Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Dog Safety

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It was just a simple two-step shuffle to avoid tripping over my dog and then I fell. Reaching my hands out to avoid crashing my head into the curb, I broke my left wrist.

I thus became one of the more than 86,000 people a year who end up in the emergency room after tripping over their family pet. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) most of those falls (76,000 or 88%) were caused by dogs.

crash test dog dummy

When I’m setting out for a drive with Fido in the car, guilt climbs into the passenger seat beside me.

Guilt because Fido is riding around unrestrained in the back seat where he could easily go flying and get hurt if I brake suddenly or we (God forbid!) get into an accident.

We tried a seat belt harness, but Fido slithered right out of it. We often drive with a friend and her dog, Red, a 50-pound Jindo mix, who has to be restrained or he’d try to hijack the car. When we tried a seat belt harness with him, he managed repeatedly to step on the seat belt locking mechanism and free himself. Currently, we’re using a Kurgo zip line with him.  The zip line attaches to the hand holds above the back doors. It runs through the loop in his seat belt harness, allowing him movement but keeping him safely in the back seat.

It isn’t perfect and we’ll tell you why — and it doesn’t hold a candle against some of the restraints that have undergone the most strict testing recently.

Hidden treats, new bunnies and chicks and savory smells of the dinner to come, what’s a dog not to like about Easter?

A dog, with a sense of smell 1,000 to 10 million times better than ours, will beat out a child on a Easter egg hunt paws down. But if the hidden treat is a foil-wrapped chocolate egg, the dog is in danger of poisoning. Edible — but dangerous — temptations for a dog abound on social holidays like Easter.

JJ the American Street Dog

Diane Rose-Solomon’s book, JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, is the delightful story of a found dog and the family who welcomed him into their home.

The book has received applause from readers and reviewers as well as a Mom’s Choice Award.

The original JJ the street dog

When her own family decided to get their first dog, Rose-Solomon recalled, she imagined getting a golden retriever from a well-researched breeder.

The best thing to know during these dog days of summer are the signs of heat stroke. The best thing to do is make sure your dog never reaches that point.

One of the best ways to keep dogs cool in summer is to use a cool pad, vest or collar. Such aides are used by military or other working dogs, sporting dogs, show dogs or even pets to stay cool — or to cool down after exercise.

How Cool Pads Keep Dogs Cool

The pads get cool in a variety of ways:

  • Evaporation. This works like a swamp cooler. Polymer material inside the pad quickly absorbs water and slowly releases it for evaporation making the pad cool.
  • Heat transfer to water. This works like a water bed. Water absorbs heat well, helping to bring the dog’s temperature down. One variation on this is having a device to pump water across or through ice for more intense cooling.
  • Gel pads. These use a gel rather than water to transfer heat from the dog.  Some gel pads require cooling or freezing; some don’t.

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Veterinarian Ernie Ward put his passion for dogs where it really matters when he climbed into his parked car with a timer and a thermometer.

He recorded his reactions to the experience for a half hour, showing the rising temperatures every 10 minutes.

Once you’ve seen this video, you’ll never leave your dog in the car on a hot day with the windows cracked again.

Here’s another perspective with tips for what to do if you see a dog that has been left in a car:

If you see a dog left in a car on a warm day, consider some of the following actions:

  • Carry a supply of simple “Don’t Leave Me in Here — It’s Hot!” flyers to leave on the car’s windshield. Red Rover has a variety of flyers that can be downloaded or purchased for this purpose.
  • If the car is parked in a store parking lot, take down the license plate number, color, make and model of the car and ask the manager to make an announcement that the pet needs to be rescued from the hot car.
  • Call animal control and report the situation to them.  Be sure to have the location, license plate number, color, make and model of the car ready before you call.

I’ll confess: the thought of learning mouth-to-snout resuscitation was almost a deal-breaker.

I don’t even know human first aid, so the fact that I took on this class first shows how much value I put on Fido. My own cuts, scrapes and stomach upsets are easy to deal with, but faced with fur, fangs and a creature a fraction of my size, I’m left wringing my hands.

Or rather, I used to be. As a recent graduate of Denise Fleck’s Sunny-dog Ink Pet First Aid and CPR class, I now have the basic know-how and tools to respond for Joey’s sake.

Here are the key lessons I learned:

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