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Summer Days Doggie Dangers: 1. Foxtails!
While a year-round problem due to California's warm weather, summer
presents an ABUNDANCE of various grass plants that poise great risk
to our furry family members. Both dogs and cats are highly
susceptible to fallen victim to the dangerous "barbed" seeds on
these species. A particular plant, known as Purple Fountain Grass,
has become extremely popular in landscape design. Most people don't
know about it's "Foxtail" status and plant it in their yards.
Whether walking your dog around the neighborhood, or taking them
for a hike, beware of the dreaded "Foxtail" dangers. The barbed
seeds enter through the ears, eyes, nose and even the skin (paw).
Not only are they irritating and painful to the animal, they
migrate through the body causes infections. If the seed settles in
the brain or lungs, the results can be fatal. It is best to keep
summer grass cut low, avoid walking in areas that are "decorated"
with these plants, take EXTRA caution hiking and check your dog's
entire body after each walk to ensure there are no seeds/debris
stuck to him. Following are common symptoms:
â¢ NOSE: when inhaled a dog will sneeze violently
and may bang his nose on the ground; possible mucus or blood
â¢ EYES: dog may scratch at eye from irritation
and eye may "glue" shut
â¢ EARS: pawing at ear, shaking side to side
violently...more so than he might with a simple infection
â¢ PAW/SKIN: The seeds can get caught in the paw
or lodge unseen under the coat. They are able to migrate through
the skin. If you find a lump that is painful to the touch, get to a
vet. If your dog's behavior suddenly becomes aggitated, yelps for
"no reason", scratches his head on the ground, spins in circles
licks or bites at any specific area of body "for no reason", please
â¢MOUTH: In the mouth, foxtail seeds can cause
gagging or difficulty swallowing. If the seed gets caught between
the teeth, in the gums, back of throat or tongue, problems can
While certain breeds are most susceptible to extreme heat than
others (ie: Pugs, Bulldogs), ALL dogs in SoCal are in danger of the
summer's heat. 80-100 degree air temps outside, means 95-120 degree
heat in the direct sun and dogs fall victim fast and unexpectedly.
Remember, just because YOU can "stand" the heat does NOT mean your
poor pooch can! Some things you can do this summer to protect your
canine child are as follows: â¢ Always ensure they
have a cool place to retreat. There are outdoor misting fans to
help beat the heat while hanging out in the
yardâ¦nice for humans too!
â¢Always make sure FRESH water is available where
they like to hang out so they don't have to go to far to
re-hydrate. Remember, they like to be near you so even if they are
in dyer need of a drink â they may not leave to
get one. Or they may be too weak and tired to move.
â¢ Do NOT give them cold water from the fridge.
Refrigerated water can upset their stomachs and hasten dehydration.
Instead, change the water in their bowl frequently to ensure the
sun doesn't compromise the temperature.
â¢ Do not walk them or encourage them to play hard
on hot summer days. Better to save that activity for when the sun
goes down. Dogs love to please and play with their owners, even if
their lives are at riskâ¦and heatstroke can be
fatal - fast.
â¢ When you do go for a walk, carry a small bottle
of water and a travel bowl for them to drink from.
FOR SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR, AND WHAT TO DO IF YOUR DOG SUCCUMBS TO
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3. Bee Stings!
More dogs get stung by bees simply when walking in the grass than
most may think. Those little white flowers (weeds) on the lawn
attract bees and if a dog steps on one â OUCH! If
you know your dog only suffered one Bee sting, you can likely treat
the little one yourself and save a trip to the vet. If you are
unsure, witness extreme reaction, or if the dog was bit multiple
times â FIRST, give the dog a Benadryl (dose by
body weight and ORIGINAL formula only) and GET HIM TO THE VET
IMMEDIATELY. Otherwise, here are some steps you can take to give
your pooch some first aid care: â¢ STINGER. You'll
want to make sure that you get the stinger 100% out. If left in it
can cause further irritation and still leak venom.
â¢ BENADRYL. Original formula ONLY. Most suggest
to "administer up to 1mg for every pound your dog weighs / 3 times
a day" - about every 8 hours. Now the 1mg per pound of dog is a
rule of thumb. So technically for a 20lb dog, you could give 20mg
but the tablets come in 25mg form and my vet instructs me to give
my 19lb Pug ONE 25mg pill, twice daily, for 3 days. That's
obviously a little more than the "golden" rule. For 12lb Chihuahuas
I cut the small 25mg tablet into four pieces and give 1/4 tablet
every eight hours, or I may give them 1/2 of the tablet at the time
of sting and 1/4 dose thereafter. For dogs 25lbs and up, I
administer 1 tablet across the board. Be cautious with dosage for
dogs under 10lbs. â¢ BAKING SODA PASTE. Usually
the above two steps take care of the situation but baking soda
paste can help draw out the venom. Make a paste by mixing some
Baking Soda and water. Applying it to the affected area may be a
challenge if your little one is a squirmer, but the effort is worth
it. â¢ "ICE-PACK". If your dog allows you, you can
help reduce inflammation with a cold compress: on a couple minutes
and off a couple minutes of the affected area. Never put ice
directly on to a dog's skin. I like to soak a thin washcloth in
cold water and stick it in the freezer for under a minute. It
doesn't take long. If the towel gets stiff - let it soften a bit
and then hold it on the affected area. â¢ BE
ATTENTIVE. Whatever you decide to do, it is best that the dog not
be left unattended for the next 12 hours to ensure that there are
no allergic or other adverse reactions (ie: difficulty breathing,
increased swelling, lethargy, repeated shaking of an area). If you
notice any of the before mentioned, please get your dog to the vet
immediately. He is likely allergic to the bee venom. FOR MORE BEE
STING INFORMATION & SAFETY/TREATMENTS, CLICK HERE: http://timitalks.com/?p=380 4.
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