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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - January 2010

Pet Quotes

"I used to look at (my dog) Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter, you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'" (Fred Jungclaus)

"If you yell at a cat, you're the one who is making a fool of yourself." (Unknown)

Featured Story: AVERY - TO LOVE, HONOR, AND PROTECT

Source: PawFriendly.com - Pet Stories Dog story

"I am sure you receive many letters regarding special pets. However, not many dogs are smart enough to know what to do to save a life. My dog, Avery, saved the lives of my brother and nephew; and, I can tell you that they will never forget that day or that dog.

I live downtown. My wife and I had been out of town for the weekend when my brother and nephew were staying in our home. My nephew lives in the area; and, my brother comes through here for monthly meetings. It is during these visits that my brother, Chris, spends time with his son, Ramsey. Sometimes they stay at our house. This Saturday morning, during the drought of 2006, Avery woke my brother and somehow convinced him - mostly by his urgent manner - that he should get up and follow him. Chris followed Avery to the back door where Avery was barking. Looking out, he could see that the wooden fence was in flames; and, that the row of twenty-foot cedars behind the fence was also burning..." [Continue Reading]

PHOTOS FROM PROUD PET PARENTS
     
"These pics are of our White Shepherd (Lord Gunner) opening presents, which he NEVER eats the paper, and Akira - the black/tan shepherd who doesn't like her pics taken and beats up on poor Gunner! Have a woof day!" - Kara & Paul

"This February 2009 picture is of my Dingo, Foxy Girl, at the BX dog park in Vernon, BC. She is a rescue dog from my daughter in Taiwan. Last winter was her first in Canada and she loved the snow!!!!" - Christine K.

"This is my Border Collie, Cody. He is a very active, excitable dog. Loves to play frisbee and ball. He will be 7 years old in May." - Donna B.
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COMMON DOG INJURIES

Accidents happen everyday. Even the best pet owners can make a mistake, or a set of circumstances can lead to dog injury problems. In most cases you will want to take your dog to the vet immediately rather than taking a "wait-and-see" approach. Remember, although the dog may appear to be okay, there can be inside trauma that requires diagnosis by a vet. Some dog injury problems include:

  • Dog fights can result in bite wounds, punctures, torn flesh, and worse. Although some fights sound worse than they really are, many are serious. Contact the vet for instructions and get your dog there as soon as possible. If your dog does not appear too traumatized, you may wish to carefully check him for wounds. Use caution - even the most mild-mannered, well-behaved pet may bite if he is in pain.

  • A run-in with a car (or other vehicle). Dogs will typically either get up shakily or continue to lie where they are. Either way, get your dog to the vet right away. Even if your dog gets up and is able to walk away from the accident, he may have internal injuries or bleeding that need treatment.

    Try to minimize movement by placing your dog on a firm surface, such as a sheet of plywood. If that's not available use a blanket. The goal is to transport your dog to the vet with as little motion as possible.

  • Dogs that participate in dog sports such as agility may experience soft tissue injuries or lameness. While it might be as benign as a pulled muscle, it's better to be safe than sorry. Stop your dog from continuing the sport and ensure he rests. Contact the vet for advice.

  • Eye injuries can occur any time. Snub-nosed breeds such as pekingese and pugs are particularly susceptible because their eyes protrude slightly. Look for signs such as: squinting; watery eyes; unequal pupils; excessive blinking; or severely bloodshot eyes.

    Prompt attention from a vet may be able to prevent serious injuries from leading to blindness (or least help to preserve some sight). Not all eye injuries are serious - sometimes it's just a bruised eye, but again, you want to be sure.

    (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)

  • Foot and leg injuries. This is one type of injury that you may be able to wait a bit longer before taking action, depending on the situation. Dogs romp around all the time and if they jump or step the wrong way, it could result in a sprain or pulled muscle. Watch for signs of continued lameness. If it doesn't show signs of improvement contact your vet.

    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.

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Article courtesy of ScamperingPaws.com, a collection of tips and articles on dog training, health, and behavior.

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