The term ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and it is one (of many) things humans and dogs share. And just like humans, ACL tears are some of the most common types of orthopedic injuries that happen to dogs. Ligaments act like rubber bands that connect the bones in our bodies and help to stabilize our legs when we walk, run, change direction or even stand up or sit down. With the right amount of pressure, ligaments can tear. One of the most serious and common tears occurs in the knees, which is where the ACL is located. ACL tears in dogs are extremely painful, and if they are not treated correctly, can permanently affect your dog’s ability to run or even walk…
Emergencies are unpredictable and scary. If your dog gets hit by a car or a fire breaks out in your home when you are away but Fido is home, what will you do. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for the worst.
Your dog escaped the house and wandered off. Or perhaps they were hoping out of the car or crossing the street into incoming traffic. Then the worst happens. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Although the thought of having your dog getting hit by a car is scary, it’s good to be prepared and know what to do should you be stuck in this high-stress situation.
So many questions come to mind when you think about what would happen if your dog bit someone. “What do I do to stop my dog? Is everyone okay? Do I need to call for help? Do I report the incident to someone? Could I get sued?” My dog hurting someone is the last thing I would ever imagine. Not only could someone get seriously injured but my beloved pup could be taken away. As dog owners, it’s important that we know what to do should our dogs bite someone.
If a disaster or pandemic strikes, you need to worry about your pets in addition to yourself. Remember that if it’s dangerous for you, there are also hazards for your pet. So if you are evacuating (or quarantined at) your home, be sure to plan for your furry, scaly or other textured pets also. Pet disaster preparedness can save your best friend’s life…
You’re hiking along with your dog when suddenly she trips over a rock and starts limping. What do you do? When hiking and camping, you probably bring a first aid kit for humans, but don’t forget to be equally prepared for your furry friend. Learn some of the most common injuries for dogs and what to include in your dog emergency kit, so you are prepared to help.
Warm weather is ideal for pet owners to enjoy the outdoors with their furry best friend. It’s tempting to take Fido with you to run errands and on family trips. But what happens when your dog becomes too hot? As the temperature rises, dog owners must be aware of the potential warning signs of heat stroke in dogs and how to prevent it before it’s too late.
Every pet parent should know how important it is to recognize when their dog is unwell and seek prompt treatment if required. But it’s not always easy to tell if your dog is unwell. For example, how do you know if your dog has a fever? Can you safely take their temperature at home? And if you do manage to take their temperature, how do you know whether it’s high or not? What is a dog’s normal temperature? Let’s find out how you can spot the signs of a fever in your dog and what their normal temperature should be.
Seeing your dog in a life-threatening situation can be a frightening and stressful experience, especially if the dog is unresponsive. Equipping yourself with the knowledge to effectively recognize and take action treating your dog’s condition can keep you calm and greatly increase your dog’s chance of survival.