Who doesn’t love a game of fetch? Whether it be with a frisbee, ball or stick. Rhino our favourite Staffy is a huge fan of fetch but recently found himself at the vet after catching a stick which was then lodged in his throat!
Vet’s are working hard to educate pet owners about the dangers of sticks as it becomes an increasingly common case. In Summer when people are spending more time outdoors with their pet injuries can occur when a dog runs onto a stick in the ground, forcing it down their throat and cutting under the tongue or even tearing the gullet further back.
But this isn’t the only injury. Below are other injuries throwing sticks can have.
Eye: There is direct damage to the eye. If the force of the penetration is great enough, the stick can result in damage to your dog’s brain, too.
Mouth: Stick penetration in the mouth can damage a lot of important structures, including the tongue, laryngeal and pharyngeal tissues, palate (“roof”) of the mouth, teeth, esophagus, and trachea. These traumas can also damage the nerves or blood vessels within your dog’s neck, and, depending on the direction the stick takes, there can be significant damage to your dog’s sinuses or brain.
Chest: As you might imagine, with all of the important structures that are present within the chest cavity, the damage that a stick penetration in this area can be severe. Along with the heart and lungs, the chest also houses many large blood vessels and important nerves, as well as the diaphragm, trachea, and esophagus.
Abdomen: Stick penetration in this area can easily result in damage to multiple important organs. Commonly affected organs include the stomach, liver, spleen, and intestines.
To make matters worse, the initial damage caused by the penetration of the stick isn’t always indicative of the full extent of a dog’s injuries. Despite best efforts, it’s often possible for small fragments or splinters of wood to be missed during initial surgical exploration of such puncture wounds, because sticks shatter and splinter upon impact. Wood itself doesn’t necessarily show up on X-rays, especially small splinters of wood.
We went to visit Rhino after his ordeal and brought him a Purina Chew Squeaky Stick. We know he will love it when he is all better which after a couple of weeks rest
Rhino’s brother and sister (Tank and Peach who are both rescue dogs) spent time chilling out in the cool while Rhino got better.
As the year draws to a close we have noticed friends and family winding down and with this has come the flu, and illness. WHICH TOTALLY SUCKS! One of our favourite bloggers Curose the Celebrity Dachshund (who is only slightly more famous then Sausage & Sanchez) knows how to deal with illness though and Han’s is keen to jump on board. Check out this Vine.
To view Curose’s full blog post – Click here
The latest from S&S in pictures. It’s Christmas – who reads on the holidays? It’s way more fun to tell a story through pictures. So here here is what we have been up to.
Our latest foster baby (who I really wanted to keep) was finally heavy enough to be desexed and adopted… What’s even better is that Penny got a home with her sister Piranha – There names are now changed and they have a home with three happy little kids who love them very much… WIN! I love knowing my foster babies are loved by their new families.
VINE VIDEO’S – I am obsessed with the animal vids – and during some vine viewing I came across a new breed of cat called a MUNCHKIN that looks like a Ragdoll hooked up with a Dachshund!
Check them out here
DOGS & CHOCOLATE
Hans – the worlds sneakiest dog was sniffing out the Christmas chocolate under the tree and by the time Christmas was over had perfected the ‘please mum’ face! NO HANS, NO!
Hans & Odie also got in some beach time – Loving life.
Odie even made some new friends – We hope that the Sanchez’s new years resolution is to be nice to people and to stop giving them a puncture mark upon entry to our home.
Our favourite Staffy Rhino had an unfortunate meeting with a stick. More on this story later – But suffice to say he spent Christmas at the vet and has a pretty mean scar – (impressing all his four legged pals)
We hope you had a really great break and look forward to spending 2014 with you, bigger and brighter than ever
I have been lucky enough to foster the worlds most adorable puppies for the next couple of weeks while they grow healthy, strong and old enough to be desexed. While their cuteness is beyond even Ryan Gossling cute, their charm quickly fades when they leave their droppings and little puddles throughout the house and on your favourite rug. GRRRRR.
My little darlings are six week old Chihuahua’s.. They were born at the Animal Welfare League Qld after their mother arrived as a stray. It was an unexpected birth and very quick and before we knew it Pirana, Sasha Fierce and their two brothers were born. (Yes I know they have crazy names but they are names I have given them so as not to become to attached - and by the way it isn’t working).
Hans is obsessed by these little critters and lays down while they jump and play around him.
