How To Stop A Dog’s Nail From Bleeding Quickly And Safely
A dog’s nails are made up of keratin (the same stuff as human fingernails). When a dog scratches or bites its nails, they grow longer and sharper than those of humans.
This causes the skin around them to become irritated and painful. Dogs have four toes on each foot, but only three toe pads. They use their claws to dig into the ground and pull out small pieces of earth. These tiny bits of dirt get caught in their nails and cause the pain.
The problem with this is that when a dog pulls its nails, these little bits of dirt get stuck in the nail bed and bleed easily. If left untreated, this bleeding can lead to infection or even death if not treated quickly.
There are several things that can be done to prevent this from happening:
1) Keep your dog away from sharp objects.
Try to keep your dog off of sharp rocks, wood, metal, etc. If possible try to keep him or her indoors at all times.
Make sure the floor is smooth so there isn’t any debris that could cause a nail to stick in it. Don’t leave your dog outside unattended either! If you’re at work or away at school, ask a friend or family member to come and stay with your pet so that he or she doesn’t hurt himself or chew on anything.
2) Make sure nails are kept short.
This is the easiest way to prevent the above problems. If your dog has his or her nails kept at a reasonable length, it’s less likely for them to stick into things and get caught in their nails.
3) If your dog’s nail does start to become caught in it and the bleeding hasn’t stopped, DO NOT PANIC.
This is a very common problem so don’t think that you’ve done something wrong. Just follow these steps to help your pet:
1. Using a blunt object (wooden spoon, credit card, etc), grab the dog’s nail that is caught and try to carefully pull it out of the nailbed.
2. Alternatively, you can take a pair of pliers or gripping tool and try to grab the nail yourself.
Be careful not to cause too much pain for your pet!
3. If these techniques don’t work, take your pet to the veterinarian right away.
This is very important to prevent infection or further complications from setting in.
4) After the nail has been removed, apply an antiseptic ointment to the wound and bandage it up to prevent dirt from getting in.
5) As a last resort, you can take your dog to the emergency clinic or veterinarian.
They will most likely sedate your pet and then remove the nail. This is very effective but comes with a price.
Hopefully this information will help you in some way!
How to give a dog a pill – (by Dog Breeds)
Have you ever had one of those moments when you really just wish you could get that pill down your dogs throat without a fight, well here’s how. Here,s what you do; Open their mouth as wide as you can and look down their throat.
You should be able to see something that looks like a palette (it looks like a heart but isn’t). Aim the pill at that and give’em a little push with your finger. It should go right down. Make sure you close their mouth quick though so they don’t spit it out!
How to tell if a dog is sick – (by Dog Breeds)
Lets face it, we really can’t afford to take our dogs to the vet all the time, but we still need to know when they’re sick right?
Well here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:
1. Loss of Appetite – This one is easy, your dog isn’t eating his food.
This may or may not be accompanied by other signs so keep on reading.
2. Vomiting – Pretty self explanatory.
If they’re vomiting you might also see diarhea, or the color of their vomit might be different than usual (green, yellow, etc).
3. Diarhea – You probably don’t want to handle this one, but check your dog’s fecal matter.
If it’s loose and runny (Like water) then you probably have a sick dog on your hands.
4. Lethargy – If your dog is sleeping a lot more than usual, not wanting to play or even walk very much, it might just be old age but it could also be something else.
5. Loss of Co-ordination – This is a sign of something really wrong so you should probably take your dog to the veterinarian right away if this occurs.
6. Eye Discharge – If your dog’s eyes are red or have gunk coming from them, (it will probably look like tears) then go see a vet!
7. Loss of Vision – Same concept as above, just worse.
You can’t wait around to see if this gets better.
8. Increased Thirst and Hunger – If your dog is constantly begging for food and water, or just water, then there might be something wrong.
There are other signs of course, but these are the most common ones. Good Luck!
How to introduce a new dog into your home – (By Dog Breeds)
Puppies are loads of fun. Cute as a button and so playful.
It is no wonder that most people want a cute ball of fur to bounce around the house. But before you get carried away and fall in love with the little critters at the petstore or breeder, there are some things that you must consider before bringing one home.
1. Are you ready to make a 15 year commitment? It’s not just buying a dog, you are making a lifetime commitment to care for and feed it.
If you are getting a puppy, you have to decide right then if you are going to be able to deal with the housetraining, the destruction of your house, the biting, the loudness of their bark when they get older and more. If not, then do not get a dog.
2. Do you have kids? If you do, you need to determine if they are ready for the responsibility of a dog.
Kids under 5 around dogs are a recipe for disaster. The child is not capable of understanding how fragile a puppy’s bones are, and can easily injure or kill the dog by simply falling on it.
Also, the child doesn’t understand the concept of silence when the dog is sleeping or eating. And most children (even teenagers) lack the patience required to teach a young puppy good behavior. Always ask yourself if your child is able to be responsible enough for a pet. Otherwise you will be the one cleaning up poop in the middle of the night and setting your alarm on weekends to take the dog for a walk.
3. Will you have the time to care for it? Dogs require a tremendous amount of attention.
They get bored easily and are often mischievous when left alone.
