Posted: 22 Sep 2011 09:55 AM PDT
Examples of applying and taking care of a bandage to your dog
Caring for a dog is a massive responsibility. Some people bracket together the looking after a dog with the bringing up of a toddler. For the reason that dogs are comparable to toddlers, every now and then they will find themselves in injurious positions. Dogs will find themselves ensnared in a constricted location or collide with something that will deliver a nasty injury to one or more of their limbs. If this happens to your dog you must be able to dispense some first aid. Applying a bandage is one of the basic skills of dog first aid. Here are some straightforward examples of applying and taking care of a bandage once it has been dispensed to the wounded animal.
Bandaging Your Dog – Dog First Aid
Make sure any wound has been cleaned and disinfected. Cover the wound with an absorbent non stick pad, apply several layers of roll cotton. Next place layers of gauze bandage over the cotton and make sure the cotton is well secured. Make sure the bandage is not disrupting the dogs circulation by being applied too tightly. Check the pressure by placing two fingers under the bandage. Finish off by applying an elastic bandage and keep this in place with adhesive tape. Wrap the adhesive tape around the bandage and try and ensure the bandage doesn't slip by connecting the adhesive tape to both the bandage and the dogs fur.
Taking Care Of The Bandage
Bandages should always be kept clean and dry. The easiest solution to this is to keep your pet indoors for the majority of the time. When your dog goes outside for the toilet cover the bandages with plastic bags, bread bags or trash can liners which can all be used. Check once or twice daily to make sure the bandage is clean and dry and no unpleasant odors or discharge are emanating from the bandage. An Elizabethan Collar may be required to stop your dog from chewing and loosening the bandage.
If you regularly groom your dog, by paying a little more attention to the ears you can help prevent the dog getting ear infections. If you own a dog which is liable to these infections you will have detected how easily dogs can be inflicted with troublesome ears.
Three types of infections occur in dogs ears – outer ear, middle ear and inner ear infection.
Outer ear is quite simple to spot. The ears will become inflamed and secrete a waxy unpleasant smelling discharge. Middle ear and inner ear infections, are cause for more concern and may require the attention of your veterinarian as things can deteriorate quite quickly. A lot of factors contribute to infections, from ear mites to a bacterial infection or even an allergic reaction to some dog foods.
Ear cleaning whilst you are grooming your dog will get the pet accustomed to having his ears handled and make it easier should you have to dispense any medication. You can help to avoid these infections by making a concentrated effort to clean your dogs ears as part of a consistent dog grooming routine. Cleaning is quite straightforward and can be completed using a soft cloth and some ear cleanser. Simply lift the ears and gently rub some cleanser into the ears and any dirt should work loose and be cleaned up. Most ears don't need cleaned but just examined to make sure there is no wax evident on the outer ear.
Dogs with floppy ears are very prone to infection as they flop over and stop air from circulating which is vital in maintaining healthy ears. Hair follicles grow and this further stops air from circulating. If you are grooming your dog regularly, by paying attention to the these areas we can take care of this hair before any problems begin.
Look for these tell tale signs to spot if your dog has an infection
If your dog is suffering from an ear infection and you haven't yet been able to visit the vet you can try some dog first aid of your own. Cod Liver Oil or Vitamin E Oil can be used to alleviate the pain by placing a couple of drops in the affected ear. White vinegar can also be used to clean your dogs ears.
Posted: 22 Sep 2011 07:57 AM PDT
Dog jumping up on people a common dog behavior problem
Is your dog jumping up on people? Are you embarrassed when your pet greets your guests by putting it's dirty paws all over your visitor's clean clothes? Do you want to learn how to teach your dog to quit greeting you by jumping up? With these tips you can easily teach your dog how to stop jumping up on people.
As a dog owner, I am sure you are familiar with this common problem. When you bring a friend or family member home your four-legged friend passionately greets them by jumping up on them. As a result you are either too embarrassed to bring people over to your house or people are hesitant to visit for fear that they will be annoyed by your overly friendly pooch. To solve the dilemma, your faithful companion is locked away or left outside when you have company. Follow these easy tricks to teach your dog to stop jumping up on you and your guests
Training your dog to not jump up on people tips
Practice these techniques every time you come home or go into the yard to avoid reinforcing the wrong behavior and having setbacks in training your dog to not jump up on people. One of the best ways to stop your dog from jumping up on you in greeting is to not be overly enthusiastic when you greet them. Always greet your dog in a calm manner. Avoid looking at or talking to your dog when you first come home or go into the yard. When your dog is calmly standing or sitting next to you, squat or kneel down and greet them by holding your open hands toward them with your palms up and offering praise.
Try to stop your dog from jumping up by putting one or both hands in front of you and holding still. When they are not jumping up on you and are calmly waiting for your affection, tell them "Good Off" and then reward them by greeting them or offering them a treat. Resist the urge to give them the "Off" command until they have demonstrated the correct behavior. It is best not to introduce verbal commands at first. They will learn the command by having the right action associated with it.
Knowing how to react when your dog starts jumping up is very important. As you probably know, shouting at them to "get off" and shoving them away doesn't work. Becoming angry and yelling will only cause them to get even more excited as they may misinterpret your anger as excitement. In the same respect, forcefully pushing them away from you could be interpreted as a form of play. The best solution is to turn your back and ignore them. As you do this, calmly ask them to sit. Do not repeatedly shout at them to sit if they continue to jump, just say the command once, wait for them to calm down and then ask them to sit again. Repeat the process if they continue to jump. When they are sitting calmly, turn and greet them.
Once your dog has learned to quit jumping up on you in greeting, you can train them to not jump up on your guests. If they no longer jump up on you, chances are they will now greet your guests in the same manner. Before you open the door for a guest or let them into the house, give your dog the "Off" command in a firm voice. Ask your guests to not look at or speak to your dog if they jump up on them. Ask them to only greet your dog when they are sitting calmly. Try to enlist the help of a few friends and family members who will help you with this training. Repeating this technique with several different people will help teach your dog not to jump up on all of the people you invite into your home, not just members of your household.
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