Dog Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common problem in dogs, mostly because they will put almost anything in their mouth. It can also be caused by more serious problems, which requires close attention, especially if it occurs frequently.

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Control of Dogs

Dangerous out of control – It is a criminal offence (Dangerous Dog Act 1991) to allow your dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’ either in a public place or on private property e.g. your home. A ‘dangerously out of control’ dog can be defined as a dog that has injured someone or a dog that a person has grounds to reasonably believe that it may injure somebody.  Something as simple as your dog chasing, barking at or jumping up at a person or child could result in an investigation, so ensure your dog is under control at all times. If your dog injures somebody, it may be seized and if convicted you could face a lengthy prison sentence and/or fine. Your dog could also be euthanized (unless you can persuade the Courts that it is not a danger to the public, in which case it may be subject to a control order).

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Do you know AED signs have now changed?

AED signs design has been changed to make them clearer and encourage more people to use an AED. Not only has the sign changed but the UK Resuscitation Council and the British Heart Foundation have produced a poster (above) to along with the new design.

The new AED location sign makes the following changes to the current one:

  • It changes the lightning bolt icon into a stylised ECG heart trace – respondents overwhelmingly said they would be more likely to use a sign with this icon on.
  • The description is changed to “Defibrillator – Heart Restarter” – respondents said they thought this term would most encourage them to use the device.
  • A supine person was added, showing the suggested placement of the defibrillator pads, to reinforce how the device should be used.

The supporting information poster was reviewed by experts and is consistent with the 2015 Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines. It reinforces the following key messages about PAD and the use of an AED:

  • Anyone can use an AED – you do not need prior medical or first-aid training
  • It is easy to use – just follow its instructions
  • It is for use on an unconscious person not breathing normally

You can download a JPEG copy of the sign below

AED_Poster

AED_Sign

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Pet poison of the week – Carbon Monoxide

PET POISON OF THE WEEK – CARBON MONOXIDE
Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe, life-threatening
Common signs to watch for:
• Neurologic impairment (e.g., altered mentation, seizures, coma, deafness)
• Difficulty breathing
• Acute death

Carbon monoxide (CO), a poisonous gas that is produced from fires, car exhaust systems, and generators, is toxic to all species. When inhaled in high enough concentrations, it causes oxygen starvation (e.g., hypoxia) to the cells of the body. In dogs and cats, poisoning from carbon monoxide occurs secondary to fires/smoke inhalation or secondary to generator system failures. Carbon monoxide causes the red blood cells not to carry oxygen, and results in severe toxicity to the heart and central nervous system. Signs of poisoning include neurologic impairment (e.g., altered mentation, seizures, coma, deafness), difficulty breathing, or acute death. Treatment includes oxygen therapy and aggressive symptomatic and supportive care.
If you think your dog or cat were exposed to carbon monoxide gas, call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for life-saving treatment advice. Be aware that this gas is poisonous to you also, and take appropriate and careful measures to protect yourself also!
Poison type: Toxic Gases
Alternate names: CO, smoke inhalation, monoxide

TELEPHONE YOUR VET ASAP
REMEMBER PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN THE CURE