If you work 12 hour days, what is going to happen to your dog while you are away?
4. Are you willing to make the
VA jump through a million hoops to get a pet?
Many housing authorities will not allow pets and even those that do, require you to go through hell to get it approved.
5. Are you able to afford a pet? The initial cost of getting a dog is expensive, but so is taking care of it for 15 years.
Food, medical bills, toys, and supplies add up quickly. Also consider the cost of taking your pet to the vet once a year for checkups and vaccinations (which are both required).
6. How big will my furry friend grow up to be? Different breeds grow to different sizes as adults (example: Irish Wolfhound vs Chihuahua) but you should still have some idea of how big your dog will get.
If you already have a house with roommates, you need to make sure that everyone is okay with the size of the dog.
7. How much exercise does this breed need? Some dogs are content to sit on the couch all day and others require lots of walks and play time.
If you are out most of the day at work and your dog is left home alone, make sure you get one that doesn’t need to be walked several times a day, because no one is going to do it but you.
8. Is there someone at your present location that can take care of your pet if anything happens to you? Even the most lovable dogs can turn into “man-eaters” if they end up hungry and neglected for an extended period of time.
If you get a dog, make sure that someone can take care of it for you if you are deployed, or otherwise are unable to care for it.
9. Does your job allow them? While more and more companies are allowing pets at work, there are still many that do not allow them.
You don’t want to hassle with getting a pet, only to have to give it up shortly after getting it due to work restrictions.
10. Is your present home pet friendly? As stated above, more and more landlords are allowing pets, but if you have a particularly strict one, or are paying rent by the month at the local motel, you may find that you don’t have any legitimate place to keep your pet.
This can be frustrating if you have a pet and want to keep it.
11. Is anyone else allergic to pets? Some people have life-threatening reactions to being around certain animals.
If you have people living with you that are allergic to pets, be it a boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate, wife, husband, or child, you may want to reconsider getting one. It is not fair to the allergen to force him or her to stay around something they are allergic to.
12. Do you have the money and responsibility to look after an animal? It’s not just the purchase price you need to concern yourself with.
They have lots of other little expenses that you may not anticipate. Make sure you factor in a pet into your monthly expenses so that you are not caught short when their food or medical bills suddenly come up.
13. Are you willing to give up free time for it? A pet is a lot of responsibility and will take a lot of your time and attention.
For example, if you get a dog, you will most likely have to take it for walks several times a day and never know when it might “have to go” when out on one of these walks. You may also have to clean up after it. If you get a cat, you will most likely have to clean out its litter box daily. You may also have to give up your weekends to take it to the vet.
14. Do you have the patience for it? While some people may get puppies and think that they are just so cute that they can do no wrong, those people soon learn that this is not the case.
Before they are housebroken, they will most likely have “an accident” somewhere in the house. This is not due to bad behavior, but rather due to their little puppy bodies not able to contain all the fluids their little bodies need to function. Also, chewing everything they see is a normal part of being a puppy. While this may be cute for a while, you will soon want them to grow out of this behavior as they could easily chew something important (and expensive) to bits. This also includes things they see you value such as books, shoes, or furniture. Now if you are the type of person that can look past all this, then that’s great! You will have many happy years with your pet!
15. Have you had one before? If you have never owned a pet before, you may want to start with something smaller and see if you like being a pet owner first.
For example, a friend of mine wanted a dog but he knew he didn’t have the time to walk it every day. So he got a fish instead. After a few months, he realized owning a pet wasn’t for him and regretted getting one in the first place. So if you are unsure, start small and work your way up.
16. Can you afford the license, shots, food, treats, toys, collar, etc? As I mentioned above, owning a pet is not exactly cheap.
You have to pay for its food every week/month, plus pay for its shots and license. They also may need other essentials, like a bed, leash, treats, and toys.
17. Are you prepared to spend lots of time with it? If you work long hours every day or are away from home a lot, a pet may not be for you.
The best pets are the ones that get plenty of attention from their owners. You may want to consider getting a pet that is more self-sufficient like a fish or a plant.
18. Are you prepared to care for it when it gets old? Pets have a set life span just like we do.
While the majority of that time is usually spent being young and carefree, you need to be ready and willing to take care of an elderly pet. This may mean more expensive medical treatment or even special food.
19. Is someone else ready and willing? While this isn’t necessary, a second person to care for the pet is always a big help.
If you work all day, a pet sitter or relative can come in and feed or walk your pet. If you die first, someone can also take ownership of the pet or it can be rehomed.
20. Do you have any allergies? This should be common sense, but you may be extremely allergic to one thing and slightly allergic to another.
For example, I am highly allergic to cats but can tolerate small amounts of dog dander. If you have a condition such as this, pets may not be for you.
21. Have you researched the costs? As I mentioned before, having a pet isn’t exactly cheap.
There are the obvious things like food and toys, but you also need to pay for their shots, license, if you decide to take it to a vet at some point, you will have to pay for that too. If the pet has any sort of medical condition or gets hurt, you will have to take it to see a vet. While this isn’t an expert on all things pet ownership, I hope I have given you something to think about before getting one. 🙂
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