"To a cat, 'NO!' means 'Not while I'm looking'." (Source Unknown)
"Bob really knows how to relax and even smiles for the camera. Notice he keeps his favorite ball close."
- Lorne of Agassiz, BC
"Here is a picture of Max (11 year old Bishon Shitshu) with his favorite toy, a rubber gecko. He loves that it slaps him when he shakes it and thinks its playing with him. In between play time it has to be put away or he will not leave it alone."
- Sent in by Terry S.
"This is Precious, an abandoned Old English Sheepdog. We
collected her from Oshawa in August 2006, a very sad emaciated animal.
She had been neglected, faeces covered her fur and paws and legs yellow
from urine. She had been beaten and was left with sore ribs and a mangled
eye. She has lost the sight in her eye but oh what a beautiful dog she has
developed into. Long legged and gangly and with the biggest paws I have
ever seen. She is the most delightful, funny, loving dog anyone would be
proud to own."
- Daphne B. from St Catharine's
Accidents happen everyday. Even the best pet owners can make a mistake, or a set of circumstances can lead to an injury to your dog. In most cases you will probably want to take your dog to the vet immediately rather than taking a "wait-and-see" approach. Even though the dog may appear to be okay, there can be inside trauma that requires diagnosis by a vet. Some common injuries include:
*** IMPORTANT: Even the most mild-mannered, well-behaved pet may bite if he is in pain. Use caution.
Did you know that eye injuries can result from dogs riding with their heads outside open car windows? Although many dogs love this, bits of debris can enter the dog's eye and even lodge itself in the eye.
Dogs may also get foreign objects stuck in their paws. If you notice your dog limping, the first thing to do is carefully check his paws including in between the toes. Gently remove burrs, seeds, dried mud, or other substances that could be causing him discomfort (in the winter, ice balls that form between the paw pads are very uncomfortable).
If your dog has a cut, wash it out and bandage it. Call your vet if it's a particularly large or deep cut that may require stitches.
If in doubt, consult your vet for advice.