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First aid for the limping dog

What causes a limping dog?

limping dogA dog can limp for various reasons. Injuries that can result to a limping dog can happen because these animals are very active. A sprain will make a dog limp in the same manner that a stone lodged in the dog’s toes or a thorn in paw will prevent the dog from walking normally. The limping of the dog can be due to a broken nail. These are not serious concerns and after a while the dog’s limping will be gone.

A limping dog can be really hurt

Some cases of limping though are serious. The causes why the dog would refuse to put weight on the foot may need urgent attention as it can lead to permanent lameness. Limping dogs is more common in large breeds as the weight of the body makes it easy for paw, the foot or the fragile leg to get injured.

First aid for the limping dog

A dog owner has to have first aid knowledge as emergency care will be needed to help the pet. First aid treatments would stabilize the condition and save the pet from immense pain. A dog owner that see the limping dog will know at once that the pet has an injury.

The dog owner has to evaluate the injury of the pet. The paw, foot and leg must be thoroughly examined for cuts, swelling and other abnormalities. The limping can be due to a sprain thus the toes and the feet must be manipulated. The dog would yelp if the sprained foot is manipulated.

How to Treat & Prevent Your Dog’s Dry Skin

Dry skin in dogs is a very common ailment. As this video will show you there are preventative measures you can take as well as treatments you can put in place to help your dog with their dry skin. The result of dry skin is extreme itching and after a while all that scratching really takes its toll on your dog’s skin. Check out this video for some helpful hints on how to keep your dog’s skin healthy.

Find the right products for your pets dry skin.

What to do if your dog has a fever

Dogs like their human friends get fever too. Canine fever is a symptom of an underlying health concern. Fever occurs when the normal temperature is increased by the body in response to a bacterial or viral infection. The set point of normal body temperature for humans is 98°F while a dog’s normal body temperature is between 100°F to 102°F. The dogs inability to speak and the rather elevated temperature of dogs makes it harder for pet owners to know if the pet has a fever.

What signs should you look for to be able to tell if the dog has a fever? A healthy dog would be bright eyed and have an alert expression. We know how energetic dogs are but a sick pet would be lethargic. Sluggishness is one of the symptoms of fever and a dog that curls in a corner and sleeps all day is unwell. Dogs are food motivated but a fevered pet will have no interest in food. The behavior of the dog will change as well.

Dogs are affectionate pets and the indifference to the family’s attention is a glaring sign that something is wrong with the pet. Dogs with fever will have warmer nose, ears and fur. With a rectal thermometer, the temperature of the dog can be correctly determined. It would be best to use rectal thermometer as it would yield quick results.

There are many reasons for canine fever. Body temperature will rise of the dog is left outdoors in hot weather. Fever though is commonly caused by infection. Dogs are food motivated but they will turn away from food if they are sick. If the dog refuses to eat, the pet must at least be coached to drink to prevent dehydration. Use a syringe with the needle removed to get the pet to drink.

Pet owners “ignore” the fever of the dog as it is usually gone after a few days. Dog owners must be concerned if the fever lasts for days as in most cases the fever is attributed not to minor cuts and wounds but to a more serious medical concern. Fever that just happened – with no obvious reason would be the hardest to treat. A vet’s expertise will now be needed. A thorough physical exam and a battery of diagnostic test will be necessary as without a definitive diagnosis, the appropriate treatment cannot be administered.

Sarah’s Dogs provides more information on what to do if your dog has a fever and first aid for dogs.

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