So back to toilet training…. here are some tips to save your floors, feet and furniture from puppy poopies.
Toilet training should start as soon as your puppy gets home. Puppies urinate frequently and success in housetraining depends on anticipating their needs – they should be given the opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours. You can usually tell when a puppy ‘wants to go’ because he or she will look around anxiously, walk in circles and start sniffing in suitable corners looking for a place. That’s your cue to whisk your pet outside.
Voice your cues.
Whatever the weather, puppies should be taken outside after they have woken up, or had something to drink or eat. Once out of the house, say a command such as ‘Go Now’ so they know it’s OK to relieve themselves. Praise them when they go, but ignore them when they fail. And if you do find a puddle inside, don’t tell your pup off unless you catch him or her in the act; otherwise your pet will have no idea why they’re being punished.
A puppy should be taken outside after the following:
- When he wakes up first thing in the morning (before, if you manage to get up before the puppy)
- After each and every meal
- After each and every nap
- Before he goes to bed for the night.
Never, ever ‘rub their nose in it’.
Old-fashioned responses such as ‘rubbing the dog’s nose in it’ or administering any form of punishment will not teach the dog anything, in fact it may actually delay the learning process. The dog may instead learn that toileting in front of the owner is inappropriate and this then makes rewarding toileting (when they do go in the right spot) difficult.
DID YOU KNOW PUPPIES CAN PEE UP TO 12 TIMES A DAY! EEEK
You can paper-train small breeds and young puppies on newspapers or ‘wee pads’. Praise them with lots of affection when the newspaper is used and ignore them when it’s not. Be careful not to get in the habit of praising with food treats, because you run the risk of overfeeding. Over time, move the newspapers towards the door and then out into the garden. Take a small piece of soiled paper outside, as the puppy recognises its own unique scent and will want to reinforce it.
An alternative method to paper training is crate (puppy playpen) training, where puppies are taught to wait in their own, special space before they’re taken outside. The key is to give them an opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours, especially after eating, sleeping or playing.
It’s important not to be angry when accidents happen indoors – you have a puppy, it’s bound to happen. Just be sure to clean the area thoroughly to avoid the having the puppy return to the same spot next time.
When it comes to adult dogs, start by keeping them confined to a designated space. Make a point of taking your dog outside on a regular basis, and when he or she ‘goes’, offer lots of hugs and praise. Same as for puppies, if there is an indoor accident, neutralise the area to prevent them going there again.
- Training between 8-16 weeks needs to be consistent. This is the time when puppies learn that they’re either in a safe or a dangerous environment. Make your puppy’s world a safe one and treat him to consistent, caring house training. Also accept that bladder control is poor for puppies in this age range and he may appear to know what’s expected one day but let go the next. Do not take this as being difficult––it’s simply the act of a baby still learning to control his bladder.
- By 16 weeks: A puppy can usually hold his bladder for up to four hours. (Prior to this, the bladder can withstand about 2 hours before the puppy must go.)
- At 4-6 months: Puppies in this age group can often seem “half” house trained due to their ability to be easily distracted. He’s likely to want to explore the world, which means chasing a moth might prevent him from eliminating when you take him to his spot. By now, a puppy of four months can wait about four to five hours before needing to eliminate, while a puppy of six months can go as long as six or seven hours.
- 6-12 months: Sexual maturity can cause males to raise their legs and pee on furniture, while females can come on heat. The bladder can cope with seven to eight hours before eradication is needed again.
- 12-24 months: Depending on the breed, your puppy may not be an adult yet. Hopefully you’ve established house training well by now, but if not, you can still do so, even for adult dogs.
The Gold Coast Bulletin came to the shelter to photograph Neil Anderson out founding member of AWLQ. At 92 years of age this legend is still on the board and making improvements in all areas of animal welfare
WHAT ODIE ACTUALLY THINKS OF MONDAY
Turns out I wasn’t the only one – I paid the Big Brother set a visit in the afternoon and was treated like a rock star when everyone saw the puppies – I’m now known as the lady with the cute puppies – there are worse nicknames I guess
How could these guys be split up – they couldn’t – lucky their new owners thought the same and adopted both! Stoked!!!
I also met cookie and sweetpea the cats who needed a home together – they were breeding cats and took a while to come out of their shell but luckily their personalities and stunning looks found them a new home in no time flat
Got to work and found another Sausage & Sanchez both looking for a new home meet them at http://www.awlqld.com.au