Heat Stroke and other Summer considerations

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Heat Stroke and other Summer considerations

Post by xxlynne » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:26 am

Health & Safety is the signature to our Rescue work. So please here are some of the critical issues which show our integral caring in summer. Within our walkers training notes are notes about Sun / Heat Stroke.
Sun/ Heat Stroke is a very real factor with our furry friends as they carry their fur coats whatever the weather and don't sweat so their cooling system is through their contact to the earth through their paws or belly and through panting.

A dog suffering from heat-stroke will display several signs:
Rapid panting
Bright red tongue
Red or pale gums
Thick, sticky saliva
Vomiting - sometimes with blood
Carry emergency numbers of kennels staff (and the Rescue) In an emergency call stating clearly where you are and with what dog. Carry water with you.
 If you are concerned about a dog over heating place them in shade, removing the dog from the hot environment if possible, even begging a favour of a near by house.
 At the spot: Use water to cool the dog and allow them to drink too. Reduce body temperature by dousing the dog in cool water, particularly the head and neck - or fan them to circulate air. Carry or transport the dog back to the kennels to safety keeping air circulating eg car windows down
 Back at kennels or place of safety : Continue to douse the dog in cold water until his breathing starts to settle Immerse the dog in tepid water, cooling gradually, using either a shower spray or similar. Use a fan to increase air flow over the dog to aid cooling. If using a fan to cool your dog be careful of electric wires ref water contact.
 Allow the dog to drink as much water as they want in small quantities at a time (if possible add a pinch of salt to the water)
 Seek veterinary attention if kennel staff deem necessary as soon as is safe to do so
 Avoid using ice-cold water; or cover your dog with wet sheets. Do not hose your dog with cold water it could send them into shock.

Harness use & types: We use harnesses to take any stress off of our dog's neck. We use the 'H' harnesses so if necessary you can get a handle on the dog without involving the collar to reassure the dog or to position the dog. It is very hard for a dog to back out of a properly fitted 'H' harness. Where the kennel staff have kindly put on a harness a walker will always check the harness is properly fitted before commencing on the walk. Any damaged collar, leads and harnesses are taken out of use and we will try to repair them where possible. Avoid using the same harness for different dogs as this can spread skin/ mites issues.

All our dogs are walked with a Rescue Remedies disc on their collar. We attached the disc to the collar in a place other than the 'D' ring so there is never the temptation to put the lead in the disc's ring rather than the 'D' ring. If the harness fails and the dog does come free any finder will call the Rescue. We get about 2 calls a week from the public finding our dogs. This is why we don't ask for our discs back and we home our dogs on our discs. Really astute homers will order a pressed disc through Pettags.co.uk with their postcode and mobiles on then they will return our disc. Those that don't, will leave our disc on the dog and it will serve our dog well. We always ask our homers not to buy engraved discs as they swiftly wear and puts their dog in danger. Everyone must have their dog chipped now and the owners details on the chip & disc and they are held responsible for the dogs management and behaviour. If a dog gets lost it is far better the finder calls the no. on the disc than to have to take to a dog warden or vets to read the chip. It will also save a lot of time & money! With terriers in particular we ask families to leave the collar and disc on always so escape from the garden then dog can be quickly captured and returned.

Losing a dog: A finders first port of call is a uptodate pressed disc on the collar. Second is the uptodate chip details. If lost for over 30 mins get a helper to print a picture of your dog. Keep a good picture of your dog on your phone. Send a picture of your dog to a person who lives local eg person helping to look and print out posters with mobile no for contact, when and where lost and how best to approach them. Put up on lampposts; garden gates car & shop windows. Notify everyone you meet in the vicinity and be out their calling that is when people come out of their houses and tell you no 45 took a dog in that was stray. Dogs will tend to move around in a triangle. Terrier may have gone to ground so calling them may help but be aware of badger sets or fox holes. If a dog isnt found within three hours then its best to involve doglost.co.uk for full advice.

Never scald your dog for running away or doing something like snapping at a stranger...reassure them and take control by re-introduction in neutral area, asking the new person to adopt submissive body language eg seated and high value treats. Put their hand in front to be smelt but never raised over the dogs head until the dog indicates they are comfortable. Telling a dog off will confuse the dog. Why would they look to come back to you if they know they will be greeted with a telling off. Why would they receive a stranger better if they communicated they were nervous, and got shouted at for it.

A few more points to mind. Grapes; currants; chocolate and big quantities of butter/ fat can be lethal for dogs. Slug killers; rodent killers are highly poisonous. Cooked chicken bones are too sharp for the dog to safely digest..raw are fine.

SUMMER Be very careful of exit management. Back gates are used more with bicycles in use and garden use by families. Lower windows open are very inviting for terriers to exit via the back of the sofa due to a passerby or visitor up the garden path. Post boxes by the gate or beside the front door will take the commotion away from the postmans (intruders) visit. Terrier people tend never to open the front door without checking where their terrier is and placing them behind an inner door or gate. A spring on the front gate can offer a little reassurance should the terrier escape into the front garden. Wrought iron gates are often easy for a terrier to walk through as they need a much narrower space than supposed.

And finally BBQs great care should be taken with loose dogs around spitting fat; very hot meat, delicious smells too tempting for most. Position and supervision of actual BBQ which if they leaped up to investigate, can easily be knocked over. Swimming pools need to be watched very carefully and a means for a swimming dog to get a purchase out like steps introduced in case the dog accidently falls in without supervision. We have known many dogs drown in visiting properties with swimming pools or caught up hidden under a covered pool. Deep pond likewise steps created to use stones to provide exit purchase.

Have a great summer!!

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Re: Heat Stroke and other Summer considerations

Post by xxlynne » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:28 pm

Reminder to everyone

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Re: Heat Stroke and other Summer considerations

Post by gsdlover » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:01 pm

And just to add, pavements/tarmac are very hot at the moment and can burn and blister your dogs feet so try to stick to off Road walks. If it is too hot for you to walk barefoot on a surface then it is too hot for your dog to walk on.

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