First Aid Kit for Dogs

Like for humans, dogs may require first aid treatment at least once in their life. It is important to be prepared and have the right equipment on hand when something happens to your dog.

In case of emergency, you want to be able to reduce the pain and discomfort of your dog and save his life.

The first thing to do is to have a dedicated container to store your supplies. The container must be waterproof and labelled especially for your dog’s first aid kit as you don’t want to mix the supplies with the kit for humans. read more

Australian Paralysis Tick And Your Dog – Part 2

In part 1, we’ve discussed the life cycle of ticks and the symptoms of the paralysis ticks of Australia when a dog or cat has become a feeding host. In this final article, I will explain what you can do for your pet when he has been bitten by a paralysis tick, how to remove the tick and tick prevention.

What to do if your pet has a paralysis tick

By now you have familiarised yourself with the symptoms of such tick bite and you are able to recognise the first signs.

The animal will become extremely distressed as the symptoms worsen. It is important to keep your pet calm as the toxins travel faster with the blood when the heart is pumping more rapidly. Be cautious when handling a distressed pet, especially cats as they are unable to discern what is happening around them and can easily cause harm to the handler. read more

Australian Paralysis Tick And Your Dog – Part 1

As soon as spring and the rain arrive, so do the ticks. Here, on the eastern coast of Australia, the deadly Australian paralysing tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is a tick dreaded by all pet owners as it can kill a dog within few hours and may cause serious illness to humans when bitten. In America, the Brown Dog Tick or “Rhipicephalus Sanguineus” is well known for carrying the Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This blood-feeding parasite not only carry many diseases able to infect humans, it also presents serious danger to all pets. read more