The Danger of Dogs and Wildlife Interacting
Big woofs and purrs to all my canine and feline friends. Each month I will be bringing you new and exciting information in the world of pet care, from my personal experiences to my web surfing adventures and stories from my friends.
This month we need to concern ourselves with the dangers facing dogs and wildlife interacting, especially as snakes are very active now and many of my family and friends are already encountering these slithering individuals. My brother and I found a snake in our backyard in Wanneroo a few years ago and boy did it freak our human out when she saw us checking out the visitor, luckily we weren’t bitten but if you, or your family are there are some important signs to look out for as bites from snakes are very painful and can be deadly, and I’m told treatment is extremely expensive.
The main signs of snake bites are:
- salivation, drooling, frothing
- weakness in the back legs, unsteadiness
- dilated pupils
- respiratory distress
- bloody urine
- continuous bleeding from the bite wound
- a flaccid paralysis leading to coma or respiratory failure
- Death can occur within 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of snake venom and the amount of venom injected.
This information was gained from http://m.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Dog-for-Snakebite-in-Australia.
I am also about to do a snake avoidance training course that will help me recognise the odour of snakes, as well as to learn what their movement is like so I won’t go up to them anymore. This should be interesting as it will teach me that snakes are dangerous without me getting seriously hurt in the process. This course was chosen as it ticks all the boxes, we are using live snakes so the odour is accurate (not like snake skin or deceased snakes), I am learning to avoid the snake not have someone tell me to leave it or need rewards from a person to walk away and it is done by both an experienced dog training person (whom I have already worked with and like) and a snake handler with access to the most common and deadly snakes in our area.
But enough about the potential dangers of summer, how about some good news …
I have recently been trying some of the newest fads for dogs to help with pain and joint issues, skin allergies and generally feeling down. The two items I am particularly impressed with, and love the taste of, are coconut oil and golden paste (or turmeric). A small amount in my food regularly and I feel great. Both of these products have a wide range of health benefits for both dogs and humans so if you see your human getting a little slow or creaky you can recommend they try it too. My human was recommended the turmeric by my Bowen therapist to help with my joint issues, I have only been using this for around 3 months but I am happy with the way it makes me feel, the coconut oil I started getting earlier this year when it was added to my brothers food and since then my coat has been shinier and I haven’t been scratching as much so it is definitely working well.
And talking about Bowen therapy, have you ever tried it? Let me tell you it is great, at first I was a little hesitant, I was feeling bad, couldn’t walk properly and generally sore all over, after my first session I was running around the paddock, playing like a puppy and feeling fantastic. I was told at the time I was overdoing it and should ease up on the running but I felt sooooo good, apparently I did overdo it a bit, but I had another session a week later (need to be at least a week between sessions so I had to wait that long before I could see Anja again) and was so much better after that one. After only a few sessions I felt like I was a teenager again and see Anja regularly now so I can be as crazy as I want and she will remove any aching muscles. Many of you would have met Anja at our Christmas in July Charity Walk and got to hear firsthand how she can help you. If you want to book a session with Anja you can contact her on https://www.facebook.com/InTouch-Bowen-1753274068232272/.
I have also recently heard about bone broth so I want to read up on that more and try it out too. Maybe it can be another addition to my diet to ensure I feel great and get to enjoy my sports for a long time to come. I will update you on this after I have fully tested it out.