In 2010, we ran a piece in the Healthy Pet Network Newsletter on tips and resources for those that had the desire and passion to help animals but were relatively new to this worthy endeavor.

Many people have not had a chance to read and access the information so with this being such a relevant issue today, I thought it a good idea to update and release this article.

Rescue Tips and Resources

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Do you know what to do if you encounter a dog in an emergency situation? Whether it’s your own dog or a dog you’ve never seen before, your actions can save a life. Here are some steps you can take.

Two Crucial Steps

In every dog health emergency stay calm and think. Approach an injured dog cautiously. Dogs may become aggressive when they are fearful or in pain. If the dog bites you or you become injured yourself you won’t be able to help.

Dog Emergency 1 — Traffic Accident

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Helpful Hints

1. If you live in an apartment, consider putting an “animals inside” sign on your door. In case of fire, your pet’s chances of survival may increase if the firemen know.

2. Keep carrying cases, leads, etc. in an easily accessible location. If you must leave quickly, time spent looking for these items is time lost.

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SARDS – Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome

Today article (video) is from Dr Plechner DVM. It is entitled:

“ There is Treatment for a SARDS Dog with Sudden Blindness” 

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Dogs are some of the most incredible animals on earth, they love humans unconditionally, will happily obey our wishes and keep us company anytime we need it. However, at times they can be a little excessive at certain things like licking or chewing. If your dog has developed a habit of licking his paws or chewing the insides of his legs until they are raw then you have a problem that needs to be addressed. Let’s look at a couple of the different reasons they may be excessively licking their paws.

One of the first things that you’ll want to look for is if your dog seems to have a problem with ticks and fleas. There are certain types of ticks that like the warm dark space between your dogs toes, or paws. If you sit down under some bright light and check between all the toes, you might be surprised at how many ticks can fit in there hidden. Fleas also like the warm dark area of the dogs paws and will be seen scurrying out of the way as soon as the lights hits them. If it turns out that this is the problem, then your dog is easily cured by using some good quality, natural flea and tick product to kill the offending bugs. Their paws may continue to itch for several days.

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