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May 21, 2018   No Comments

Summer Crossed Rainbow Bridge

This morning we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Summer. Our hearts are broken. We are so lucky that she shared her life and love with us. Everyday she made coming home a special event. She welcomed us as if we had been gone for a few months rather that just a few hours. She was a world class snuggler and her fur was so soft, it was therapeutic to just pet her. Summer did a beautiful job helping her shy, quirky sister Sookie gain more confidence and learn the whole world is not scary. Sookie misses her so much already.

Thank you GRRSM for rescuing her and to Joe Johnson and Pat Johnson for trusting us to adopt her. We are so lucky to have been able to be with her wonderful soul. I’ll remember the times she was filled with such joy that she would spin around in circles to express it. We love you Summer and always will.

May 20, 2018   No Comments

Dog Paw Cuts and Scrapes: How to Treat a Paw Injury

Source: Whole Dog Journal

Your dog’s paw pads act much like the soles of sneakers, protecting your dog’s foot and cushioning each step. Paw pads are tough, but they can still be cut by sharp objects or worn off if your dog runs hard on rough terrain. What should you do when your dog cuts or tears a pad?

1. Clean the wound.

Gently flush the wound with water or an antiseptic, such as diluted chlorhexidine solution. If there is obvious debris, such as rocks or glass, remove it carefully. Don’t force anything that is lodged deep into the foot.

2. Control bleeding.

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Keeping your dog from licking a cut or scrape on his paw pad can be a challenge. In addition to bandaging material, you may need to use a bootie or an Elizabethan collar to prevent him from working to remove the bandage.

Apply pressure to the wound to stop any bleeding. Use a clean towel and an ice pack if available to encourage blood-vessel constriction. If only the outer layer of the pad has been worn off, there may not be much bleeding, but deeper wounds and punctures can bleed heavily. The time it takes for bleeding to stop will vary with the severity of the wound.

3. Evaluate the damage.

Minor paw injuries can be managed at home, but more severe ones require veterinary attention. Uncontrolled bleeding is an emergency – if your dog’s foot continues to bleed after several minutes of pressure, call your veterinarian and head for the clinic. Deep or jagged cuts may require sutures for optimal healing. Your dog may need to be sedated for sufficient cleaning of the wound if there is persistent debris, such as little bits of gravel, and something that is firmly lodged in the foot will need to be surgically removed. Your dog may also need antibiotics to protect against infection. If you are at all unsure, err on the side of a vet visit – your veterinarian can give you peace of mind and can give your dog the care he needs.

4. Bandage.

Place nonstick gauze or a Telfa pad directly over the cut. If available, a dab of triple antibiotic ointment is a good idea to prevent infection. This can be secured with paper tape. Then wrap your dog’s foot using roll gauze, Vetrap, or an elastic bandage. The bandage should be snug enough to stay on, but also needs to be loose enough to allow for proper circulation to your dog’s foot. You should be able to slide two fingers under the bandage. To prevent the bandage from slipping off, wrap all the way up to and including the next joint on your dog’s leg: carpus or wrist in front, hock in back. You can also place more tape around the top of the bandage.

Keep the bandage dry. Moisture provides an entrance for bacteria to get through the bandage and into the wound. You can use a commercial bootie to protect the bandage when your dog goes outside or just tape a plastic bag over it. Most paw bandages need to be changed daily, especially if there is still bleeding or a discharge present.

For minor scrapes that look like a rug burn, a liquid bandage can be used to cover the exposed nerve endings without needing a full traditional bandage. Keep the foot elevated while the liquid bandage dries, and don’t let your dog lick it.

5. Allow time for healing.

Your dog’s paw will heal faster if it’s protected until fully healed. Keep him quiet, and prevent him from running or chewing at the bandage (this may require the use of an Elizabethan collar). Even after your dog’s pad has healed enough that it isn’t painful to touch, it will still be tender and vulnerable to reinjury. Avoid activities that could damage the healing pad, or use a bootie to protect the foot. Healing time will vary depending on the size of the cut.

May 20, 2018   No Comments

May 18, 2018   No Comments

Last Call for 2019 Calendar Submissions

 

Deadline for submission is May 18, 2018.

email photos to:  kimjthomas18@yahoo.com

May 16, 2018   No Comments

Board Meeting

The GRRSM leadership team is meeting this Sunday.  Please let us know if there are any topics you would like us to discuss at: contact@goldenretrieverrescueofsouthernmaryland.org

May 15, 2018   No Comments

May 15, 2018   No Comments

Biggest Loser Tip

How to Help a Dog Lose Weight

The most critical factor in any dog weight-loss plan is diet—and both the type of food and the amount matter. Exercise is always encouraged, but exercise alone is usually insufficient for substantial weight loss. What’s really important to remember is that weight loss needs to be a family or household affair. It takes dedication andcommitment from every one of your dog’s guardians to ensure he stays on track (and that stray treats don’t slip into the mix). A dog’s failure to lose weight is usually related to an owner’s failure to feed him the appropriate number of calories.

Overweight Dog Diet Plan

Here are 10 steps to get you there:

  1. Find your dog’s ideal body weight. Consult your vet — then you’ll have what you need to determine how many calories he should eat daily.
  2. Establish a weight-monitoring plan. Begin with an accurate read of your dog’s starting weight, followed by a plan for regular weigh-ins. For big dogs, you may want to talk to your vet about coming in on a schedule (we recommend every two weeks).
  3. Calculate your dog’s initial daily calorie intake. This is usually calculated by your vet, but you can also use the equation 70 x (Ideal Body Weight in kg)^0.75. Remember to use her ideal body weight. An alternative approach for overweight dogs is to cut their daily calories by about one-third.
  4. Factor in treats. Treats count in your dog’s daily calorie intake, so figure out a reasonable number of treats you’ll offer per day, and total up their calorie content. Consider training treats that have just a few calories each. Subtract this number from the total daily calories (above), and then you’ll know the exact final amount of calories your dog should get in food. Try rewarding good behavior with a toy, interaction, or some other enrichment that doesn’t involve calories. And let all members of the household and guests know about your dog’s diet to steer them away from offering treats or table scraps.
  5. Identify the right food and amount of it. Weighing the food is the most accurate, followed by precise measuring cups (a 1/4-cup scoop is much better than using the 1/4-cup line on a 2-cup scoop).
  6. Set a schedule. Feed your dog at least two meals per day; more frequent meals may burn even more calories.
  7. Recheck weight after two weeks on the diet. Ideally your dog will be losing between 0.5 to 2 percent of his starting body weight per week, or about 2 to 8 percent per month. Initially, he may lose weight at a faster rate because of a loss of water weight—so if you see he’s lost more than 2 percent per week early on, there’s no need to adjust.
  8. Adjust calories as needed. Monitor your dog’s weight loss and increase or decrease her calorie intake to make sure you’re hitting the target rate. If you have to decrease her intake, and she seems like she can’t get full, try adding a little water or even very low-calorie veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, celery) to her food.
  9. Ramp up activity. Encourage slow and steady increases in exercise throughout the weight-loss plan.
  10. Monitor progress post-diet. When your dog reaches his target weight, don’t increase calories too soon or too dramatically—doing so could lead to rebound weight gain.

May 14, 2018   No Comments

Happy Mother’s Day! Dog Mom’s Count Too!!

May 13, 2018   No Comments

May 13, 2018   No Comments