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  • Breeds: German Shepherd Dog
  1. I have the same Dog as @Helen She's my fiancée. Helen not Kara. 😂
  2. As we head into Fireworks season now is the time to start thinking about getting your dog ready. Fireworks may look very pretty, but many dogs find the flashing lights and loud noises very frightening. There are tips that you can use on the night itself to help keep your dog calm. If you are aware of your dog having negative reactions towards fireworks, ensure you speak to your vet for further advice. Young dogs that have yet to experience fireworks may really benefit from some preparation to help them to gradually become desensitised to loud noises and associate the noises with something positive rather than something scary. Ali Taylor, Head of Canine Behaviour and Training at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home advises: “Making changes to your dog’s routine in advance may help your dog be more prepared for when fireworks are being let off. Small changes could mean that your dog doesn’t associate loud noises or flashing lights with the fireworks directly, and to help them stay calmer on the night.” “Of course, there are things that you can do on the evening of fireworks night to help a nervous dog. Timing your dog’s walks for when fireworks aren’t being let off, ensuring your curtains are drawn, leaving lights on in the evenings and playing music or tv will all help to buffer the noise and sight of fireworks.” “If you have a young dog who hasn’t experienced fireworks previously get them used to the sounds gradually by playing audio recordings of fireworks at a very low volume whilst engaging in fun activities with your dog such as a bit of training, or toy play. You can gradually increase the volume over time so that they become accustomed to it, if they show any signs of anxiety stop immediately and either go back a few steps of speak to your vet or a behaviourist.” “If you already know that your dog is scared of fireworks it’s best to try and desensitise them to the noises and sounds as far in advance as possible as this can take months of regular training. It’s also best to ensure you are prepared by speaking to your vet or a behaviourist and ensuring that you have the right support in advance of the night.” “Dogs may choose to hide if they are worried by the fireworks, so set up a cosy den area and start to encourage your dog to choose to settle in there use it by hiding some tasty treats.” Ali’s Top Tips Try and introduce changes as far in advance as possible to make your dog more prepared. No matter how good your dog is with fireworks, it’s never advisable to take them to a display. Make Sure Your Pet Is Microchipped And Their Details Are Up To Date Animals can flee when they get scared. If your pet does manage to run away from home while fireworks are going off, you can easily be reunited if they’re microchipped and their chip details are up to date. It’s also a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. Avoid Letting Your Pet Outdoors When Fireworks Are Likely To Go Off By keeping your pet indoors when fireworks are going off, it prevents them being caught out and from getting scared if they’re outside. Make sure you take your dog for a nice long walk before dark and provide litter trays for your cat. Create A ‘Safe Space’ Inside Your Home If your pet is scared, they may take comfort in hiding away. If your dog is used to being in a crate, cover it and leave it open with blankets inside, or alternatively a table draped with a blanket can make a great retreat. For cats, if they normally hide in a specific place, make sure they have access and encourage them to use it with treats and toys. A box lined with blankets and with the opening slightly covered is ideal. Don’t Confine Your Pet To Just One Room If your dog or cat becomes stressed, they may hurt themselves trying to get out, so allow them easy access to all safe areas of the house. Some animals may also be most comfortable curled up in their usual spot with you; let them do whatever suits them the best. Keep The TV Or Radio On To reduce the sudden impact of the sound of fireworks, keep the TV or radio on. Playing certain types of music that don’t have a repetitive beat or any sudden loud noises, like classical music or reggae, can be very calming for pets. Keep Your Pet Distracted With A Treat A new toy or treat can be a great way to distract your dog or cat from the noise. For cats, try something with catnip to keep them occupied, and for dogs try a long-lasting chew toy or a Kong packed with tasty treats. Act Normally Animals are very perceptive creatures, and if they notice you behaving strangely (like following them around and fussing over them) they’ll sense that something is wrong. If you behave normally, it will show them that the fireworks are nothing to worry about and it may help decrease their anxiety. Avoid Picking Up Your Pet If your pet is distressed, avoid picking them up to comfort them, as this could make them more stressed and provoke aggression. Cats also take a long time to calm down, so leave them until morning to settle before interacting with them again. Keep Your Curtains Closed It may not just be the sound of fireworks that stress your pet -the flashes can worry them too. It’s important to make sure your curtains are closed and windows are covered to block out any sudden bursts of light. If Your Pet Is Still Stressed By Fireworks, Consider Talking To Your Vet A vet may be able to provide some medication to help reduce your pet’s anxiety. Bear in mind that any medicinal treatment should always be accompanied by a behaviour management plan and should only be used as a last resort.
