You’ve said the ‘W’ word… everyone is excited and jumping around the house ready to leave…You have your coat and car keys ready... but where is your dog first aid kit? a ball? the bag of treats? and arghhhhhhhh what have you done with the poo bags??? What you need is a bag designed just for walkies, something that you can fit all your own dog walking essentials in. It needs to be practical, compact, lightweight and easy to carry.
Snake bites are not a common occurrence, if you encounter a snake you should pop your dog on a lead and calmly walk in the other direction. Snakes only really bite if they are provoked or in self defense, but if your curious pup is sniffing around off the beaten track and in the bushes, it may inadvertently disturb a snake that is sunning itself. How to treat your dog for snake bite: Limit the dogs movements as much as possible to avoid the venom being absorbed or spread around the your dog's system. The majority of snake bites will occur on a dogs legs or face - be aware that a bite to the face my lead to swelling...
Who doesn’t LOVE the Christmas period!?! Log fires, carol singing, mince pies, mulled wine… yummy! Spending the extra time with my family and friends is also my favourite thing to do and treating them all at this special time of year is always a given. That includes our three dogs!! However, we must all be aware that succumbing to the ‘puppy dog eyes’ and giving them our leftovers or titbits as a loving treat is not always the kindest thing to do.
The Yellow Dog UK is a wonderfully simple scheme that is active in almost 50 countries around the world, the campaign is to make dog owners aware that ‘some dogs need space’. The idea is that owners with a dog that needs space, simply tie a yellow ribbon onto their lead. This is a quiet indication to other dog owners to keep their dogs under control and at a distance or allow them to move out of the way.
We can take precautions to try and make this time of year less traumatic for our four legged friends and plan ahead. We need to keep our dogs safe and avoid negative incidents, such as a dog running away or acting aggressively out of fear.