needs your dog may have when it comes to shampooing and skin care.

We also have a hydrobath service where we can bath, blow dry, brush and manicure your dog. Please phone 63722105 for further information.

1080 POISONING IN DOGS

Dogs are often scavengers and they may eat meats poisoned by 1080(sodium fluroacetate), a highly toxic pesticide used to control pest animal species. Dogs access baits through varying circumstances: lack of communication between neighbours, failure to erect signs warning of a baiting programme, an incorrect assumption that heavy rains will render baits safe, movements of baits by birds or other wildlife and failure to keep dogs under control. Neglected vomits remain highly toxic and there is a risk of secondary poison if dogs eat poisoned rabbits.

 

The signs of poisoning are usually noticed within half an hour of ingestion, although symptoms can take  more than six hours to manifest. Initial symptoms include vomiting, anxiety, disorientation and shaking. These quickly develop into frenzied behavior with running and screaming fits, drooling at the mouth, uncontrolled paddling and seizures, followed by total collapse and death.

Emergency action must be taken when you suspect poisoning!!! Remember there is no antidote to 1080-only early action will save your dog. Make the dog vomit immediately by placing 1-2 crystals of washing soda down the dogs throat or try half a teaspoon salt thrown on the back of the dogs tongue. Once you have made the dog vomit, take the dog to the Vet immediately. Phone your Vet  to warn them you are coming and the nature of your problem and do not waste time in getting to the hospital. At the hospital the seizures can be controlled and treatment given to encourage your dog’s body to get rid of the poison. Treatment can take several days but can be successful.

To protect your dog, keep them kenneled or chained when not working and have them wear a muzzle if necessary.

The friendly staff at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital are available to discuss symptoms and treatment of 1080 poisoning or any other issues you may have with your pets. Please phone 63722105.

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