  3. Hi Bob, welcome to the pack from another Shepherd Dog person. Great to see the pointy ears and massive paws.
  4. Hi Anna and Sammy, welcome to the pack. I have a bit of a soft spot for Border Collies so it's always great to see new members with them. It's great that you chose to help him. I hope you enjoy it here.
  5. Hi Angela. Welcome to the site and what a gorgeous retriever. Good luck with the agility training. Our Kara is a big clumsy oaf, agility classes would be interesting to say the least 😄 We would love to hear more about it here if you ever have time.
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  7. A belated welcome to the pack Felicity and Marley!
  8. A deadly and mysterious bowel disease is affecting Norwegian dogs according to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority and Norwegian Veterinary Institute. At least 25 dogs have so far been reported with the disease that has officials searching for answers. First reported in Oslo, cases have now been identified in 13 of Norway's 18 administrative regions. The symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea are not new but veterinarians are surprised at how quickly the condition of the dogs deteriorates. One dog was euthanised to avoid suffering as their condition escalated so quickly. Two bacteria have been found in "abnormally large quantities" in some cases but known diseases such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and contact with rat poisons have been ruled out. Tests are still being carried out in the absence of definitive answers with viruses, fungi, parasites and environmental water conditions all thought to be possibilities. Speaking to the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK, Food safety authority spokesman Ole-Herman Tronerud said the illness was "very serious for a dog. But we don't know yet whether this is contagious or just a series of individual cases". Dog owners in Norway have been advised to keep dogs on a lead and to avoid contact with other dogs until more is known.
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  10. Welcome to the pack Laura and good luck in Mutt of the Month
  11. What is your dog's favourite toy? Show us in the comments.
  12. RSPCA officers found dogs with untreated health problems living in unsuitable conditions A puppy farmer has been convicted of eight animal welfare offences after RSPCA officers found ‘depressed’ dogs living in dark, dirty conditions in Kent. The animal welfare charity’s Special Operations Unit launched an investigation after four members of the public made complaints having bought puppies from a property between December 2017 and February 2018. They became suspicious after their puppies became ill. All of the pups died. On Monday (12 August), Mark Burgess* (DoB: 22/05/1980) of Old Ashford Road in Brenzett was convicted of eight offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. He appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court to hear the judge’s verdict after the case was adjourned following his trial in June. RSPCA officers joined police to execute a warrant at the Brenzett property on 21 February. Twenty dogs were found living in unsuitable conditions and were seized by police and placed into RSPCA care - 12 adults and eight puppies. RSPCA Inspector Carroll Lamport, lead investigator, said: “We found a mix of different breeds at the site including beagles, Dalmatians, spaniels and dachshund crosses. “Some were pregnant, others had litters of tiny puppies while some had clear signs that they’d been used for breeding previously.” Many of the dogs were being kept in wholly inadequate and unsuitable conditions, some in dark, cold kennels and others in filthy makeshift runs. An elderly German shepherd was found living outside, tethered to an old wooden kennel. A vet said she was showing signs of skin disease - her shaggy coat was patchy and bald in places - and had muscle wastage and weak back legs. Inspector Lamport added: “Some of the dogs were extremely frightened and shut down. Some were living in almost complete darkness and others were huddled at the back of their runs. “One beagle was sitting uncomfortably in a filthy, wet kennel. She looked so depressed. “When we searched a freezer onsite we made a horrifying discovery; a small, four-week-old puppy. The body was frozen rigid and dumped in the bottom of a blood-soaked freezer.” Two cats and three kittens suffering from cat flu were also seized and later signed over. The German Shepherd was sadly put to sleep but the remaining dogs were all signed over into RSPCA care and rehomed. Mark Burgess is due back for sentencing on 23 September at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court. Warning: Video contains distressing scenes.
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  14. (article contains graphic imagery but a happy ending) A young dog’s taste for adventure ended in near-disaster when he tried to jump the garden fence and was left with a horrific wound to his paw. When owner Margaret Harkinson (77) let two-year-old Lurcher, Rocco, into the garden of their home in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, she had no idea that he would soon be heading for emergency treatment from PDSA vets with a freak injury. “Rocco had only been outside for a few minutes when I heard a really loud howl which made my heart drop,” said Margaret. “I rushed to the window to see Rocco limping next to the fence. I brought him inside and saw his paw was bleeding badly. We knew we had to quickly put pressure on to stop the bleeding and call the vet. We called PDSA and they told us to bring him in straight away.” Although Rocco is used to going out in the garden by himself, on this occasion he inexplicably tried to jump the fence into the neighbour’s garden. The poor dog got his leg caught on the fence and suffered a horrific injury to his front left paw, leaving his skin torn away. Margaret continued: “When we got to the Pet Hospital they rushed straight through. I was in tears, I was so worried about him.” Registered Vet Nurse, Emma Lawson, from Glasgow East PDSA Pet Hospital, said: “Rocco came in with a severe wound to his left front paw. He had what’s known as a ‘de-gloving’ injury, which is where a section of skin is completely torn off from the underlying soft tissue, muscle or bone. We gave him painkillers to make him comfortable, and sedated him so we could clean and dress the wound to encourage it to heal. We also took x-rays to check he had no broken bones, but luckily there were no fractures.” Rocco's paw was 'degloved' in the freak accident After spending a day recovering at PDSA, Rocco returned home with painkillers and antibiotics, and returned regularly to the Pet Hospital for bandage changes, performed under sedation to keep him comfortable. “Rocco is improving every day”, said Margaret, “Although he can’t walk properly on his leg yet, he is already starting to get back to his normal bouncy self.” Emma added: “Rocco has been coming into the Pet Hospital every few days for bandage changes and has been making good progress. Thankfully, his wound is healing nicely and we expect him to make a full recovery, though he will still need regular checks until he is out of the woods.” Margaret said: “Rocco is such a lovely dog, we were heartbroken when he got injured. I know that his treatment so far has cost the charity over £275, with more treatment still needed. I would have struggled to afford that, so I am very grateful to PDSA for their help and have contributed what I can. They are wonderful and I think the work they do is brilliant.” Rocco after his paw was first bandaged Pets can get themselves into all sorts of scrapes and mishaps. Thanks to Margaret’s quick action, Rocco’s misadventure has a happy ending. Would you know what to do in a pet emergency? PDSA have produced a pet first aid guide with lots of helpful information and advice. You can get a free copy of the guide, and sign up for PDSA Pet First Aid courses, by visiting: www.pdsa.org.uk/firstaid
  15. A 25-year-old woman who works for the RSPCA has shaved off all her hair to raise money for the animal charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Nicole Thackray, who lives in Southwater in West Sussex, decided to shave off her hair to raise as much money as she could for two charities which are very close to her heart. Nicole Thackray (With hair) Nicole, a data selections executive at the RSPCA in Southwater, is originally from Leeds so she wanted the money to go to the RSPCA Leeds branch specifically. She is also donating money to Great Ormond Street Hospital as her cousin’s child, Jenna, was cared for by the charity when she was diagnosed with a rare brain condition. She said: “Everyone who knows me knows how much I adore staffies and there are far too many of this breed in the RSPCA, so I am doing my bit to help these fabulous dogs and allow them to enjoy their life a little bit more whilst they are in kennels. The money for the RSPCA will go to these dogs for toys, blankets and other training tools as this is crucial in order to set them up for their future life. “The Leeds branch can take up to 15 dogs and is a safe haven for abandoned and neglected animals where they can be rehabilitated before they are found new homes. Not only does this branch care for the animals in their care but they also spent £14,458 last year within the local community to secure veterinary assistance, microchipping and neutering.” Nicole Thackray (Without hair) The head shave took place on 15th July 2019 at the RSPCA headquarters offices and so far Nicole has raised £2,087 for her chosen charities. She will not be wearing a wig whilst her hair grows back but sporting her shaved head proudly and admits it has been much easier to get ready for work this past week! She added: “Everyone was always telling me how lovely my hair was and how lucky I was as it is not coloured, it was very long and very thick and to be honest, I don't do enough with it. So I decided to shave it all off. My hair is going to the Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for children. “The other half of my money is going to Great Ormond Street Hospital. This charity and hospital is very important to myself and my family as I have a young family member who has a life limiting rare brain condition causing epilepsy, learning disabilities, sensory disorders, severe sight impairments and cerebral palsy. “She had to travel to GOSH every fortnight for a year for tests and assessments to undergo brain surgery and sadly this did not work and she continued having 30 seizures a day, each life threatening. Three years later she underwent a hemispherectomy at GOSH and this disconnected the left hand side of the brain from the right. “It took Jenna a week to wake up after surgery and miraculously she can now develop a life with no seizures and begin to breathe normally. This is my family's story for this hospital but everyday 618 children arrive there and the brightest minds come together and achieve medical breakthroughs. “My money will go towards funding paediatric research and buying life saving equipment in order to help so many extremely poorly children and young people like Jenna.” To show your support to Nicole and donate to the RSPCA and Great Ormond Street Hospital, visit the Virgin Money page. If you’d like to take on a challenge and raise money for the RSPCA, visit their website.